I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars. I just finished reading it, after not being able to put it down, and it left me speechless, not to mention the goose bumps it gave me. At first I wasn't sure where this story was headed since I hadn't heard anything about it prior to seeing it on PBS but I have to say that this story packs one heck of a punch. Quite the surprise ending. This is definitely a book I will recommend to my friends. It's going on my "Keeper" shelf.
Wow. I read this book in a day, because I had to see what was going to happen. I don't want to be a spoiler by revealing too much about the plot, but this is one of those books you'll want to skim again after you finish it the first time. It may help other readers to know that the book deals with domestic abuse but does not, in my opinion, become gratuitously graphic.
I read this book in two nights. It is so easy to read and keeps you interested throughout. The story is sad and can be depressing, but the spunk of the two young girls in this book keeps you reading and keeps you cheering them on. You read faster and faster, just wanting and waiting for them to persevere despite the horrible family and situation they live in.
This book was very intriguing. Our book club read it and as we all work together, it was very difficult not to talk about it before we met. It generated much conversation. I would reccommend it if you are part of a group.
This is one of my all time favorite books. It is not an easy book to read and it is heart-wrenching, but I have not read too many books that stuck with me like this one and Kept me thinking about it for a long time after the last page was turned!
what a truly interesting story. amazing how the author can find the words & thoughts of an 8 year old girl. I enjoyed the book, even the ending was different then I expected. Got me interested from page 1. If you are looking for unusual try this book.
I really enjoyed this book. I think I've enjoyed it more SINCE reading it than when I WAS reading it. The ending makes you go back all over the entire book again. I thought about it all night last night. I did guess the ending, but it made no difference to the books flow. Haven't enjoyed a book this much since ELSEWHERE by Zevin.
I finished this in 2 days, I had to know how it ended. It is a good read. Good subject matter, thought provoking but not overdone. I was surprised by the ending though, it kept my mind turning a few days to digest the twist at the end.
This book had me until the very last page. I loved it and felt so drawn in right from the beginning. It's very well written and keeps your undivided attention throughout. I had to go back and read it again as soon as I finished the first time to see what I had missed! Be prepared to be shocked!!!
There are really no words to discribe this book. It is amazing. A surprise ending that you never see coming and characters that jump to life. I read this in one day...I could not put it down. It is certainly worth picking up no matter what genre you are interested in and no matter how large your TBR, move this book directly to the front!
Wow I could not put this book down, read it today. Just finished it, I cried afterwards, and am still pretty sad. Good book, tear jerker. I dont want to give away anything in case you haven't read it. But I just feel for Carrie.. And I hate her mother.
In many ways, Carrie Parker is like any other 8 year old - playing make-believe, dreading school, dreaming of faraway places. But even her imaginative mind can't shut out the realities of her impoverished North Carolina home or help her protect her younger sister, Emma.
The author did a tremendous job of writing this novel from an eight year old point of view. Story reflects living poor in North Carolina. Main senario that real daddy gets killed and the poor and uneducated mom remarries. Step father is mean, brutal, drunk, and a charlatan. Mom is looking for a roof over her head, but is mistreated, and the daugher is abused. Mother is mean and cold to daughter. Daughter is a tough cookie, with a secret, but goes through many gut wrenching episodes. A surprising twist near the end. Very well done.
This was a book that I could not put down. I read the entire book in about 7 hours. I was totally shocked at the ending it was not even close to what I thought was going to happen. This story is told through the eyes of a 8 year old child and what a story it is. Pick it up today and read it you will not be disappointed
I couldn't put this book down! It was really good. I really wish it had been longer because i would have loved to see what happens next. This is the first book I have read by this author and it was really good!!! You won't be able to put it down!
This is a used library book that looks like a puppy might have chewed on the front right corner. I am posting it because it was a good book especially if you like books wrote from the perspective of a child. The ending was not what I expected.