How did Iris wind up at the rundown farm of a bitter aunt she’s never met? So much for the promise made to Iris’s dad on his deathbed that she would stay with Bea’s family for her last two years of school in Maine, vying for a softball scholarship.
Hulking cousin Book, the football player, cringes away when Aunt Sue yells. Now Iris has to milk the goats, eat the junkfood or do without. No internet, no long-distance phone. But Aunt Sue is quick to spend the money Dad left to Iris on a new truck for Book, a new TV that Iris can’t watch.
What advanced placement classes? Iris suffers through subjects she’s already mastered, is mocked for her accent, is horrified by the rampant tobacco use in this rural North Carolina high school where only football is revered.
Aunt Sue’s temper finally rages out of control, landing Iris in the hospital and her relatives in jail. Who will care for the goats while Iris is with a foster family in town? If the football team loses the playoffs because Book is in jail, will she ever be safe in the halls at school? How can she deal with what comes after the attack? How?
A gritty, realistic novel for very mature readers who will root for Iris to make it through these terrible situations she didn’t cause, holding their breath as they read on… 334 pages
- Recommended by: Katy Manck, Librarian-at-Large (retired academic/corporate/school librarian), Gilmer, Texas, USA