Recommended by Mr. Stephens (September winner of Jimmy John’s gift card)
Have you ever desperately wanted to fit in but felt that you simply didn’t or couldn’t? It can be an overwhelming feeling. In Lynda Mullaly Hunt’s One for the Murphys, Carley Conners, a child in foster care due to unpleasant circumstances, finds herself in the care of the Murphys. Already feeling out of place, she struggles to connect with any of the them because she believes their kindness is fake. As the days progress with her still in the house, Carley fights herself to realize what a loving mother actually looks like. This is a book that forces the reader to understand the mind and actions of a teenager that feels betrayed, which was heartbreaking to read at times. I would rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars due to Hunt’s ability to play with the reader’s emotions. If you want to comprehend possible thoughts of a child in foster care, then Lynda Mullaly Hunt’s One for the Murphys can definitely open your eyes.