A Room on Lorelei Street by Mary E. Pearson

Zoe Beth Buckman has got more than her fair share of troubles.  Every since her dad died, her mom has been a wreck.  Her parents were always drinkers, but now it is clear to Zoe that her mom is an alcoholic who is going to drink herself to death if she doesn’t change her ways.  Zoe’s grandmother insists that she needs to stay and take care of her ailing mother, but Zoe is sick and tired of it all — sick of the secrets and tired of being more of a mom than a daughter.  After things at school start to be affected by her home life, Zoe decides that she needs to get out on her own.  She finds a room for rent on Lorelei Street, but she isn’t quite sure how she will be able to make ends meet.  All she knows is that she needs to get out before she is sucked any further into the vortex of her mother’s misery, and she is willing to do almost anything to make it work.

This book is far from your typical teen angst, but there is still enough for typical teens to relate to.  Family problems, trouble at school, and the desire to start life anew?  Yeah.  I think most teens will definitely find something of themselves in Zoe.

Happy Banned Books Week!


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