Friday Never Leaving

Friday Never Leaving

Book - 2013
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"Friday Brown and her mother Vivienne live their lives on the road, but when Vivienne succumbs to cancer, 17-year-old Friday decides to search for the father she never knew. Her journey takes her to a slum of orphans and runaways, ruled by a charismatic leader named Arden"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9781442486522
144248652X
9781442486553
Characteristics: 322 pages ; 20 cm

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JCLAmyF Sep 10, 2014

Now this was a crazy, interesting book. Very well-written, with unique and strange characters.

Friday's mother passes away, leaving her with a grandfather she can't connect with, a legacy of stories that may or may not be true, and an insatiable wanderlust. She hooks up with a gang of street kids, and even though she is scared of a deeper connection, she is desperate to belong to something. The charismatic Arden adopts her into the gang and Friday slowly realizes the dangers both of being alone - and of getting too close.

JCLChrisK Feb 17, 2014

Friday is trying to figure out a new and unexpected sensation: feeling lost. She has spent her life as a nomadic, isolated wanderer, constantly moving from place to place, never setting down roots or getting attached. But she always did so with her mother, who gave her a place to belong and stories that provided her an identity. Now her mom is dead, and Friday no longer knows who she is or where she belongs. Certainly not with her rich grandfather, who cut her mother out of his life. Maybe with her father, except he doesn't know Friday exists and she doesn't know who he is aside from a picture that might help her track him down.
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Friday decides to follow that lead and, after living exclusively in small towns and the country, heads to the city to find her father. There, feeling adrift, she takes up with a "family" of homeless teens headed up by the charismatic, unpredictable Arden. Friday doesn't want to get attached, yet she finds herself drawn in by each of them in different ways. Soon she is more involved than she ever expected and heading towards a level of crazy and danger that she never bargained for. She might have just run out of freedom and options.
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An engaging, skillfully written book that moves from drifting to gripping with surprising speed and enthrallment.

LibraryK8 Jan 31, 2014

This is a tale of searching for your place in the world, your voice, your mother. It always kept me a little on edge, which I think was the author's goal.

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LibraryK8 Jan 31, 2014

Friday crisscrosses Australia with her mother, hearing tales of how her female ancestors have all died of drowning on auspicious Saturdays. Her mother has a knack with weaving tales, and Friday Brown is caught in her web...until her mother is diagnosed with cancer. Friday watches her mother waste away to nothing, until she dies quietly in the night, her lungs filled with fluid.

Friday sets out on her own, heading into the city, looking for a father she never knew. Instead she finds a different family in a group of squatters lead by the fearless Arden. Friday doesn't feel comfortable in the city, but she wants to wrapped in a family once again and ignores the strange feeling she gets from Arden and the ragtag group.

But she is pushed past her comfort zone when Arden burns down the squat and moves the "family" to an abandoned down in the middle of the outback. She swears she will leave the group, but before she can, something horrible happens.

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