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Nothing to lose

by Flinn, Alex.

Format: Print Book 2004
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Shaler North Hills Library Young Adult Fiction YA FLI
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Young Adult Fiction
Call Number  YA FLI
I shouldn't have come back to Miami. . . . I've been escaping cops' notice for a year now -- since I ran away. I'm no longer Michael Daye, high school athlete with a promising future. Now I look like someone with no future. I look like a carny. A year ago Michael's life seemed pretty good, at least from the outside. But with a new stepfather in the picture, his world was actually violently out of control. When Michael grabs a chance to leave town with a traveling fair, he finds that their motto of ?don't ask, don't tell? is a welcome refuge from the unbearable situation at home. But now Michael is back in Miami, and his mother is on trial for murder. As the day of her trial draws closer, Michael wonders how much longer he can hide from his past . . . and his future.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 7-12. The author of Breathing Underwater (2001) and Breaking Point (2002) mines her legal background to good effect in this new novel. A year has passed since Michael fled his impossible home life to join a traveling carnival. Now the 17-year-old runaway has returned to Miami to find his mother going on trial for the murder of his savagely abusive stepfather. What really happened? Only Michael knows the whole truth, but will he come forward? In a narrative that--in brief, alternating chapters--moves backward and forward in time, Flinn expertly reveals how very complicated this question is. The result is a fast-paced, readable mystery that is rooted in the psychology of battered-spouse syndrome and its impact on an entire family. An inside look at carnival life and Michael's growing love for another carny namedirstie add gritty texture and a layer of emotional richness to the already intriguing plot. --Michael Cart Copyright 2004 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Michael Daye has been living under an assumed name and traveling with a carnival for the past year, but he returns with the carnival to Miami just as his mother is about to stand trial for murdering her abusive older husband, supposedly right after Michael left. Sickened at media depictions of his mother as a scheming, ruthless golddigger, Michael decides to help her, but when he asks a lawyer to prepare him to testify, he slowly reveals pieces of a chilling secret. Flinn (Breaking Point) creates a compelling premise and format, alternating between the past year and the present. Michael remembers how Walker, his rich stepfather, beat and controlled his mother (Michael is so afraid to leave her that he quits the football team, even though he's about to start as quarterback). When he meets Kirstie, a carnival worker who shares a troubled past, they form a fast bond; she encourages him to join her world ("We don't talk about our pasts here"). But when he does, Kirstie's gone, and he learns he "can't escape who I was, or what I still am." Although the contrivances wear thin-both Walker and Michael's mother are too one-dimensional to seem believable, and fans of the genre will easily guess Michael's big secret-the juicy story and edgy narration will likely hook readers. Ages 14-up. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Runaways -- Fiction.
Wife abuse -- Fiction.
Murder -- Fiction.
Mothers and sons -- Fiction.
Trials (Murder) -- Fiction.
Miami (Fla.) -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :HarperTempest,2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 277 pages ; 19 cm
ISBN 0060517514 (lib. bdg.)
9780060517526 (pbk.)
0060517522 (pbk.)
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