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The Fire Escape


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What seems like a story of a boy's simple self-discovery unfolds into the unrevealing of a lie that effected an entire family.

It was amazing to see how one lie, one simple act in the night, could cause such a ripple and effect the lives of so many. This story was not just about Peter's life leaving Lakeview. It was the story of discovery and second chances.

If I had to use one word to describe this book, it would be real. The characters in this story were as real and as flawed as you and me. Peter felt like someone I knew. He wasn't the stereotypical foster child - bad mood, bad temper, angry at the world - nor was he perfect, oblivious to the problems he had faced and would soon face in the future. Peter was a good kid, but he was not perfect. I understood his motives, his pain, his desire to find answers.

And Jeddie was just the same way. At first I was a little concerned. I thought she had the very strong potential to be a two-dimensional character, who only existed for Peter's character development. But then she opened her mouth, and I saw so much in her. She had ambitions, she loved her father, she had pain in her life. And when the truth started to come out, when the lies of her father began falling apart, her approach to this new truth felt so real. She didn't ignore the faults of her father, nor turn a blind-eye to her mother.

And that's what made this story so beautiful. Not everything worked out perfectly in the end, there were no cakes and rainbows, but there was hope. And sometimes that's all you need.

The Fire Escape was a gem that I didn't realize I needed in my life. Its a story that will continue to live in my heart and I was continue to tell all my friends and family about. The story of Peter and Jeddie - of Lisa and Kent - is a story that I think everyone needs to read at least once in their life.

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About the author

Whitney Johnson is a writer and author of the new novel The Fire Escape. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English and minor is creative writing from Utah Valley University. She has a passion for writing and speaking, and wants people to believe that they can do whatever they set their mind to. view profile

Published on November 17, 2020

4000 words

Worked with a Reedsy professional 🏆

Genre: Young Adult

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