Title: The Chance You Won't Return
Author: Annie Cardi
Genre: Realistic Fiction
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Summary: Alex has a lot of worries. She's flunking drivers ed. She fights with her mother all of the time. And she's crushing on a cute guy at school. Her life gets even more complicated when her mother begins to believe herself to be Amelia Earhart.
My opinion: Alex is a great character. Often selfish and impulsive, she lacks confidence in her daily life. Her shame and fear regarding her mother's illness and the responsibility thrust upon her as well as the consequences of the secrets she keeps from those closest to her really grow her as a character. Add in the sensitive but grimly realistic portrayal of mental illness, and this becomes the kind of book every teen should read.
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