Stronger Than You Know

Stronger Than You Know
by Jolene Perry (Author)

Booktalk: After police intervention, fifteen-year-old Joy has finally escaped the trailer where she once lived with her mother and survived years of confinement and abuse. Now living with her aunt, uncle, and cousins in a comfortable house, she’s sure she’ll never belong. Wracked by panic attacks, afraid to talk to anyone at her new school, Joy’s got a whole list of reasons why she’s crazy.

Snippet: I reach for the front door to start my walk to school. I’m not going in the car because after yesterday and last night I’d rather not ride with Trent.

“Joy, wait. Trent wants to talk to you,” Aunt Nicole says from the kitchen.

In my limited experience, if Trent wanted to talk to me, Trent would be the one talking right now, not his mom.

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