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If they had had 3.5 stars I would have given the book that rating.
Imperfect birds came along right at the same time I was dealing with the same issue w/ my 26 year-old step-daughter so I was very well able to relate to it.
At the beginning of the book I felt lost. The story didn't seem to move forward - just focus on past events every two minutes. I literally felt like the book took one step forward, 2 steps back for the first couple of chapters. Additionally, and maybe I'm naive, but they already knew some of the drugs she was taking and the promiscuity and excused it! At the beginning I thought, "Well what is the story about - they already know exactly what she's doing." But it does actually get worse.
When the story did finally start moving, I found that James is the only character I liked. The girl's sense of entitlement infuriated me as did the mother's total denial of the situation. As the pattern of behavior I've experienced is the same, it is probably true to life.
It is an interesting book and a scary commentary on parents and teens today. Although I felt like it dragged in places, overall, i enjoyed it.
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This is another story of a dysfunctional family coping with addiction. Elizabeth is a recovering alcoholic, her husband James a struggling writer. Their daughter Rosie, a successful junior slides from casual experimentation with drugs to full-blown addiction. She quickly learns all the tricks: lame excuses, lies, and manipulations to fool her parents. Family life deteriorates rapidly but her parents remain clueless for months until they can't. This novel brings a sensitive and poetic perspective to a somewhat trite plot. Through the voices of Elizabeth and Rosie, the author brings depth and amusing or provoking insights to the difficult journey toward recovery. I enjoyed thoroughly the slow rhythm and detours of the narrative.