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Acclaimed author E.R. Frank writes provocative fiction. America, a foulmouthed, yet endearing 16-year-old, attempts suicide and is placed in the care of psychiatrists at Ridgeway mental hospital. There he learns to cope with a past filled with neglect and mistreatment with the help of Dr. B. Alternating between Americas present- day stay at the hospital and his past, livinAcclaimed author E.R. Frank writes provocative fiction. America, a foulmouthed, yet endearing 16-year-old, attempts suicide and is placed in the care of psychiatrists at Ridgeway mental hospital. There he learns to cope with a past filled with neglect and mistreatment with the help of Dr. B. Alternating between Americas present- day stay at the hospital and his past, living in the care of his older brothers, America is a stark exploration of the mind of an inner-city youth....

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Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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America Reviews

  • Becky Ginther
    2019-04-04 07:54

    America starts off as a book about a 15 year old boy who is in some sort of mental home. He is what you might typically picture when you picture the "bad boy" that has depression and tried to kill himself. He's stubborn, he curses all the time, and he refuses to talk to his therapist. He even occasionally throws chairs or other things.However, the novel alternates between the present time, and America in the mental hospital, and the past. We learn that America was a crack baby, and grew up with a foster parent until he was in Kindergarten. He ten goes to visit his mother, who promptly abandons him to his older brothers (around ages 7 and 9). The three boys live on their own for 2 years. We continue to learn about America's past, and all of the horrible things he endured. In many ways we become sympathetic.Although I kept wanting to read and find out more, I was also very disturbed while I was reading. I feel like you expect the story to go one way: you think that there’s the bad side, which is his mother, the drug addict, and two older brothers who have been living on their own for years from the age of 7, and then there’s the good side, which is sweet Mrs. Harper who takes good care of him. However, the “good side” isn’t all that good. Browning, Mrs. Harper’s half brother, really turns out to be a terrible person. He not only allows this 7 year old to drink alcohol, he also makes him read dirty magazines. What’s worse is that Browning also starts sexually abusing him. Turns out that living at Mrs. Harper’s isn’t so much better than living with his mother.It really got me thinking about how important it is to raise children the right way. Of course you can’t always be perfect, but having a positive influence is so essential. The sad thing is, there are children who don’t have this positive influence. You can really see how America is learning the wrong things about life. Sometimes it seemed like he didn’t do what was right because he didn’t know any better, or people told him that it was wrong. For instance, when Browning told him not to bother Mrs. Harper, he was too young to realize that he really should go and talk to her. In many ways, I found myself blaming Mrs. Harper. Maybe that’s horrible to say, but if she was that old, and in that poor medical condition, she probably shouldn’t have been adopting a young boy. Aside from that, she should never have entrusted him to Browning. She may not have known that he was sexually abusive, but she certainly did know that he was an alcoholic and chain smoker. I’m not sure why she thought it was okay to leave America in his hands, instead of trying to find someone that could truly take care of him.This book allowed me to see things from a point of view I might not normally see from. While it was disturbing, it was also interesting and at least a little bit hopeful at the end.

  • Misplacedparisian
    2019-04-19 00:57

    I loved the story of America. Just wish someone besides Rosie O'donnell had produced the movie because I laughed all through it, whereas the book actually got me deep.America is a young boy of mixed heritage (black mother? unknown father) who feels like he fits nowhere. He's lost and can't seem to be found by anyone because people do not see him. The system fails him so many times he resigns himself to go wherever the winds blows. The only stable figure in his life would've been his foster mother Mrs. Harper but even that relationship is stained by the presence of and ill-minded man sharing their home.E.R. Frank explored America's emotions with such simplicity and clarity, I could easily picture the events that unfolded in his life. I also got the feeling that America represented the many youths of different origins, who despite of their color, are constantly let down by the system. The fact that no one could pin-point his exact background throughout the whole story seemed to give a voice to anyone (Arabic, Black, Latino, Caucasian, Asian) going through what this kid went through.He was one person, he was America and all of its teens who crash into the adult world way too fast.I really wish the movie had been better. It's a great story to tell.

