The story, ‘A House is not a Home’ is a real account from the author’s life. As teenagers, one may have issues like depression, coping with new people and places, drug abuse, bullying, relationship issues, behaviour problems, and many others. This story reflects the challenges of being a teenager, and the problems of growing up. The author drives home the message that life without affection is useless. Her feelings of depression and insecurity were natural when she thought that she had lost everything. Even the encouragement of her old teachers did not do her any good. The fire, in which she lost her house and almost her cat, only deepened her sorrow. But, things changed when the author made friends with her fellow students at the new school. She understood that she was only dwelling in self-pity and insecurity.
The author is a teenager who has just graduated from junior high school to high school. She finds it difficult to adjust to the new school and constantly remains in touch with her old teachers. Her cat seems to be her only companion during the difficult days. After the fire destroys her house, the author dwells in constant insecurity and self-guilt. She cannot get over the loss of her cat. But when, her new fellow students help her out, she eventually emerges out of her cocoon and accepts life whole heartedly. And towards the end, she also gets back her cat for which her heart is overwhelmed with gratitude for her new friends, the stranger who returns her cat and for life as a whole.
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