Thursday, November 24, 2016

All We Had by Annie Weatherwax

All We Had
Thirteen year old Ruthie is tough.  She had to be growing up in poverty with her mother Rita.  When the story begins. they have been evicted and move in with a "boyfriend" that her mother finds for them to live with.  They soon leave him and head out towards the east coast, where Rita is sure that Ruthie will eventually wind up in an Ivy League college.  Their car breaks down in a small town called Fat River, where they settle in and make a life for themselves with Rita working as a waitress.  Ruthie's best friend is Peter Pam, a transgender waitress who also works with Rita.  Eventually, the economy has a downturn and Rita finds herself her richest boyfriend yet.  This story is gritty and touching and I could not put it down.  I highly recommend this book.

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