Toffee by Sarah Crossan
It’s not safe for Allison at home with a bullying, violent father so she runs away. With nowhere to stay she hides in the shed of what she thinks is an abandoned house. However, the house isn’t empty. An elderly woman, Marla, lives there and is suffering from dementia. She believes Allison is a friend from her past called Toffee and invites her to stay.
Allison has spent her life hiding who she really is and trying to be what other people want her to be. This is a moving and hard-hitting novel, written in the concise and very readable verse form that Sarah Crossan has used so effectively in her other novels. It vividly evokes the conflicting feelings of love and terror experienced by a girl living in an abusive household and the strength of mind Allison needs to escape and live her life in the way she wants.