Before, After, and Somebody In Between
Martha Kowalski is a quick-witted girl stuck in a bad situation. She's just moved to the slums of Cleveland with an alcoholic mother and Momma's new gun-loving, redneck boyfriend. Yes, there are pockets of goodness in her new life--a friend at school, a boy who lives upstairs, and cello lessons--but every day is filled with abuse from the unrelenting life of the ghetto. One day, Martha finds herself out on the street, and that's when her luck changes. A wealthy family invites her to live with them and within days she is enrolled in private school, is outfitted in the perfect new wardrobe, and is falling for the cutest guy she's ever seen! But life isn't so simple, and soon Martha realizes that she's not the only one with a past.
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BEFORE, AFTER, AND SOMEBODY IN BETWEENUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Martha has spent 14 years following her alcoholic mom through one short-term job/house/relationship after another. The latest variation involves the Cleveland slums and abusive "Wa-ayne." Despite this ... Read full review
Before, After, and Somebody In BetweenUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
There isn't much that doesn't happen to Martha Kowalski, the 14-year-old protagonist in Garsee's down and dirty debut. In the past six years, she's been uprooted 10 times before moving to "one of the ... Read full review