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In addition to being a YA author, Lisa Nowak is a retired amateur stock car racer, an accomplished cat whisperer, and a professional smartass. She writes coming-of-age books about kids in hard luck situations who learn to appreciate their own value after finding mentors who love them for who they are. She enjoys dark chocolate and stout beer and constantly works toward employing wei wu wei in her life, all the while realizing that the struggle itself is an oxymoron.
Lisa has no spare time, but if she did she’d use it to tend to her expansive perennial garden, watch medical dramas, take long walks after dark, and teach her cats to play poker. For those of you who might be wondering, she is not, and has never been, a diaper-wearing astronaut. She lives in Milwaukie, Oregon, with her husband, four feline companions, and two giant sequoias.
on Dec. 09, 2015 :
In this beautifully written, gritty and intense in-your-face YA novel, Ms Nowak uses stark realism & uncanny accuracy to deliver a timely wake-up call about how a significant portion of America's youth currently lives. I couldn't put this book down, and read it through in one sitting from start to finish. Although the subject matter is dark, this is NO pity party! Instead, it's an inspiring and uplifting fictional account of a young man who, despite shattered self-esteem and overwhelming odds against him, keeps his moral compass front-and-center and somehow finds the courage to extricate himself - as well as those he loves - from an untenable situation. Ms. Nowak, if you have a day job other than writing, please do us all a huge favor and quit. All of us, and particularly America's youth, desperately need you to spend *all* of your time creating these thought-provoking, eye-opening & encouraging little masterpieces. Thank you!
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)