Title: Life on Hold
Author: Karen McQuestion
Pages: 197 Pages
A gripping novel about the power of friendship and following your heart.
Rae Maddox’s mom, Gina, thinks nothing of packing up and moving. New apartment, new town, new job–all of it is an adventure to Gina, but for Rae, each move is just one more friend lost, one more chance to feel like an outsider. When they arrive in Wisconsin, Gina promises to stay put until graduation. Cautiously optimistic, Rae wades into the social whirl at Whitman High School, making a few friends and even earning a chance at love.
But when the vice principal pairs her with a new student, Allison Daly, things go bad in a big way. It seems Allison was orphaned after her parents died in a suspicious house fire, leaving their daughter to bounce between relatives’ homes. When a sleepover at Rae’s house goes terribly wrong, Rae sees a troubling side of Allison–and learns a few secrets about her own mother in the process. Suddenly Rae is at risk of losing everything and everyone she cares about–unless she steps up and takes charge of her life once and for all.
Rae has lived a nomadic life. She and her mum have travelled the length of America. When her mum gets bored they just pack up their troubles and leave. So Rae has never really felt settled…until now, Her mum has finally promised they can stay put in one place until she has finished high school and for once Rae isn’t the new girl in school. However, she has been put in charge of the new student Allison who has brought a whole load of secrets with her.
Life on Hold is a great YA story. Through Rae, you deal with situations such as displacement, searching for identity, social class and mental health. McQuestion has a little gem with the novel. A great story with likeable characters, Life on Hold is a good read.
Life on Hold by Karen McQuestion is available now.