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A work of fiction, but real-world themes. Breathtaking and heartbreaking.
It's amazing how accurately the worst of mankind is portrayed in this piece. Right down to the way the characters behave and interact with one another. The themes of drug addiction, irresponsible parenting, and just outright trashiness of the characters in the story reflect individuals and situations which we all hear about in society; and many times from our own family.
For me especially, this book hit home. Travis Mulhauser was my English 111 instructor back in 2009 at a community college in North Carolina. This book is clearly influenced by many of the stories of his own students. He was especially privy to their situations as they would write their experiences into their academic works for him to read and grade. Not long after he moved back to Michigan, I became an instructor at the very same college. And unfortunately, it's in an area where methamphetamine and heroin is the drug of choice for many, children are neglected, and situations like those in the book are nearly a weekly event. I'm now hearing and reading the same stories that influenced his writing so profoundly and for me, this book is probably one of the most real and accurate depictions of what life is like for some of the less fortunate members of society.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
one of those stories that make you sit in the driveway after you get home so you can find out what happens next. I loved the dialogue, catchy, real, and often funny. even though its a serious story with edge of seat suspense there are moments where the word painted mind picture makes you smile or laugh out loud.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Sheldon Potter. I know he is the villain but the way his mind works, or doesn't work, is priceless.
Have you listened to any of Cassandra Morris and MacLeod Andrews ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
not sure but I liked them both and particularly Andrews.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
don't leave your seat to go to the bathroom.
Any additional comments?
once I get in the grove with an author I want more. I'm in the grove.
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