Title: LEAVING PEACESYLVANIA
Genre: Contemporary YA
Lark is the perfect hippie, growing up on a picturesque commune with her nine siblings, celebrating individuality, frolicking in peace and free love. Except, she’s sick of it all. At sixteen, this life of permissive parents and free rein to do as she pleases is getting old--especially when her days involve watching her mother dance topless around a campfire, high on ‘shrooms. She wants to experience life. Real life. No more of this Kumbaya, grow-your-own-food, down-with-the-man stuff. She takes a leap and attends public school.
Lark thrives in the real world. She even meets a boy she can be serious about. Jeremiah’s genuine and kind. And Republican. She’s ready to leave Peacesylvania behind. But when the commune gets busted on drug charges and must sell the land to a suburban McMansion developer, Lark realizes just how much of her self she will lose.
My to-do list has grown dauntingly long and the darkening grapes are just another reminder of how quickly this summer is ending.