Sixteen-year-old Laila Chance wants to be like Glinda the Good Witch and float away in her magical bubble. Better yet, she wishes she could be Medusa and turn both her abusive parents to stone. When her father finally leaves one weekend after a violent confrontation, Laila hopes he is never coming back. In the meantime, all she can do is pray and attempt to find solace in her creative writing classroom.
As she tries to maintain a stable home life, care for her younger brother, and excel in high school, Laila becomes overwhelmed. In an attempt to express herself, she transforms a creative writing assignment into her life story--written under an alias. As her mother’s abusive tendencies worsen and the school’s golden boy takes an interest in her, Laila is torn between making herself happy and being a good sister. But when her assignment falls into the wrong hands and someone pieces together the truth, Laila thinks things cannot get any worse--until her father returns with a dark purpose.
In this compelling young adult tale, a teenager must keep her enemies close and her secrets even closer as her world crumbles around her and she struggles to find happiness.