A Gift

I didn't complete my 2016 Reading Challenge, but it was a year.  I am just going to continue on as if it doesn't matter what year it is.  Because it doesn't. Consider joining me!!  This category isn't even on my challenge list, I'm just adding it as I go.  See?  No rules!  Just read something and tell me if it was any good so I can read it too! :)

At first glance, this is a coming-of-age story wrapped in an abusive blanket that leaves the reader cold and wanting...something.  However, I found as I read on, that the child-like tone of the novel was appropriate as the relationship between two sisters unfolded.  I wanted to scoop them up and bring them to live with me.

My sister-in-law gave this book as a Christmas gift this year, and I almost called her up to ask if I had done something terrible to deserve exposure to such a heartwrenching story.  But I think there is something to be said for the child that lives in all of us when that moment presents; the moment when a grown-up reality bulldozes it's loud, ugly way into an existence that wasn't prepared.  It's terrifying and it sometimes changes the trajectory of a person's life, but this story reminds us that it can also be overcome.

Set aside a rainy day for this one.  You won't want to put it down.  Also, you might need a hug when it's over.