Hugging the Rock
Title: Hugging the Rock
Author: Susan Taylor Brown
Through a series of poems, Rachel expresses her feelings about her parents’ divorce, living without her mother, and her changing attitude towards her father.
When her mom runs away from home, Rachel is left behind with her emotionally distant father and many questions she cannot answer. Over time, she learns the truth about her mom. But, it’s only when she learns the truth about her dad, the rock — immoveable and always there for her to lean on — that Rachel can move toward understanding. Every word rings true in this achingly real novel in verse.