  • Lydia
    2019-03-26 02:01

    America is a child who has fallen through the cracks of society. His story is a highly disturbing one. Told in fragments, which intertwine and interrelate, America tries to explain his tortured existence of feeling like no one who is nowhere. He has been subject to sexual abuse, has attempted suicide, has lived in the foster system, is a runaway. While he is committed to a residential hospital, he meets Dr. B. Like all therapeutic relationships, the road is rocky and rough, until America can stand it no more and must confide in someone who cares.There are a number of reasons this book is appropriate for teens, teachers, librarians, parents, and anyone else who is involved with teens at risk. Written by a clinician, the key point the book makes is the ability for lost children to find their way back, if they can have a "healing relationship". These relationships may be established with any number of people, not just professionals.There are sections of this book that will make you tear up, make you feel sick to your stomach, and make you a joy like never before.

  • Trisha
    2019-04-13 02:24

    A book my 13 year old read after finding it on the shelf at the library. On one hand, I'm sad she read this on her own. There is definitely mature content for a younger teen. But, on the other hand, she gave me the book and told me to read it so we could talk about it.Well, I read it. It is a tough and violent tale of childhood gone very very wrong. I can't imagine how tough it would be for a 6 year old to be let down by almost every adult in their life. The story is told in current time with flashbacks during counseling sessions. I think this was a great way to tell the story. Sometimes I wanted to scream at the counselor as much as the patient!It's a tough read, as a parent or a YA, but well worth getting through.I'm going to go talk to my daughter about this book and we're going to talk about thing we never would have - if not for this book bringing it up. And I'm okay with that too.

  • Roxy
    2019-04-22 06:59

    At first, when I started reading this book it was really confusing for me. I didn't understand the writing structure of the author. But once I started reading more and more of the story. I got why America a nine-year old boy was so messed up. Not only mental, where he was feeling insecure of himself. But the trama that made him feel special, yet he didn't know any better because he had never really had any love in his life. And with this he had finally thought that he was being loved for once in his life and what happens is that he gets hurt. By that one person that was almost like a father to him. When I finally figured out what happened to him I couldn't beleve what I was reading. It felt as if I could almost image all the things that were going on at that point. It's something that makes you think twice, of other people that act like that. The feeling of what being loved is really like.

  • Phoenix_ Phoenix_
    2019-04-11 08:00

    This book influenced me greatly. Have a kid who gets lost in the system, drinks vodka and Coke as a little kid to loosen him up because of one of his reckless guardians, the naked lady lighter, five o' clock at the fountain in the fucking AM, attempted suicide through hanging as an adolescent, abandonment, crying for months on end and never stopping after a tragic fire that brought death to a criminal loved, endless "huh's" during therapy with a psychiatrist, pain and loss, loneliness, survival, please "step off": America as freedom and our inaliable rights as humans, declarations of independence: a kid getting through all of that, all the Americas in the system, existing today and in the past and in the future, forgotten and abandoned, but somehow strong, resilient, beautiful: hope, passion: compassion: the book literally raw, fractured, anti-systematic: lyrical and rough, roughened, the writing raw: America the beautiful ...I hope you'll read this book ...

  • Mayra
    2019-04-04 00:57

    This book was really confusing at first because when I started reading it I didn't knew what it was talking about and I got kind of lost. After a few days reading the book I founded interesting and easy to read, I just needed to get into it and comprehend every thing it was talking about. In my opinion I liked this book a lot because it really got my attention and I got to learn a lot from it. One of the things I learned from this book was not to give up in yourself. I know this might be hard for some people out there, but I mean you have to believe in yourself and never ever give up on you because killing yourself isn't going to fix anything. Thinking of killing yourself is not a good option to fix problems or get away from some thing... I think we have to think it twice before doing some thing stupid...

