The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory by Stephanie Wakefield
A little story about punk and squatters in New York City set in the 1990s, this book follows the story of a by-choice squatter named Sid, who is trying to find her way around the scene, find a home, make friends, and live. The storyline didn’t captivate me as much as I liked reading about the subculture and the music involved, and frankly my favorite part of the book was probably the title. It’s a tale of young adults surviving on the streets, choosing a life outside of the commercial everyday lives that a lot of people blindly lead. With a little bit of Brooklyn street tough, and a little bit of love, Sid maneuvers her way through friends and housing, dealing with bullies and boys, and proving that girls are out there too, even in the places some people wouldn’t expect them to be. I also loved that the main character in this novel is not only a girl, but her body type is that of an everyday lady, and less of a model or society seen “perfect” body type. Unfortunately this was not carried over to the cover of the book which seems to portray a wholy different physical view of the main character than one would get from reading the actual book. Overall a good little story about making one's way, on your own terms by squatting and helping others, with lots of music and a quick glimpse into the New York squatting scene of 1995.