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September 28, 2009

Harley Like a Person

Harley Like a Person

Author: Cat Bauer

Page Length: 282  

Genre: Fiction

PLOT SUMMARY: Harley believes that she is adopted.  All of her family has blue eyes, Harley’s are brown.  Her mom told her she lost her birth certificate after she was born.  She does not relate to her alcoholic father and her bitter mother.  It seems they are always nagging her to clean her room, dust, do the dishes, and never notice her good grades or the way she helps with her younger sister. While Harley stumbles through her ninth grade year in school, she continues to research clues in finding out who her true parents are.

Harley does not deal with the conflicts in a rational way.  She hides under her bed, locks herself in her room, and refuses to talk to her parents when they make her angry.  However, she does find comfort in writing poetry, painting, and playing her oboe.  Harley not only has difficulties at home, but begins to show anger and jealousy towards her best friend.  After being treated badly by one boy she finds herself in a relationship with a fast talking, drug dealer.  Her grades begin to fall, although she is ask to complete a special art project for the school play.  Harley finds herself experimenting with drugs, alcohol, and sex although she knows she is making bad decisions.

She continues her quest to find her true identity but hits many hurdles on the road before finding answers to the many family questions that plague her.

REVIEW:  Harley Like a Person is a fast read with lots of drama.  Harley encounters emotional issues that cause her to question her parent’s honesty and morals and make bad moral decisions for herself. 

This book would be enjoyed by girls who face the many conflicts and issues of teens growing up in today’s world.  Unlike many books, the main character makes bad choices then is forced to answer to her parents and teachers.  In the end, Harley’s questions are answered but not before she suffers some bad experiences with her family, boyfriend, and best friend.

AREAS FOR TEACHING: Conflict, Theme, Character, Cause and Effect, Point of View

TOUCHY AREAS: marijuana use- (p.172-175, 212- 216), alcohol use (212-216), and sexual situations (p. 176, 217)

RELATED BOOKS: Harley’s Ninth

RELATED WEBSITES:

www.teenreads.com/review/1890817481.asp

 REVIEWED BY: Shirley Wagner

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4 Comments »

  1. this boook is the best!

    Comment by nataliaaaaa — October 28, 2011 @ 8:00 am | Reply

    • yEAH It was so very nice…harley like a person was so very interesting at all young person suffering
      like Harley…and it make me cry when i was reading this book…hope many young person read lie this so that they can realize the wrong

      Comment by Nona Fritz — December 31, 2011 @ 8:40 am | Reply

  2. im barley starting to read this book sooo… hope i like it. i read the summary a it sounds really good:}

    Comment by Anonymous — December 18, 2012 @ 11:41 pm | Reply

  3. i just finished reding the book HARLEY by CAT BAUER. i realy liked the book. to all of those CAT lover you’ll LOVE this book.i talks about a 14yr old girl who thinks shes adopted read the book & expirience all of the things she regretes she does & how she goes through them ❤

    Comment by LIZZY GONZALEZ — December 18, 2012 @ 11:49 pm | Reply


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