|Seventeen-year-old Fern is having a hard time: she finds school difficult, lives in a run-down apartment in a dangerous neighborhood, and watches her mother struggle to survive on a housekeeper''s meager salary. But through it all, Fern''s mother refuses to give in and makes sure that Fern knows she is loved. And Fern does have outlets: she writes to an imaginary friend named Xanoth, pets her beloved cat Beauty, and imagines living a different life. But when Fern''s mother dies suddenly of a heart attack, Fern finds herself struggling to survive in an entirely new way. This young-adult novel tells a stirring tale of perseverance, love, and hope.|
From the Publisher:
Struggling just to get by day-to-day, 17-year-old Fern's main source of happiness is the constant reassurance of her hard-working mother, but when her mother suddenly dies Fern must find a way to survive in the real world on her own.