Rating: 5/5 Stars
Avi Morris tells the compelling story about a strong young woman who survived abuse and her foster parents. This fast-paced story talks about child abuse and the child protection and legal system in our country. Morris has written an incredible piece of fiction based upon true events that is eye opening read.
I enjoyed the way Avi Morris told the story from shifting points of view. With each chapter more of the story and backstory were revealed. The characters seemed extremely realistic. From Valentina who was trying to deal with her family, abuse, not being loved, and wanting to live a normal life to Hal, a man who was hesitant to be a foster parent at first who became one of Valentina’s biggest supporters. The emotions of the characters seemed raw and real throughout.
In addition to the emotion of the characters, Morris has evoked a range of emotions for the readers: sadness, disgust, happiness, relief, and success. What is a devastating tale ends up being a truly uplifting story. Stories like this are unfortunately more common than they should be. This realistic book told such a tragic story and showed the reality of how our society and system can both hurt and help these children. Morris has written a book that will make you laugh and cry and I recommend it to all.
I received a copy of this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.