I like stuff with romantic elements and angst, usually YA, fantasy, paranormal/urban fantasy or variations thereof. Usually wrinkles nose at sci-fi due to unlikely tech. Straight girl who likes boys that like boys!
This is a book about heavy duty topics for a YA - mostly revolving around mental relationship abuse, runaway & homeless kids, but also touches drugs, prostitution, the struggle to survive, trying to make room for yourself in your own world, growing, standing on your own feet, finding love, hope, friendships.
It could have been a really good book. Instead I found it a little... superficial? Distant? Not like Split by Swati Avasthi, which deals with some of the same topics - though not living on the streets and its consequences. Split feels so real, whereas this just didn't engage me. It felt a little as if all the heavy shit was just in there to give the book credibility. I can't put my finger on it exactly, but I wanted to like it a lot more than I did.