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While the narration was very poor, it may have been necessary for the author to read in order to get the full effect of the story. It also distracted me from the painful situations she spoke of, so it wasn't all bad in that manner, as some parts were pretty difficult for me to digest-not having experienced a life as hers was.
I find it impossible to touch on any part of the story as it left me reeling. This poor child was forgotten and ignored by the very people who could have gone to bat for her! Thank God the foster parents fought for her in between the times she was being shuffled around from one rotten person to the next.
This was the first time I've had to sit with the story and its effects on me before I could dive into the next book. I listen to at least one a week. Not this time. I found myself taking a moral inventory on judging others. I've often been very thoughtless when it comes to other people's actions without even considering that their backstory could be traumatic. We never really know what goes on with a person other than what we see in front of us. And immediate judgment happens once a person acts in any way that doesn't follow the strict path of our 'norms'.
This is a good story for people who work in social services, law (police and judges, child advocates) and teachers and all school staff. Sadly, when a child is unable to speak, other people do it by being so sweet and convincing that the very thought of that fish nibbling the hook of potential safety has to be pure torture.
I can't say enough about how wide my eyes were opened, and how ashamed I feel toward myself for looking away from what could very possibly be someone in front of me who is needing help.