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Emma Patton


Significant Shortcomings, Young Adult, Graphic Novel, War, Veterans, Drugs, Violence

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Book Review


Jun is an outcast, in every sense of the word. She used to be a soldier and, now that she has returned home, her life will never be the same. She is homeless and terrified. Though she has a community of veterans who are in similarly desperate situations, she is too guarded to really connect to anyone. Her only companion is a stray dog, who is with her in her loneliest moments. Jun and her fellow vets struggle with addiction, and the search for her next supply of prescription drugs is what keeps her going most days. But then she meets Leona, a woman with a genuinely good heart who owns a ramen shop. She tries to feed as many of the hopeless vets as she can and takes Jun under her wing, offering Jun friendship and emotional safety--things she hasn’t had since before the war. Jun is resistant to any kind of connection. Sometimes, it feels safer to just stay protected so she doesn't have to feel the pain that threatens to overwhelm her.