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A moving debut novel about a foster child learning to open her heart to a family's love

Carley uses humor and street smarts to keep her emotional walls high and thick. But the day she becomes a foster child, and moves in with the Murphys, she's blindsided. This loving, bustling family shows Carley the stable family life she never thought existed, and she feels like an alien in their cookie-cutter-perfect household. Despite her resistance, the Murphys eventually show her what it feels like to belong--until her mother wants her back and Carley has to decide where and how to live. She's not really a Murphy, but the gifts they've given her have opened up a new future.
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published on May 10, 2012 by Nancy Paulsen Books
ISBN-10: 0399256156
ISBN-13: 9780399256158
28 Book Reviews
  • kelly4lyfe
    kelly4lyfeSaturday, April 23, 2016 at 3:25 pm55 stars
    love, love, LOOOOOVE this book! If you didn't read this book yet then you should!! It's an amazing book! I recommend you all to read this book because it's awesome!
    • saphlover249
      saphlover249Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 4:22 pm55 stars
      my cousin recommended it
      • al3720
        al3720Monday, November 16, 2015 at 4:01 pm44 stars
        This book is really good, but it is really sad at the end. I seriously cried at the end of the book. None the less, it is still a great book.
        • demosthenes
          demosthenesFriday, October 23, 2015 at 9:17 am
          When Carley moves in with her new family, the Murphys, her life is drastically changed. the Murphys are perfect and she knows she isn't. when she seems to finally fit in news from her mother forces her to make a huge decision whether to stay or leave.
          • poodle6868
            poodle6868Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at 7:01 pm55 stars
            When Carley moves in with her new foster family, the Murphys, her life is completely changed. Carley is used to bad, abusive parents who do not care for her opinions, but with the her new family, she realizes what a healthy, balanced household can be like. At first, Carley thinks she will never fit in with her new family's perfect life. She refuses to be kind with them and wants to escape. But all along, Mrs. Murphy will not let her go and is open to Carley's attitude. Soon enough, Carley softens up so much to the Murphy family that she never wants to go back to her old life. Soon, Carley's mother wants Carley to live with her again, and Carley has to make the biggest decision of her life. Whatever her decision may be, she knows that no matter what, the Murphys will stay in her heart forever. I highly recommend this book to a variety of audiences and give it 5 stars!
            • lilyshine
              lilyshineSaturday, June 27, 2015 at 9:11 am
              I REALLY want this book! I read the beginning of it and it was soooooooooooooo good! Hope to find it at the library.
              • annmarie10
                annmarie10Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 1:09 pm55 stars
                so good every one should read this book
                • uracrazy
                  uracrazyMonday, May 11, 2015 at 12:17 pm55 stars
                  I love this book it is so amazing for fluint readers.A friend read this book in only a few hours!
                  • kjtennis
                    kjtennisThursday, April 9, 2015 at 4:37 pmFeatured
                    I LOVE this book so much. Ok, so Carly is a foster kid who was abused by her parents, so she was sent to another family until her mother gets out of the hospital for mentally ill people. The family's name is the Murphy's. Carly must learn how to cooperate with her foster family and fit in. I won't s spoil this book, but READ IT NOW!!!!
                    • eap7895
                      eap7895Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 4:26 pm55 stars
                      I love this book. It was really kind of people like the Murphy's to take in even just one foster kid. I can't imagine having to go through something like that!