Gabriella Nuvosa was a fourteen year old girl who thought she had it all, until an unforgettable day when everything she thought was secure became unraveled.
After that life-altering day, Gabriella spiraled out of control and spent the next several months being kicked out of school, disengaging from her family, and contemplating whether or not she wanted to live.
Just when it appeared that all was lost, Gabriella found hope from an unlikely source; her eccentric great-aunt Maria, who made a New Mexico reservation her home. Gabriella learned what it was like to step into another person's shoes and realized that there were others in the world that struggled with the same fears of what life expected of them that she had.
Overall, the novel is about a young girl learning how to survive in a world that doesn't always give you what you want or expect. Gabriella learns several life lessons about not judging others, the dangers of being too prideful, and the blessings and curses of opening up to those you care about.
This novel is a great book for young adults and adults like. There is a teachers section at the end of the book that includes discussion questions, projects, community involvement ideas, and interdisciplinary themes to bring this literature to life in the classroom. Reading level is 5th through 10th grade.
"Final chapter, I thought to myself. That was an interesting way to sum up life, chapters. If I analyze my life as if it was a book, then I wonder if my climax has already happened. God help me if it hasn’t."