Letting Go of Bobby James by Valerie Hobbs
Or How I Found My Self of Steam

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A heartwarming journey to self-discovery

When sixteen-year-old Sally Jo Walker, known as Jody, is abandoned at a gas station by her husband after he hits her, she summons up all the courage she can to move forward. With just twenty dollars to her name, she begins a new life in Jackson Beach, Florida, washing dishes at Thelma's Open 24-Hour Café and sneaking into the cineplex at night to sleep. Eventually she saves up enough money to rent a cheap motel room. There she gets to know Effaline, and comes to see that here's a girl who is more alone and lost than she is. Jody is going to save her. And in trying to do so, Jody might just save herself.

At turns heart-wrenching and funny, Valerie Hobbs's latest novel introduces readers to an unforgettable and surprising young woman who manages to break free of an abusive relationship and finds true strength and her "self of steam."

About Valerie Hobbs

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Valerie Hobbs is the author of many acclaimed books for young adults, including Sonny's War and Tender. She lives in Santa Barbara, California.
Published August 13, 2004 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 144 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Texan Jody, 16, has only been married to Bobby James for 13 weeks when he punches her out and leaves her at a gas station in Florida in 1991.

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Jody's first-person narrative, characterized by colorful colloquialisms and a no-nonsense attitude ("first in all my family to graduate eighth grade"), remains energetic as she introduces an entourage of winsome personalities, who eventually help her find a niche: Marilyn, the kindly waitress who...

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She meets a few more interesting people and realizes how unique her life is becoming, especially when disaster strikes and Effaline, Dooley and Jody are faced with one of the greatest tests of all --- a test that, in the end, shows just how Jody found herself "full of steam."

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