Authored by Darbie Andrews
Fifteen-year-old Clarissa Cruz must cope with the disturbing behavior of a mother who pursues male compansionship at any cost. Chaos at home leads Clarissa into touble at school, with her stepfather, and with the law. She does a stint in Juvenile Hall, watches her brother Miguel get taken into custody by Child Protective Services, and navigates the twists and turns of first love. And if that isn't enough, shocking secrets are revealed as Clarissa tries to contact her biological father in time to invite him to her Quinceañera.
About the author:
Darbie Andrews is a single parent of two, a bilingual high
school teacher, Zumba instructor, and teen counselor in northern
California. Her publication credits include Chicken Soup for the Soul -
Curvy and Confident. Darbie loves working with youth and creating
innovative ways to reach them.