“Turning for Home” by Caren J. Werlinger

“I’m like you. Please help me get out of here.” Turning for Home could be the poster child for the “It Get’s Better” project. In fact, I wonder if the author, Caren J. Werlinger, has considered contributing her own video because I bet she would have a lot to add to the conversation. This is a book geared for adults, but it could be equally enjoyed by teens because a YA story is interwoven into the plot.

Turning for Home tells the story of a school psychologist named Jules who confronts her painful childhood growing up in a small town in Ohio. Her grandparents raised her after her mother took off. Although Jules’ grandfather was very loving, her grandmother was a strict and somber disciplinarian. Her only friend in town was her next door neighbor named Hobie, and the two kids bonded because neither of them fit in.

One day when adult Jules is visiting her hometown, an unknown person at the neighborhood diner slips her a note that reads: “I’m like you. Please help me get out of here.”

I’ve lived on the West Coast all my life, so it’s heartbreaking for me to consider that there are still places in America so closed-minded that #LBGTQ teens fear for their lives, yet I know this to be true. Btw, if you’re a straight reader like me, there aren’t any graphic R rated scenes to throw you off. I mention that because although Turning for Home is geared towards a LBGTQ audience, it’s such a powerful story that heterosexuals would enjoy it as well.

Caren sent me a free copy of her book in exchange for my honest opinions and review. I’m so glad she did. I enjoyed this book tremendously and feel like it has an important message to share. #WeNeedDiverseBooks


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