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Nothing ever happened here. Nothing ever would.
Fifteen-year-old Kenny Wilson wants nothing more than to get out of Comfort, Texas—fast. Only three things stand in his way: getting enough money together, convincing Cindy Blackwell to go with him, and escaping the clawlike grip of his mother.
Amidst these problems, Kenny must also contend with tumultuous feelings about his alcoholic father (newly released from prison) and his growing guilt over leaving his baby brother behind in a wake of dysfunction. But as life at home becomes even more unbearable and threatens to destroy his plans, he is determined not to lose his dreams to a lifetime of waiting tables in his mama’s rundown café. Propelled by desire and despair, Kenny discovers the power of words and how they can change lives in ways he never dared to hope for. He comes to realize that there’s a time to stop running and take a stand.
About the Author
Speech pathologist Carolee Dean published Comfort in 2002.
"Dean has superbly woven poets and poetry into the teen's story. Outstanding writing, strong characterization and plot development, and good background information make this title rise above many other recent genre entries." School Library Journal, Starred
"Reminiscent of S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders, this novel poignantly portrays the life of a good kid with rotten parents who are so engrossed in their own problems that their children become emotional orphans." --VOYA VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)
"Readers who crave independence and a way to break destructive family cycles will take interest, as will fans of poetry and poetry slams." --Kirkus Reviews Kirkus Reviews