on April 24, 2011
A clever collection of short stories of a "tormented" a word I use lightly middle girl in a family of boys and the crazy moments that make up her world as told in her own words. It would be a delight for any girl to read.
Thank you Early Reviewer Giveway and Mr. Tusa for selecting me to share my thoughts on this book. I loved the vivid realism of this novel and the no nonsense approach to the lives of these characters. I found a different message in the story than the other reviewers, and I don't know if this was intended by the author or something I found within the characters. First was that all of these characters were hoping that someone or something more powerful was going to fix their lives and problems. Hailey watched her mom mourn both the lose of a baby and the lose of higher income bracket, and she also watched her mom to pray to God to change things for her. I felt the mom mourned the lose of income more than the infant. Cyrus was the typical avenger and righter of wrongs, and follower of the con-artist Moises, who exploits Cyrus's need for justice to carry out his dirty work. The father unemployed has drowned himself in vices of gambling, women, and booze, always hoping for the big payday. While all of these characters wasted time waiting for change, and cashing in their self-reliance, their choices for a better life slowly burn away leaving the only possible outcome which is equally brutal and a waste of a girl. I loved how the novel made me think, and I would readily recommend this well written story.
An intense look at the dangers of drug experimentation especially focusing on the "legal" or synthetic drug bath salts. A realistic look at what the outcomes of using this drug is for young people. I think this is an important read for both teens and parents as well as community leaders.