SYNOPSIS: When poor
Brilliant newcomer Mary Hanlon Stone delivers a compulsively readable insider’s view of growing up in a world where money and privilege don’t always glitter.
REVIEW: I love how the story begins. It has a strong and direct impact on the readers. The reader is immediately thrown into the abused and tortured world of Stephanie and feels her emotions through her. I was immediately pulled into Stephanie’s world of chaos,loneliness and fears. I almost had goosebumps while reading the first chapter!
Mary Hanlon Stone does a great job in portraying Stephanie’s feelings and voices her thoughts in a way that made my heart go out to her.
Naturally when Stephanie is removed from her home and transported to
However,Stephanie grows in maturity and becomes more sensible at the end of the book. She learns to stand up for herself,her own thoughts,beliefs and learns to voice her opinions not considering the fact that she might be ousted from the ‘elite clique’ if she does so.
I liked this book a lot. It shows in a very poignant,sensitive way the angst of a teenager and the issue of a drinker and neglecting mother. Every teenage girl does not have a drinker mother but can surely relate to Stephanie’s problems. Her desperate attempts to fit in,inability to distinguish between reality and superficiality and inability to make decisions for herself at the beginning are some things that I think every teenager has gone through and will for the ages to come. This book had me thinking for a long time after I was done with it. Certainly a great read!
MY RATING: 4.5/5