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Publisher's Summary

A neglected girl's chaotic coming-of-age becomes a trending new hashtag in a novel about growing up and getting away by an award-winning author.

Underprivileged and keenly self-aware, SoCal fourteen-year-old Layla Bailey isn't used to being noticed. Except by mean girls who tweet about her ragged appearance. All she wants to do is indulge in her love of science, protect her vulnerable younger brother, and steer clear of her unstable mother.

Then a school competition calls for a biome. Layla chooses her own home, a hostile ecosystem of indoor fungi and secret shame. With a borrowed video camera, she captures it all. The mushrooms growing in her brother's dresser. The black mold blooming up the apartment walls. The unmentionable things living in the dead fridge. All the inevitable exotic toxins that are Layla's life. Then the video goes viral.

When Child Protective Services comes to call, Layla loses her family and her home. Defiant, she must face her bullies and friends alike, on her own. Unafraid at last of being seen, Layla accepts the mortifying reality of visibility. Now she has to figure out how to stay whole and stand behind the truth she has shown the world.

©2020 Meg Elison (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • mj
  • 2021-05-26

Meg Ellison Can Make You Leave Your World

Oh this book. Oh the feels. Thank you Meg for writing this compassionate, real and heart wrenching story. I hope Layla grows up to do bright things and we can read about her again sometime.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2021-02-06

Remarkable Story

This story line of this book is riveting, and the narration is exceptional. I felt as though I knew this girl.

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  • Zachary
  • 2021-01-29

What an awesome book!

Great book and fantastic narration!!! Narrator transports you into the book and it is a phenomenal experience.

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  • Lisa Op
  • 2020-12-23

Heartbreaking

Meg Ellison crafts gripping portraits of teenager Layla, her brother Andy, her mother, and a cast of characters that include school cyber bullies and social workers. I entered Layla's world and suffered to see the infrahuman conditions she lived in and marvelled at her scientific mind. It's a heartbreaking story of a survivor. It should be a full feature film.

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  • EH
  • 2020-09-28

Raw and amazing

Find Layla was a raw and amazing story. Wow, that's great writing and fantastic narration! Made me cry, laugh, and many times left me speechless.

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  • Nicole
  • 2020-09-23

heart wrenching

This book touched my heart. It's about a young lady 15 years old who lived with her mom and little brother in deplorable conditions. The book journeys through her having to care for her younger brother while their mother goes missing for days with no money. She embraces school and desire to become a scientist with a 4.o GPA and free food. She's bullied by different because she can't care for herself properly. CPS becomes involved, takes her brother and searches for her. The mother suffers from undiagnosed mental challenges. My heart goes out to young people in these situations and the one desire... to have a safe place to live, be fed and clothed. Great read

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  • S. Smith
  • 2020-09-20

Amazing!

I’m blown away by the authors ability to emote and to talk about painful and complex issues in a realistic way. The story resonates with my own experience as a teen (years ago) in a way I haven’t found before, and so I’m really glad I found it, as difficult as it was to read and remember. The narrator is perfect and expresses emotion wonderfully.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-09-12

this was an awesome book

I couldn't put this down. I read it first then listened to it. read it