Holly’s story will leave a lasting impression on all who travel with her.
Memories of mum are the only thing that make Holly Hogan happy. She hates her foster family with their too-nice ways and their false sympathy. And she hates her life, her stupid school, and the way everyone is always on at her. Then she finds the wig, and everything changes. Wearing the long, flowing blond locks she feels transformed. She’s not Holly anymore, she’s Solace: the girl with the slinkster walk and the supersharp talk. She’s older, more confident—the kind of girl who can walk right out of her humdrum life, hitch to Ireland, and find her mum. The kind of girl who can face the world head-on.
So begins a bittersweet and sometimes hilarious journey as Solace swaggers and Holly tiptoes across England and through memory, discovering her true self and unlocking the secrets of her past.
From the Hardcover edition.
At 15, Holly is in foster care with a family that's trying to hard to make her feel at home. Nothing feels right, and longing for her mother, who she suspects is in Ireland, Holly sets off across England towards home. Having taken her foster mother's luscious blond wig, Holly dubs herself Solace, and transforms into someone else on the road. Both frightening and delightful encounters are had, and Holly soon finds herself in a different place than she expected. Published posthumously to much critical acclaim, this is a touching, intensely written portrait of a heartfelt girl struggling to find home.
- Juvenile Fiction, Fiction + Literature Genres
- General, Girls + Women
- April 5, 2011
- April 5, 2011
- Siobhan Dowd