★★ ★ ★ ☆
Set in 1950's New Orleans, the main character, Josie or "Jo" lives with her prostitute Mother, who couldn't care less about her. Josie's goal is to get away from her corruptive mother and go to a prestigous college far away from New Orleans. Working at a friend's father's bookstore to pay for her college leaves almost no time for fun, along with caring for her friend's father. She wasn't very relateable to me, but I could sympathize with her struggles.
I would say the main conflict is Josie's mother, who provides lots of trouble for her, along with the abusive boyfriend she has.
I would reccomend this book to fans of YA, historical fiction, and if you're looking for something deeper.
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