Dented Cans by Heather Walsh
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services (November 2012)
All 16 year old Hannah Sampson looks forward is going to college so she can leave her small town and dysfunctional family behind. What's dysfunctional about them... well her father likes to buy dented cans- preferably without the label. Her mother obsessively takes pictures for her scrapbooks but then doesn't let anyone look at her scrapbooks. Her 14 yr. old brother is headed for a life at a fast food place because of his grades and her 8 yr. old brother mostly uses sound effects to communicate. And none of them communicate with one another. Everything changes though on a trip to Disney World when Hannah stops being passive and finally speaks her mind. Then something is revealed by her parents that changes her world.
This was a fast paced novel- it only took me a day to read it. I thought the author captured the voice of a 16 yr. old well. At first I wished the other characters had been fleshed out more but it is Hannah's story so I got over that. I found it to be an accurate portrayal of a dysfunctional family and applauded Hannah's decision- that sometimes you have to help yourself first in order to help others. A nice coming of age tale.
I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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