One for the Murphys
by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Carley uses humor and street smarts to keep her emotional walls high and thick. But the day she becomes a foster child, and moves in with the Murphys, she's blindsided. This loving, bustling family shows Carley the stable family life she never thought existed, and she feels like an alien in their cookie-cutter-perfect household. Despite her resistance, the Murphys eventually show her what it feels like to belong--until her mother wants her back and Carley has to decide where and how to live. She's not really a Murphy, but the gifts they've given her have opened up a new future.
This book was an emotional rollercoaster ride! Carley was a great narrator with a story that will just twist your gut... there were moments that I started to cry because I couldn't believe poor Carley's situation with her mom, but then I would find myself grinning like a maniac as she played with the Murphy boys. When Carley has to decide what to do for the rest of her life... it was such a bittersweet decision.
Even though this book is geared for a slightly younger audience, I would absolutely recommend this story for anyone who loves realistic and emotional stories.