I read almost every genre & I enjoy venturing into unfamiliar territory. As a library volunteer, I'm constantly bringing home novels. Being a substitute teacher, I read lots of YA & children's books.
Maggie is starting high school. It’s going to a difficult transition from being homeschooled and with no friends besides her brothers; Maggie is not thrilled at what lies ahead for her. Her brothers and her father tell her what an exciting time high school is and what fun awaits her and she hopes that they are correct. Maggie’s mother homeschooled all her children until they reached their high school years and now that her youngest child has reached the age where she will enter high school, her mother has decided to leave the family, the family will have to survive without her. Guilt has fallen on Maggie’s shoulders, another burden that she will have to carry as she walks through the doors of high school. Maggie is excited that first day, eager to see what awaits her, but when she arrives her expectations immediately fade. It’s more than she envisioned, it’s chaos and she can’t imagine being a part of it. There is one girl that Maggie notices that hangs out with her brother, who seems not be a part of the masses and she notices them. This just might be the connection that she needs. Her brothers try to assist her at school but they have their own issues to deal with and Maggie needs to find a friend that she can connect with. While walking to school, the ghost who has been haunting her for years makes her appearance. This upsets Maggie for why does she haunt her and what does this ghost want? Maggie wants to call it quits but she can’t as she has no other options. It’s difficult but yet somehow, the day has ended and she has survived. Tomorrow is a new day and with new possibilities.
I am not sure what character I like more, Maggie or Lucy. Maggie was a great strong character, who was not afraid of speaking out or going after what she wanted. I thought Lucy was brave and I loved her attitude. Even with everything that was going on, she was positive and happy. Maggie and Lucy were good for each other. I really enjoyed the relationships of the boys in this story, their rough-housing, their confrontations and the way they resolved their issues. I enjoyed this graphic novel; I felt it conveyed a great story.