Finished Gem & Dixie by Sara Zarr. I received a copy for review.
For as long as Gem can remember, she’s been taking care of her little sister, Dixie. Their dad is mostly out of the picture; their mom works a lot and has drug and alcohol problems. When Gem gets a chance to escape, she has to decide if she’ll be able to tale Dixie with her (or if Dixie would even want to go).
I loved this book. It’s a hard read (no, Gem’s life isn’t AWFUL but she still has responsibilities teenagers shouldn’t have and it’s also pretty horrible that people act like her life is fine because she’s not being abused) but there’s also so much hope in it.
I love Sara Zarr’s books because they have these incredibly real characters and the books are intense and amazing.