Sixteen-year-old Meg Shanley has to start life over again in Los Angeles because her thirty-year-old sister Lucie can't get it together. Lucie is always chasing a new man, quitting her job, and packing up their lives. Meg wishes she didn't have to count on Lucie, but she's the only family Meg has ever known.
Then a man arrives on their doorstep and reveals a shocking truth: Back in New York Meg has an uncle, a grandmother, and a father who might not even know she exists. Meg sees an opportunity to have the family she's always dreamed about. She summons all her will, defies Lucie, and travels to New York.
But happiness, she discovers, doesn't lie in a new family. Instead it rests in the true source of her inner strength - in a secret that has been buried deep inside her heart.
©2007 Leigh Purtill; (P)2008 Penguin
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