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Worn Out Places

I can’t answer that question. I can’t tell him I’ve spent my whole life trying to disappear. I can’t tell him that I was born a drug addict. Or that I’ve been in foster homes so terrible I wished I didn’t exist. And I can’t tell him that last year ended any ambition I had to make it somewhere better in this world.


Zoie Cruz has been through it all, drug addict parents, the foster system, living on the streets of New York City. The walls she’s built around herself are almost impossible to break.

She’s used to an unflinching world that takes without giving back. But she isn’t used to Northern Michigan, guardians that want her to succeed, and sobriety.

Everything changed on Christmas morning last year. Her social workers call it a tragedy and her weekly Narcotics Anonymous meeting wants her to open up. All Zoie wants is to be left alone to get high.

When she meets local golden boy Dean, he’s determined to pull Zoie out of her darkness. And she’s determined to keep her walls sealed shut with all of her secrets inside.

In a whirlwind struggle to stay clean, can Zoie learn to trust more than the rush of a high and face the root of her life as a drug addict and ward of the state?