Title Profile & Character Information

Breakout

Annotation
Del's lived in Los Angeles for seventeen years, bouncing among foster homes. Smart, sharp-tongued, and a master mimic, she's fed up with her world and with being Del. So she's changing her name and leaving both herself and L.A. behind -- until her escape lands her in an all-day traffic jam.

Fast-forward eight years. It's opening night for the one-woman show Del has written and is starring in -- a show called Breakout about a Los Angeles traffic jam.

As the novel flashes between Del's present and future, we get a backstage pass into this young playwright's psyche, watching her life being transformed into art, heartache into comedy, solitude into connection. And, finally, anger giving way to acceptance.



Characters
NameDel
GenderFemale
TraitsRunaway
Foster child

NameFranco, Elena
GenderFemale
OccupationsPlaywright
 Performance artist
TraitSuccessful

GenreFiction
Coming of age
Psychological
TopicsTeenage girls
Foster children
Runaways
Search for a better life
Social isolation
Personal growth
Self-acceptance
Epiphanies
SettingLos Angeles, California
Santa Monica Freeway