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As many others have stated, this story will stay with you for a long time. It is difficult to walk away from it once you start listening to it. However it is so intense. The roller coaster ride of Mary's life is emotional and you have to take a break. The story is extraordinary. The descriptions of the juvenile justice system and places where young convicts live is true to life realistic. Unfortunately some places are worst than described. The brutality among the residents was so vivid. That a little girl was placed in such an environment is tragic. Mary, the main character is a tragic hero. The reader roots for her during most of the story. Mary was extremely bright and worked hard to achieve the goals that she had set for herself. She also knew how to work with others who could help her along the way. It is difficult to determine if Mary is smart enough to be manipulative. The reader hears Mary's version or her interpretation of the events. The narrator was excellent! Absolutely excellent! I love the African American Brooklyn accent, Hispanic Brooklyn accent and the various others. The writing was superb. The story did start to become redundant toward the end. It was also confusing at one point in that Mary and her mother seemed to have switched roles assuming the other's identity. Overall the book is very written. It is a story that should be studied by teachers, social workers, school counselors and anyone looking for employment that includes working with children.
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While the narration of the book was excellent; perhaps the best I have heard in an audiobook, I felt strung along when I reached the ending. The author spends so much time developing this character and providing vignettes of who she is and how she reacts in different situations, only to betray us in the end without any explanation.
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