It has always been up to 17-year-old Michelle to care for her younger siblings Cass and Denny; their mother cannot stay clean, and her father, Buck, left when Cass was a baby. But Michelle’s options are running out: Cass is being bullied at school; Denny is a bully; their mom is in jail; and she has only a few hundred dollars from her job at Taco Bell. When word reaches Michelle that Buck is dying in California and has something for them, a road trip seems in order—and along for the ride are a long-lost half sister (Leah) and her cute stepbrother. Living off free samples in a food court, sleeping in an old Datsun, and avoiding the cops has never been so hard—or so rewarding.
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