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This book is brilliantly written and read but to me it was scarier than the most gruesome works in the "horror" genre. Just a warning, if you are sensitive to emotional issues from childhood, reading this book may be difficult. It was certainly not an escape to a "nice read". It was hard for me. The story is compelling, as others have said, and the ending is hopeful but I had to pace myself and read it only when in a good place with my head. It just seems like the tip of the iceberg in terms of what goes on in families that make poor choices and then have children, and opens one's eyes to the plight of so many abused and under-resourced young people in this country.
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The main character in this story, Carrie, is also the narrator and tells the story in her voice and tells about her life and of her sister Emma. After Carrie's father dies suddenly, her mother remarries and life takes a turn for the worse for the family, as her mother is extremely depressed and her new stepfather is extremely abusive, at one time chaining her out back like a dog and feeding her dog food. Carrie's narration pulls you in and really tugs at your heart, so much so that I found it difficult to stop listening to this book. It was very well written with well developed characters and interesting plot and conclusion. Overall, it will leave the listener feeling somewhat sad because of the nature of the material, so if you are looking for an uplifting book this one isn't it. Still, it's an excellent read and well worth the time.
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