Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Albert Whitman & Company and NetGalley.
Blurb (from Goodreads):
After police intervention, fifteen-year-old Joy has finally escaped the trailer where she once lived with her mother and survived years of confinement and abuse. Now living with her aunt, uncle, and cousins in a comfortable house, she’s sure she’ll never belong. Wracked by panic attacks, afraid to talk to anyone at her new school, Joy’s got a whole list of reasons why she’s crazy. With immense courage, Joy finds friends and grows closer to her new family. But just when hope is taking hold, she learns she must testify in her mother’s trial. Can she face her old life without losing her way in the new one? Will she ever truly belong in a world that seems too normal to be real?
My rating: 3.13 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Albert Whitman & Company and NetGalley.)
16-year-old Joy has spent her entire life in a caravan with her mother and her continual string of abusive boyfriends. Joy has been abused emotionally, physically, and sexually, but now she’s free to live the rest of her life with her aunt, if only she can come to terms with what has happened to her.
Can Joy heal? And can she learn to not be scared of men?
This was an okay story, but I didn’t like it as much as I expected to.
Joy was a really messed up girl. It was obvious how much her life with her mother had affected her, and it was obvious that those sort of wounds wouldn’t be healed overnight. I did feel sorry for her and what she had gone through, but I also wanted her to open up and begin to heal too.
The storyline in this was okay, but it just felt a bit lacking to me. The story was basically concerned with Joy overcoming her past, and learning to move on with her future, but there wasn’t a whole lot else to it until the very end. The whole story was concerned with Joy’s journey, and that just wasn’t quite enough to keep me interested unfortunately.
There was a touch of romance, which was okay, but I didn’t really like that either.
The ending was okay, and we did get a bit more action towards the end, but it really was the very, very end, and it didn’t last long then!
Overall; okay story, but I didn’t love it,
6.25 out of 10.