Harley, Like a Person

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Winslow Press, 2000 - Adoption - 248 pages
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Who is my father? That's the difficult question faced by Harley Columba, the feisty 14-year-old narrator of Cat Bauer's debut novel.

Harley lives in a suburb less than an hour from New York City, but it might as well be "four zillion light years away". She's sure she's adopted, since there's no way those "two psychos" -- as she calls her abusive father and bitter mother -- could be her parents. Harley tabulates the differences: her eyes blue, their eyes brown; her interest in poetry and painting, their dog-eared stacks of romance novels and Popular Mechanics.

Harley's life changes radically after she finds a note signed "Papa loves you forever and a day". As things deteriorate at home, Harley's grades slide and she starts hanging with a wild crowd. As life closes in on her, Harley's search for her "real father" takes her to New York City and the truth at last.

Tough, funny, and refreshingly honest, Harley (like a person) is a compelling story of mothers, fathers, daughters, and the healing power of living authentically.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Living in a thoroughly dysfunctional family, with an alcoholic father and an enabling mother, Harley Columba feels and hopes that she is adopted. Researching her birth certificate, she finds ... Read full review

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User Review  - DF6B_MeaghanG - LibraryThing

Harley has brown eyes, her parents have blue. Harley is convinced she is adopted when her parents tell her that they lost her birth certificate while moving to a new home. living with a drunken father ... Read full review

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About the author (2000)

Bauer grew up in New Jersey and has also lived in New York City and Hollywood. She now lives in Venice, Italy.

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