Roam by C.H. Armstrong


Seventeen year-old Abby Lunde and her family are living on the streets. They had a normal life back in Omaha, but thanks to her mother’s awful mistake, they had to leave what little they had behind for a new start in Rochester. Abby tries to be an average teenager—fitting into school, buoyed by dreams of a boyfriend, college, and a career in music. But Minnesota winters are unforgiving, and so are many teenagers.

Her stepdad promises to put a roof over their heads, but times are tough for everyone and Abby is doing everything she can to keep her shameful secret from her new friends. The divide between rich and poor in high school is painfully obvious, and the stress of never knowing where they’re sleeping or where they’ll find their next meal is taking its toll on the whole family. 

As secrets are exposed and the hope for a home fades, Abby knows she must trust those around her to help. But will her friends let her down the same way they did back home, or will they rise to the challenge to help them find a normal life?


Abby is a teenager girl who suddenly sees herself without a roof. Without job and enough money, she and her family, now homeless, only have the option to live in the van. They try their best to survive the cold and search for a job. As a teenager, Abby wants a normal life and more than a normal life she wants to make sure, no matter what, that her new lifeway is kept in secret. In a high school environment, the story shows how the protagonist lives in hard conditions and despite know her reality she can’t stop dreaming of act normal and risk her secret by having friends and a boyfriend.

This story is interesting because we get to see how life it’s unstable. One moment everything is alright and the next second you are sleeping in the van, in a couple of months or just weeks.

I liked the story line. See how the family must do to get their needs satisfied. It’s shows how hard is to be homeless, how hard is to have a job that’s not enough to help you survive. The people who passes through these hard issues are true fighters. It’s very hard! And, if being homeless is hard, imagine being homeless with your children. Despair, torment, feeling hopeless, can’t even imagine how a parent can feel in this situation. This book is perfect showing that, a story of survival, forgiveness and the willingness of some good people to help others in need.

Abby is a strong character and realistic, she’s very grown up and knows perfectly her responsibilities and issues. At the same time, she desires to have a normal life with her friends and boyfriend knowing it can maker her lifer even hard and she’s not perfect, that’s way she’s a good character.

I like Zach but feels like is missing something, he’s too perfect. In some way is the dream boyfriend every girl wants though in reality, you will get suspicious. Too nice? Maybe is sociopath, oh well. Let’s not forget Abby’s enemy, Trish. Of course, there’s always a popular girl trying to mess someone’s life.

In general, I liked the characters, every single one shows a part of a normal life, in this case a more difficult life, but the typical connections and roles.

And no, I almost did not cry in the middle of the bus. Reading this kind life and know that there are million on the same situation all around the world it sure makes your eyes feel with tear.

I really liked this story! It shown me we can’t take our things and life for granted. Makes me treasure more the life I have and grow a desire to help others. I’m glad I read this book.

I received a free copy of this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


  (5 of 5)


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