Sorta Like a Rock Star - Matthew Quick Amber Appleton is currently homeless, sleeping on the school bus her mother drives part-time, and trying to keep her life and her self together. She does the best she can with what she's got and makes the best out of her situation. She volunteers at the old folks home, she teaches english to Korean ladies at her church and she takes care of an autistic classmate in return for meals and shower privileges at his house. But Amber is barely holding it together, keeping herself and her pup, Bobby Big Boy fed, while watching her mother decline in health due to alcoholism. Then one night the unthinkable happens and Amber is left shattered and alone. What happens to her and how she survives and recovers is an amazing and moving story.

I stayed up late into the night, crying quietly so as not to wake my sleeping husband. I recommended this one to my daughter, I hope she reads it. It is definitely going down as one of my favorites!