  • Amy
    2019-04-19 04:04

    America's story is certainly filled with some raw and dark moments that resound with the reader, but for me there was just something a little off. Firstly, America comes across as a fantasy character to me, a romanticized idea of what a troubled inner city youth is, rather than the real thing -ie. he secretly reads and loves Laura Ingalls Wilder. I never believed he was real. Then the book jumbles between various time sequences and it is unclear what specific age America is through most of the book which annoyed me. There's a slight corniness, romanticism, and naivete with his therapy and recovery that bothered me. It just ain't that easy.

  • Sally
    2019-04-16 08:03

    America is the victim of the foster care system. A nurturing relationship with Mrs. Harper when he was very young helps him overcome the many traumas that happen to him over the next twelve years. That and a good therapist.

  • Betryal
    2019-03-28 02:10

    I was touched. Completely and utterly touch by America's journey written in first person from lost to feeling found. I took his journey and I'm enlightened by it the most.

  • Liz
    2019-04-10 06:21

    devastating and amazing

  • Sarah
    2019-04-09 01:07

    After America attempts suicide, he finds himself as an inpatient at a mental health facility. It is through this treatment program America explores his past and the effects it has on his present. It discusses drug issues, sexual abuse issues, and other tough things. I thought this was a realistic exploration of a young man's life.

  • Dominique Perry (dom the book thief)
    2019-04-26 07:18

    Review to come

  • Michelle Picard
    2019-04-05 06:24

    Powerful, compelling, and sad.

  • Eva Bradley
    2019-04-26 00:24

    I think this book was perhaps slightly above my level in some way that I can’t quite explain, but I guess that’s the only way to learn right? All the sexual stuff made me incredibly uncomfortable, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as “Running with Scissors”. I can really see how America’s early sexual experiences made him into the person that he is, *MINOR SPOILERS*especially in terms of his conflicting sexuality. That was something that I found interesting because I guess I never really thought about it in the way that this book does. My mother always told me that sexuality was fluid, but I don’t think that I fully understand what that means, though after reading this book I think that I have a slightly better idea. I don’t even know why I’m focusing on this idea of sexuality because it doesn’t even actually come up that much during the book. Anyway, I also loved America as a character. His development was incredibly well done and I could easily see how the events in his life made him who he is and how he fights to undo all of that. If only real life were that neat. There are some events that I can tell have affected me as a person, but there’s still a lot of missing pieces, something that I’m not seeing or understanding. I feel as though I don’t fully understand who I am just yet and I don’t know why.

  • Rummanah (Books in the Spotlight)
    2019-04-17 01:22

    America is a gritty, raw, real, and emotionally heartbreaking story. The story begins with a teenage America in a treatment facility after a failed suicide attempt. It alternates between the present mostly his therapy sessions with Dr. B. and the past. At first, the shift from present to past confused me mainly because the flashbacks were at bit unclear in the prologue. It finally cleared up as the chapters were clearly labeled "Then" and "Now". Born to a crack addict mother, America was raised by kindly Mrs. Harper, the nanny of a rich white foster family who gave him up due to his mixed race. The weekend before he starts kindergarten, he visits his birth mother in New York City, who abandons him in a seedy apartment with his two younger stepbrothers. He soon learns how to curse, steal, and be "bad" in order to avoid the wrath of his brothers and to prove his worth. One of the most heartbreaking scenes from America shows America desperately trying to find a phone to contact Mrs. Harper and writing her phone number everywhere so that he won't forget it. When the police find him years later and return him to Mrs. Harper, he's behind in school, swears constantly and has internalized the belief that he's bad. America is not a perfect character as he constantly reminds himself and the reader, but we can see that he is intelligent, artistic, and sweet. The novel is composed of America's gradual progress through therapy and it is very well done. America doesn't open up right away, but do to Mr. B's persistence and genuine concern for his patient he eventually does. The obstacles that he faced in his life are insurmountable, but unfortunately not far from what we read or see daily in our newspapers. Frank's ability to capture so much emotion in America's stream of consciousness and dreams makes this book remarkable and memorable. Like many gritty novels such as Push by Sapphire or any of Ellen Hopkins's works, there is no happy ending, but a long road of recovery. America is the story of forgiveness both of oneself and of others. . For example, when America works up the courage to visit Mrs. Harper in the nursing home, her walls are covered with angels she painted to look like him. A powerful, cathartic story told with brutal honesty and an unflinching look of how children get lost in the system that was created in order to protect them. It is also one of forgiveness both of oneself and of others.

