(Fawcett Books, 1996)
(Young Adult Reading Level)
This is my first novel, that no one even knows exists–it was published in 1995 and disappeared without a trace. When it was published I had a party and put my rejections up on the walls of my living room. They reached from baseboard to over my head on all four walls.
Laurie thinks Carla is the luckiest kid in Los Angeles. After all, Carla has parents who let her do anything she wants. Laurie’s mother keeps her on a short leash, demanding that she keep the house clean, cook for her sick father, and stay out of trouble. Still, at Carla’s instigation, they manage to keep things on the street exciting. Sometimes it’s shoplifting, sometimes it’s hitching a ride, sometimes it’s smoking and flirting on the beach with older guys. If Laurie could only be as brave and daring as Carla, she knows her life would be a lot more interesting.
But Laurie also knows that Carla sometimes takes crazy chances. And one night when Carla is in trouble only Laurie can help her–only Laurie and one other person, someone who loves Laurie more than she realizes, someone who would do anything to be with her. . . “Capture[s] the dark underside of growing up . . . Teens will empathize with Laurie’s desire to be free from familial rules and responsibilities, and the realism of some scenes will horrify yet fascinate them.”