The Author is from the Willamette Valley (Linn/Benton/Lincoln Counties) and uses a lot of local natural attractions in her settings.
However, the most impactful part of this series-in-a-novel book was the topics that hit so close to home. She focuses on the challenges of being an older teen/young adult raised in poverty & abuse. Parents with alcohol & drug issues, physical abuse & rage, homelessness, rape, and so much more… Her writing style is a bit more realistic than those of similar context that Ive come across.
Very uplifting read for those fighting to break the cycles or in the position to look back on their journey.