The protagonist is a teenager named Callisto who finds herself more or less caring for her little brother. She is a smart girl who is growing up more quickly than she should. Unbeknownst to her family, Callisto is pregnant and plans on having an abortion.
The title is so fitting for this book, coming from a great passage in which Calliope relates family members to celestial bodies. She is named after a moon, and, like that moon, feels that she borrows light from others, from family members who are suns and stars, who far outshine her.
Borrowed Light will inspire thoughtful discussions in book groups or classrooms. What some may consider a "touchy subject" is handled with feeling, delicately, with no judgment passed. Shine on, Callisto.
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