  • Alonzo Garcia
    2019-04-20 04:22

    E.R. Frank is an American fiction writer and also a psychotherapist. She wrote many young adult and teen-fiction books such as "America", explaining that she is also a clinical worker and she worked with many young Americans with bad intentions of violence and vandalizing that have been abused and sexually harassed either with their parents, relatives, or anyone else. The story takes place in various locations around New York City. One of the main character's name is America, who was born with a crack addiction in a rich white family and then was sent away because their parents notice that his skin was darken when he was five years old. He was later sent to his family's nanny, Sylvia Harper. The story starts when America is sent to a hospital called Ridgeway and he refuses to talk to his therapist, Dr. B. The problem in this story is that he has a mental problem so instead of learning all the good, he learns all the bad. This makes his violent and rude to others. He was sent to Ridgeway because he had a difficult time in his life when he was little where he would go vandalize and steal stuff from others with his brothers, Brooklyn and Lyle, where they all became hooligans. He also has a difficult time erasing the cussing and wrong doing he learned. He later forgives everyone for the bad behavior, he has done, especially to Mrs. Harper, his nanny. He visits her in a nursing home and several days after his visit, Mrs. Harper dies. This book entertains me a lot since there's a lot of drama going on in the story. However, I did not expect that this book would contain a lot of emotional feelings towards the main character and impact his life. And although this might be a fiction story and all this never took place in real life, there are many people who suffer like America in the real world that have been abused by others and have trouble learning and behaving appropriately and that's why the author, E.R. Frank, wrote this story to tell the audience that she's worked with many young teens and adults just like America. I would recommend this book to young teens and adults because this book can tell anyone how America was going through his childhood and understand why he came to be today. After this book, I would really want to read something that's related to this book or similar.

  • Shelby Brown
    2019-03-28 07:54

    America by E.R. Frank is about a kid named America, because his mom was a slut and his dad could have been any man in America. America had a really messed up childhood and his mom was never around, and him and his brother could do whatever they wanted. They lived in New York City and got in trouble for minor things like stealing, but eventually were sent to child services. America was adopted by a woman named Mrs.Harper, and a man named Browning. While living with them America really loved Mrs.Harper, but Browning molested him. America eventually set fire to Browning's room while he was sleeping, but Mrs.Harper remained safe. America ran away and was living on his own on the streets for a while, till he tried to commit suicide and was sent to a mental institution. In the institution, his sessions with his therapist explore what made him the way he is, and the progress he's making to be sent back into the world. In my opinion this was an excellent novel. It explores the not so nice aspects of people's lives, and shows the darker side of childhood that many people have to experience. It also shows the affects/outcomes of who a person grows up to be based on their treatment as a child. It's just an interesting topic in general, to explore someone else's mind. I think the author's purpose in writing this novel was to expose the unfair conditions that many children are born into, which set them up for hardships and emotional problems later on. I know this because the author goes to great lengths to explain America's unfair conditions, like when him and his brother basically had to raise themselves, because their mom was always out doing drugs and prostituting herself. For example, they ended up committing petty crimes like stealing food because their mom wasn't around to feed them. The theme is basically the same as the author's purpose for writing the novel, in this case, I guess the theme would be that a person's childhood can affect their mental and emotional stability and shape the way they carry themselves and handle different situations.

