This is the poignant story of Addie and her mother Denise, who loves having babies, but is emotionally ill-equipped to care for them. She’s lost custody of her two younger daughters because of neglect, and even though she wants to be a good mom, she is back to her old ways as soon as she hooks up with a man she met online. Denise’s bad behavior includes neglecting to tell Addie that she is dyslexic, leaving her alone for extended periods, getting pregnant again despite her track record, then failing to inform the dad-to-be and continuing to smoke. Addie does find a hero in her adult neighbor who is undergoing cancer treatments, and in her former step-father who lives out of town. She is remarkably resilient and hopeful, and there is a happy ending to her story. The subject matter is mature, but handled in an age-appropriate way. All things considered, it is probably best for tweens on the older or more mature end of the spectrum.