Fourteen-year-old Harley Columba is convinced she's adopted. She's nothing like her abusive, alcoholic father or her bitter, romance novel-reading mother. They have brown eyes, but Harley's eyes are "blue," They argue and drink and thrive in dreary suburbia while Harley paints, writes poetry, and longs for a different family and a better life. But then she finds a new, startling piece of evidence: a harlequin doll that's been hidden away for years, with a note around its neck: " Papa loves you forever and a day. " Now Harley has genuine hope--hope that she can escape the chaos of the Columba household. Hope that she can find her "real" father. Tough, funny, and refreshingly honest, "Harley, Like a Person "is a compelling story of family, the power of creativity, and the enduring strength of self. "From the Trade Paperback edition. "
Sixteen-year-old Harley Columba knows that October 9th won't be an ordinary day. At 8:00 a. m. she stands on the pier and gazes at the Statue of Liberty, framed by the morning sun and the fading moon. This is the day her first art exhibit opens in a gallery in New York City. The day Harley and her friends will visit the Broadway set designed by her newfound father, the famous Sean Shanahan. The day she returns to her hometown, Lenape Lakes, New Jersey, in stifling suburbia--with Sean, who hasn't been back for 14 years. The fact that it's the ninth also means that she's five days late. She and Evan were careless thatonetime, and she could be about to make a mess of her life. October 9th--Harley's ninth--promises to be a monumental day as Harley reexamines herself as an artist, a girlfriend, a daughter, and a person.
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