Publication Date: September 13, 2011
Source: Borrowed from Library
Rating: 4/5 Stars
There isn't much worth living for in Gypsum, Missouri, or "Trashtown," as the rich kids call the run down neighborhood where sixteen-year-old Hailey Tarbell lives. As far as Hailey knows, she's never going to belong. Not with the kids at school or with her cruel, sickly grandmother, who keeps their household afloat by dealing drugs out of the basement.
But Hailey can't help the feeling that she has some kind of gift, or curse, that makes the other kids shy away from her. Hailey is drawn to those in pain, those who need to be healed. And when her dog Rascal is hit by a car, Hailey's gift is revealed. Not only can she heal, she can bring the suffering back to life. And Hailey will soon find out, this power to heal is just the beginning . . .
Join Hailey as she discovers her gift of healing and what her grandmother is actually hiding from her. Her aunt Prairie (unique name by the way, had a nice sound to it) save her and her 4 year-old foster brother, Chub, when a group of unwanted visitors showed up at her Grandmother's place. It's a rocky escape from those who wanted Hailey for some unmentionable reasons you have to read to find out. Join Hailey in her journey to unravel the truth about herself and her powers and why people seemed to be interested in that power.
I totally dislike her grandmother. She's not providing a healthy environment for Hailey and Chub. And Chub... He's so cute and attached to Hailey. Innocently little child. Hailey is a strong girl who's brave, something I lookout for in characters.
The first part of the book is slow, introducing her grandmother and what she does. Then suddenly there's this car that's stationed outside her house that brought attention to Hailey. The next thing she knows, she's with Prairie and Chub, on their way to escape. A major portion of the book is about their escape and where they seek to hide. However, there's no hint of romance for Hailey in this book... It's an easy read and there's still some unfinished business at the end, which brings us to book 2. Will be getting book 2 to read soon.
4 stars for Banished.
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