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Title: Paper Hearts
Author: Debrah Williamson
Pages:333 (paperback)
ISBN: 978-0-451-22142-1

Paper Hearts  Paper Hearts by Deborah Williamson tells the story of a 15-year-old runaway.  Chancy Deel has had a rough life and wants things to get better.  Her mother never wanted her around, and there were always strange men hanging around.  Chancy never knew who her actual father was.  Chancy’s mother, B.J., has drug and alcohol problems.  B.J.’s mother sold her at a truck stop when she was young to get money for drugs.  B.J. now feels the need to take her abandonment issues out on Chancy.  She beats her, deprives her of needed things, and abuses her verbally and emotionally.  The men that B.J. brings around also abuse Chancy.  Social workers have taken Chancy away from her mother several times, but they always give her back.  This time though, while Chancy is staying in a group home, she decides to not take the chance of being given back to her mother.  She runs away and hitches rides with people, finally ending up in the tiny town of Wenonah, Oklahoma.  While in Wenonah she meets an elderly man who needs her as much as she needs him.  The two bond, and Chancy starts to learn that not everybody in the world bad.  With time, she learns trust, forgiveness, and the meaning of love.

  I fell in love with this book from the very beginning.  Deborah Williamson has created wonderful, flawed, real-life characters.  She takes you on a journey that will make you laugh and cry and wish that it didn’t have to end.  While I was reading this book I found myself not wanting to put it down, but at the same time I found myself reading it very slowly, because I did not want it to end.  Chancy is such a lovable character, you want to enter the story and help her.  I think that everybody should take the time to sit down and read this book.  It teaches you about the power of love and friendship.

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One Comment

  1. This sounds interesting!


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