Where I Live by Brenda Rufener

Where I Live by Brenda Rufener

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Where I Live by Brenda Rufener sounds like such an original story. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book with a homeless main character, and I love how she is the school blog editor. This book sounds like it will be pretty suspenseful, and I can’t wait for its publication in February!

Where I Live by Brenda Rufener

Where I Live Brenda RufenerTitle: Where I Live
Author: Brenda Rufener
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: February 27, 2018

Summary (from Goodreads):

This evocative debut YA novel tells the story of Linden, a homeless teen secretly living in her high school. Together with her makeshift family of close friends, Linden struggles against the hardships of her past and begins to shape a bright future. Perfect for fans of Jennifer Niven and Nicola Yoon,this is a stirring novel about overcoming all odds.


1. Prevent the in-class nap.
2. Never carry too many belongings.
3. Avoid looking the part.

Her rules guarantee no one discovers her secret–that she’s homeless and living in the halls of her small-town high school. Her best friends, Ham and Seung, have formed a makeshift family, and writing for her school’s blog prevents downtime. When you’re homeless, free time sucks. Despite everything Linden’s burdened with, she holds on to hope for a future and a maybe romance with Seung.

But when cool-girl Bea comes to school with a bloody lip, the damage hits too close to home. Linden begins looking at Bea’s life, and soon her investigation prompts people to pay attention. And attention is the last thing Linden needs.

To put a stop to the violence, Linden must tell the story. Even if it breaks her rules for survival and jeopardizes the secrets she’s worked so hard to keep. 


Book Quotes: Where I Live by Brenda Rufener

If I want my life to matter, these eyes can’t see who I really am.

Who I’m striving hard not to be.

The homeless girl hiding in front of them.

About Brenda Rufener

brenda rufener

Brenda Rufener is a technical writer turned novelist and the author of WHERE I LIVE, which Bustle named a most anticipated YA contemporary book hitting shelves in 2018 and Jennifer Niven called a “hard-hitting novel filled with hope.”

SINCE WE LAST SPOKE, Brenda’s second young adult novel, arrived April 2019 and received a starred review from School Library Journal, among other honors.

When not writing, Brenda enjoys hiking the woods of North Carolina and spending time with her family. She is an advocate for homeless youth.


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9 thoughts on “Where I Live by Brenda Rufener

  1. Lauren (@Lauren817) says:

    I’ve been seeing this one around a lot lately but this is the first time I’ve actually read the summary and I have to say it sounds great. I feel like it will be interesting to read from a homeless teenager’s perspective. Hope you love it! 🙂

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