With her alcoholic father near death, Colleen Davis gathers her scattered family to make peace while they still can. Her mother abandoned her to start a new life, and The Second Sister (4.5G), Violet, also left the abusive home and never looked back. Violet is accompanied home by family friend Vince Moreno, and the trip back to East L.A. forces him to face demons from his own past before he can find happiness with Colleen. Realistic characters, strong emotion and an ending that is neither pat nor clichéd make Carrie Weaver's novel a top-notch tearjerker.
Reviewed by: 
Christine Merrill