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I have very mixed emotions concerning this read, which makes writing this review very difficult. I really wanted to love this book. To begin with, allow me to give you a snap shot of the story. Katie is the daughter of a wealthy Hollywood couple who lives a relatively sheltered and pampered (albeit ignored) life until she gets close to her 16th birthday. Katie’s life then quickly veers off course as her father begins developing an unhealthy interest in her developing body and her mother grows more distant. Her life completely derails when her father, jealous over her new relationship with a boy, drives her to skid row and kicks her out of the car. Katie then becomes one of thousands of foster care children. Her world changes dramatically as she struggles to cope with the loss of her family, the trauma of her father’s actions and her own sense of self.

This book is a quick read; I read the entire novel in an afternoon. However, there is a reason it is so quick. The novel is choppy, has dramatic shifts in the span of a few sentences and then abruptly has a (unbelievable) happy ending. My main issues with this book come from the sugary version of events, not to minimize the horror of a child living through events like these. The sugary aspects come in with the instant bonds she forms with other foster children, the way she refuses to think ill of her (sometimes horrible) foster parents and the unrealistic happy ending. I do not want to give away the ending but I will say it is not realistic for children who have been through the types of trauma that lead to foster care to be so willing to embrace happiness instantly.

The bottom line on this book; it is a quick read concerning an important topic but it does not paint a realistic picture from any angle. I cannot in good faith recommend this book to anyone. Such a bummer for us all, it had such potential in the title.

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