Published through, this memoir is written for young adults, with educators in mind. It’s the story of a teen who is orphaned and grows up in foster care in the mid-80s amid the textures of the punk rock and skinhead movements. She learns that white privilege exists at every level of the system. Racial tension is the primary theme, as is self-determination. The author eventually is emancipated early from the system, goes on to earn a doctorate degree, and works to address disparities in public education.