Summary

Twenty-one-year-old Beth is in prison. The thing she did is so bad, she doesn't deserve to ever feel good again. But her counsellor, Erika, won't give up on her. She asks Beth to make a list of all the good things in her life.
So Beth starts to write down her story, from sharing silences with Foster Dad No. 1 to flirting in the Odeon on Orange Wednesdays to the very first time she sniffed her baby's head. But at the end of her story, Beth must confront the bad thing. What is the truth hiding behind her crime? And does anyone - even a 100 percent bad person - deserve a chance to be good?
©2017 Clare Fisher (P)2017 Penguin Books Ltd.
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1 out of 5 stars
By Rory on 30-03-18

Extremely Boring

I hated it. Slow, dull, boring, repetitive. Supposed to be a big reveal with the misery "bad thing" at the end, but it's obvious what it is. No surprise. No mystery.

Dull story. Incredibly drawn out and badly written.

Would never recommend it.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Sue on 30-05-18

Not the happiest story I have ever read, but well written and believable.

Bethany is in prison for having done a bad thing, and this book is both her exploration of what she did, which she can’t bring herself to name until the last chapter, and the story of her life which explains why she did it. It is a very cleverly constructed account of a Looked After Child’s life with large numbers of foster parents, and community support which means well, but ultimately lets her down time after time. The book ends on a happier note, and we have to hope that Bethany’s life will continue to improve. I can’t say I enjoyed this memoir of misery, but it is well written, and shows how having the best of intentions is not enough if you don’t have support to fulfill them.

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