Pearson, Mary E. A room on Lorelei Street.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review

PEARSON, Mary E. A room on Lorelei Street. Macmillan, Square Fish. 270p. c2005. 978-0-312-38019-9. $7.99. SA*

To quote the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, July 2005: In a small town in Texas, Zoe, a nearly lost 17-year-old daughter of an alcoholic, is trying to find her own way. All her life, she has covered for her mother, cared for her little brother, and listened to her opinionated grandmother; now, she feels her only hope of survival is to escape, to get away. Her little brother is safe with an uncle and his wife, her father has been dead for several years, her mother is not getting any better--so Zoe finds a room in the home of a wonderful elderly woman. She has to save every penny she earns as a waitress at a local diner and still it never is enough for rent, for food. She is on the tennis team and she has some good friends, but it seems before she can become her own person, fall in love, get along in school, someone has to nurture her. Opal, her landlady, is one of the few adults in her life who enjoys her company and supports her emotionally.

This is a raw story. Zoe's mother is a piece of work, completely selfish and irresponsible...

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