Harley, Like a Person

Front Cover
Winslow Press, 2000 - Adoption - 248 pages
14 Reviews
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.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

this book was really interesting, the beginning was boring but later in the book it got awesome and at the end it got sad. i really like harleys charecter and when she finally says "like a person" because the part when it went "baby girl harley" it was so sad i cried because of what hse thought and people thought of herself 

Review: Harley (Harley Columba #1)

User Review  - Ashley - Goodreads

this was one of the first young adult novels I ever read even I was about14. I instantly fell in love with it and still remember falling in love with "strawberry fields forever" by the Beatles because of that part of the book. awesome! I can't wait to read it again after do many years. Read full review

Common terms and phrases

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.

"From the Hardcover edition.

Bibliographic information