Nothing to lose

by Flinn, Alex.

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A year after running away with a traveling carnival to escape his unbearable home life, sixteen-year-old Michael returns to Miami, Florida, to find that his mother is going on trial for the murder of his abusive stepfather.
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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 Wife abuse Juvenile fiction
Murder Juvenile fiction
Mothers and sons Juvenile fiction
Trials (Murder) Juvenile fiction
Runaways Fiction
Wife abuse Fiction
Murder Fiction
Mothers and sons Fiction
Trials (Murder) Fiction
Young Adult Fiction
Miami (Fla.) Juvenile fiction.
Miami (Fla.) Fiction.
Electronic books.
Publisher New York :HarperTeen2012
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Language English
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ISBN 9780062208224
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