Sam’s mom is sad. So sad that Sam, an eleven year old boy, starts to notice. So sad that she lies in bed, tears streaking silently down her face. So sad, in fact, that she tries to take her own life.
Sam does his best to hold his family together after his mother is hospitalized for depression. He knows he’s doing a crappy job. The T.V. dinners are burned, his father just stares into space, and his little brother, already pretty annoying, starts to wet the bed again.
Things at school aren’t much better. His best friend Dan won’t talk to him and his teacher treats him like a baby. Sam finds unexpected friends in Edward, the new nerd in school whose mom stays home and bakes cookies, Jessica, a classmate who is just plain weird, and Sarah, Dan’s fifteen year old sister who is bothnurturing and beautiful.
When Edward, Jess and Sarah’s families begin to experience problems of their own, Sam realizes that no family is perfect. Ultimately, healing and forgiveness can only come from one source: the mom he’s wanted to hate--and tried to forget.
‘At 50,000 words, ‘No One Lives Here’ is a young adult novel that addresses the difficult issues of parental depression and attempted suicide with empathy, sensitivity, and when appropriate, humor. It doesn’t promise a quick fix or unrealistic happy ending; rather, it is a story about the unfolding and ultimately hopeful process of a child’s life.
Quit telling me what it is when you've already shown me rather nicely in the first four paragraphs. You actually had me in the first one, but you're right you need the next three.