Amber Appleton lives in a bus. Ever since her mother's boyfriend kicked them out, she, her mom, and her awesome dog have been camped out in the back of the school bus her mom drives. Amber's too proud to ask for help, so, instead of dwelling on the bad stuff, she surrounds herself with a zany cast of characters.
Amber carefully balances her homelessness, her alcoholic mother, and her quirky circle of friends until her mother is murdered, and her joy for life is destroyed. But just when Amber thinks she can't recover, the people whose lives she's touched come together and bring hope back into her life.
Debut YA author Matthew Quick creates a beautifully beaten-up world of love, friendship, and faith. Written with a quirky, distinct voice, this novel will break your heart but build it up again. The world is Amber's stage, and Amber... well, she's sorta like a rock star.
* "This book is the answer to all those angst-ridden and painfully grim novels in the shortcut lingo of short attention-span theater. Hugely enjoyable."
—School Library Journal, starred review
"A searing story of redemption."
Matthew Quick (aka Q) is the New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook, The Good Luck of Right Now, and four young adult novels, Sorta Like a Rock Star, Boy21, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock, and Every Exquisite Thing. His work has been translated into thirty languages, and has received a PEN/Hemingway Award Honorable Mention. The Weinstein Company and David O. Russell adapted The Silver Linings Playbook into an Academy Award winning film. Q lives in North Carolina with his wife, novelist/pianist Alicia Besette.