By Alex Tunny
"The fulfilling story of a young man who can turn trash into treasure." - KIRKUS REVIEWS Welcome to the cruel world of Trevor McNulty. No matter how hard he tries, this seventeen year-old just can’t get a break. Through no fault of his own, he finds himself living with his alcoholic uncle on the outskirts of Cleveland. His days are filled with garbage-picking and hanging out with his seventy year-old neighbor, who also happens to be his best friend. One early morning while scanning the streets in a wealthy suburb, he meets Bea, a rebellious rich girl with problems of her own. She’s smart, cute, and a glimmer of light in his dark world. But in the midst of their budding romance, Bea’s beautiful mother enters the picture with an agenda of her own. She sets off a chain of events so shocking and destructive, Trevor's crazy life soon becomes more than he can handle. While he is desperate to save his relationship with Bea, he learns that nothing in his world can be saved, unless he first saves himself. Hope for Garbage is a story about resilience—about overcoming adversity under the most extraordinary circumstances—about never, ever, giving up hope. Because sooner or later, everybody gets a break.
After a tragic past, Trevor came to live with his only other relative, Uncle Gary. To earn his keep, Gary introduced him to “garbage-picking”, where he would claim other people’s throwaways, and work to make them new again. Trevor found he enjoyed doing this, and then giving most of it back to various people and charities. It was on one of his retrieval trips that he met Bea. She had rich family ties, and even though they hit it off, his further friendship with her will set in motion a chain of events that will define Trevor forever.
I love this author’s writing style. I wanted to know the entire story behind Trevor’s broken past, but she would just feed a small portion at a time. It just made me want to know even faster. This story’s rich characters had me feeling like I knew each of them personally. I felt so sorry for Trevor, and how he became a victim of circumstances, seemingly over and over. The humorous parts were satisfying, but I cried like a baby during the tragic moments. This is a book I could read more than once.
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Alex Tully lives outside Cleveland with her husband, two teenagers, and a golden retriever named Trooper. After receiving her MBA she worked in finance for several years, ultimately deciding to leave the corporate world to raise her little ones.
Having kept a journal from the time she was ten, writing had always been a passion she wanted to explore further. She began working on "Hope for Garbage" as a personal project, and it completely took on a life of its own. She is currently hard at work on her second novel.