Genre: Young Adult, Realistic, Mental Illness
Published: June 12, 2014, Philomel Books
My copy: Hardcover, 288 pages, personally signed
My rating: 4.5/5 stars
Summary: Lucy Peevy has a dream–to get out of the trailer park she lives in and become a famous scientist. And she’s already figured out how to do that: Build a robot that will win a cash prize at the BotBlock competition and save it for college. But when you’ve got a mama who doesn’t always take her meds, it’s not easy to achieve those goals. Especially when Lucy’s mama takes her, her baby sister Izzy, and their neighbor Cam away in her convertible, bound for parts unknown. But Lucy, Izzy and Cam are good at sticking together, and even better at solving problems. But not all problems have the best solutions, and Lucy and Izzy must face the one thing they’re scared of even more than Mama’s moods: living without her at all. [Goodreads]
I met Erin E. Moulton a few weeks ago at my local Barnes & Noble, even though I hadn’t heard of her/read any of her books. She’s super nice, and this book is the first signed one I own. She did tell me that this was the saddest of all three of her books, but I’m really happy that didn’t turn me away from Chasing the Milky Way.
I really enjoyed this book. It’s set in Vermont and New Hampshire (aka my homes), so I was really able to picture the setting. Lucy, Cam and Izzy were such real characters, They had their flaws and their awkwardness, and were able to still be kids while having to act like adults most of the time. It was made obvious throughout the story how living in a trailer park had changed the kids lives: as their running away in a stolen RV, all they talk about is how the people who own it had so much food and fancy kinds of cheese.
Lucy’s thoughts throughout the story were what I expected. She hates her situation, and she wants to hate her mother but knows she can’t. The story of going to BotBlock (a robot competition in NH) was what interested me the most with Lucy. She and Cam have been saving up money whenever they can to pay the entry fee, and they would do anything to go and hopefully win. Her dreams are so big, but they are constantly being crushed, and that’s the saddest part of this book for me. However, the story was so descriptive and real that I couldn’t help but love it.
I wouldn’t read this book if you’re looking for something happy, but definitely pick it up if you’re in the mood for some sadness or an underdog type of story! There’s no romance, but the family-centric feel of the story will make you smile.
NOTE: Sorry for not posting lately, life has been sort of crazy. However, I’m on April break now, and I’m going to post as much as possible this week!