I read this book in one sitting. It was a story that intensely conveyed the desperation of a teenager and her dysfunctional, poverty-stricken family.
Hailey's dealings with her family are heartbreaking: the out-of-a-job, alcoholic father; the spoiled mother, suffering depression from a miscarriage and seemingly unable to care about her living kids; and the caring older brother who wants to keep her away from it all. Each character is three-dimensional, relate-able, and real.
The one thing I didn't like was that everyone sounded the same. If the names were taken away from the quotes, I wouldn't have a clue who was saying what.
Beyond that, though, everything about this book was great. It was an emotional roller coaster, and the use of figurative language was clever and helpful. Recommended to readers who liked What's Eating Gilbert Grape.
Olga - A Daughter's Tale is told through diary entries of various women, letters, and telegrams. Each reveals a simple picture, and when put together, you have an album of an amazing woman's life.
It had me weeping and laughing out loud in turns, and by the end, I felt I knew Olga/Carmen, even though I was born nearly a century after her.
Sacrifice, injustice, and courage abound in this book, along with malice, greed, and fear.
Read this book.