Getting Somewhere by Beth Neff

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Four girls: dealer, junkie, recluse, thief

Sarah, Jenna, Lauren, and Cassie may look like ordinary girls, but they're not. They're delinquents whose lives collide when they're sent to an experimental juvenile detention program on a farm in the middle of nowhere. As the girls face up to the crimes they committed, three of them will heal the wounds of their pasts and discover strengths they never dreamed they had. And one, driven by a deep secret of her own, will seek to destroy everything they've all worked so hard for.

An Excerpt from Getting Somewhere: She thinks of herself as the surviving type. Able to make things work out the way she wants them to. Okay, so, yeah. This is a little glitch in her plans. But she's not going to stay. Absolutely no way. She'll just tell them she's not happy, that it isn't working out for her. The room where they put her is ridiculous. Tiny. No television, no phone. Geez, they even had those at detention. Well, not in the rooms, but still. Hell, if she has to, she'll just walk out. Nothing to stop her.

It will be fine. It always is.

About Beth Neff

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Beth Neff is a former farmer, journalist, and sustainability activist. She and her youngest son now live in Constantine, Michigan, where she writes full time.
Published January 19, 2012 by Viking Juvenile. 448 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Four girls facing time behind bars choose to spend their incarceration on an experimental group farm in the middle of nowhere.

Jan 19 2012 | Read Full Review of Getting Somewhere

Publishers Weekly

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Reminiscent of Jodi Lynn Anderson’s Peaches, this first novel offers multilayered portraits of four juvenile offenders, who in lieu of serving time in a detention center, opt to enter an experimental program set on an organic farm.

Nov 14 2011 | Read Full Review of Getting Somewhere

Lambda Literary

Although three of the girls eventually settle in to the work and the lessons of the farm program, Lauren resists the program entirely, avoiding the hard work of the farm and trying to convince the other girls to help her in sabotaging the program.

Apr 11 2012 | Read Full Review of Getting Somewhere

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