What would you do if you wanted a chance to start over?

If your mom was dead, your dad was in jail, and your older brother partied all night and slept all day.

You would want to escape. Just like I wanted to. Just like I dreamed of.

Tonight, I will escape. No more dealing with Matthew, no more dealing with nightmares, no more.

I hope.

At exactly 12:01am, I will walk out of the back door, with my duffle bag, my cousins old jacket, and bravery.

I will leave New Mexico, and go somewhere better. Somewhere I can live. Somewhere I can call home, and mean it.

California.

My name is Amy Smith. I am 16. And this is my story.