Fourteen-year-old Harley Columba is convinced she’s adopted. She’s nothing like her abusive, alcoholic father or her bitter, romance novel-reading mother. They have brown eyes, but Harley’s eyes are blue. They argue and drink and thrive in dreary suburbia while Harley paints, writes poetry, and longs for a different family and a better life. But then she finds a new, startling piece of evidence: a harlequin doll that’s been hidden away for years, with a note around its neck: "Papa loves you forever and a day." Now Harley has genuine hope–hope that she can escape the chaos of the Columba household. Hope that she can find her real father.
Tough, funny, and refreshingly honest, Harley, Like a Person is a compelling story of family, the power of creativity, and the enduring strength of self.
"Cat Bauer perfectly captures the substance and rhythms of teenage emotional life—the heartache of a fight with a friend, the thrill of new love, the frustration with adult interference, and the desperate need for self-knowledge. Good to the last drop." —Janet Fitch, author of White Oleander