Hello and Happy Friday Readers! We are here again to celebrate the release of another anniversary edition, this time for author Haleigh Wenger's A Feeling Like Home. This YA contemporary is a Whitney Award nominee and winner of the Texas YA Indie Author Project and we are so jazzed for this beautiful Hardcover edition.
Sixteen-year-old Paige Williams can't stop self-sabotaging.
Not when her dad gets sick, not when her relationship implodes, not even when her parents send her to another-freaking-state for the summer to live with her sister. Paige just wants to have fun, spray paint a few walls, and block out everything stressful, including her growing concern that she might be sick as well. To make things worse, her parents threaten her with boarding school in the fall if she can't prove she's changed her bad habits.
Paige's parents sign her up for a rebuilding project in Texas where her sister lives. Meanwhile, Paige reluctantly befriends her sister's straight-laced teenage neighbor, Joey, who is a frequent guest. He's so different from her, but Paige realizes that may not be a bad thing, especially since being around Joey curbs her urge to vandalize and ignore the rules. He even makes her forget about the debilitating stomach cramps she struggles to hide.
Just as Paige begins to feel settled in Texas, her dad's worsening Crohn's disease brings her home to Seattle.
When her own health fails her, she has the choice of staying at home and receiving care. Or, she could go back to Texas and prove for once and for all that she's more than her mistakes and more than a disease.
Torn between two worlds and two versions of herself, Paige must decide where, and with whom, she truly feels at home.
"Haleigh Wenger’s writing was easy to read, and easy to get lost in. Even as someone older than the typical YA demographic, A Feeling Like Home wasn’t a light, airy read by any means. There were illnesses, trauma, and loss, and Paige broke apart and put herself back together right on the page. This was a fantastic read full of self-discovery and healing, and I highly recommend A Feeling Like Home." -Books Jen Recs, Amazon Review