  • Shel
    2019-04-17 03:58

    Frank, E.R. (2002). America. New York: Simon Pulse. 9780689857720 The story of sexually abused and institutionalized fifteen-year-old America is a challenge to get through. Written by a clinical social worker who has “known many Americas,” the book switches back and forth between ‘then’ and ‘now’ showing the experiences that brought America to the office of Dr. B, the psychiatrist who just may be able to help him decide against committing suicide. America struggles with being ‘lost’ and feeling abandoned and unloved. He must deal with issues involving his distant relationships with violent half-brothers, his mixed racial background which not even he can specify since he does not know his father and with his questions over his sexual orientation. While I don’t like to give spoilers in general, I do feel, with this book, it is important to know there is hope and comfort at the end of this novel. Activities to do with the book: America would be good for encouraging empathy and reflective journal writing. It can also be used with struggling teenage readers because the book includes American’s own struggle to become literate. Other discussion topics include the use of America as a name, issues of love, forgiveness, trust, suicide, abandonment and recovery. The book could also be paired with Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak (1999) because both books deal with trauma, secrets, metaphors connecting plants with growth, and physical labor assisting in recovery. Favorite Quotes “You have to watch what you say here because everything you say means something and somebody’s always telling you what you mean” (p. 1). “Can’t believe it’s s--- made this garden grow,” I tell her. “Believe it,” she tells me. “The more s--- things get, the better they come out” (p. 237). FOR MORE OF MY REVIEWS, VISIT

  • Int'l librarian
    2019-04-19 05:19

    Like many school librarians, I’ve read a lot of young adult psychotraumas. Even so, this one is a severe shocker. Child sexual abuse leads to fatal violence and twisted sexual torment. Much of the storyline is set in psychotherapy. The language is profane and abusive, and the characters are difficult for anyone with a happy home to relate to. Bottom line, there’s only so much ick I can take. For those with sterner psyches, there could be a lot to like here. America tells most of his stories through flashbacks, and Frank does well to reveal a little more life with each rewind. The defining scenes are powerful, even if they aren’t always absolutely surprising. Uncle Browning is one of the most haunting supporting characters I’ve encountered. Liza and Mrs. Harper provide a bare minimum of feel-good, but not nearly enough to brighten the overall darkness. Mr. B, America’s main counselor, is another very positive figure. But his role is to draw out all the horror, not gloss over it. Mr. B’s clay statues are as close as this book ever gets to a “too good to be true” touch. So of course they feel a bit out of place for me. Frank’s writing style does not lend itself to sugar-coating, at least not this time. The ending manages to both wrap up too many issues too quickly, and leave a lot of questions unresolved. One more sign of just how twisted this story can get.

  • Shawn
    2019-04-02 00:22

    Book: AmericaAuthor: E.R Frank Reviewd by: shawn The book America is about a 15 year old boy named America who is sent to Ridgway to get help for thoughts of suicide. An interesting fact about America is that he doesn’t like to think, wonder or talk about anything when the doctor asks him some of the questions.You really get deep into America’s life story. It talks about thing like how his life was happy and cheerful and how it changed within weeks on how he turned bad. It also tells you on what happed to him to make him change this way.I found the book really interesting in how the author E.R Frank went about writing this book. The author Frank takes twists and turns in the book, and there are some really disturbing parts in the book as well. The book switches between when he was five and go’s until he is nineteen. When he is in Ridgway he thinks about his past a lot. He also thinks about him being loved and cared for by Miss Harper, As well as what his two brothers treated him like. But the main thing he was thinking about was what his mom did to him when he was staying with her for a bit back when he was home with her. If you would like this type of book I would recommend reading it because you might find this book really interesting to read.

  • Cathleen Ash
    2019-04-20 05:00

    This is America:(read page 93 - middle)I’m scared poopless. I’m afraid to sleep because of the dreams, and I’m afraid to be awake because all these flashes keep squeezing through and I can’t stuff them back the way I used to. I’m afraid of never being able to get back up there to Everest, and I’m afraid that if I get back up there, I’ll never come down, and I’m afraid of Dr. B. because he sees me and he knows things and when they see you and know things they mess everything up, and I’m afraid I’ll be stuck in this place forever, and I’m afraid I won’t and I’m the biggest sorriest-ass pussy there ever was, and I’m just plain old effing afraid.This is America. He's 16 ??? and he’s seen some stuff and done some stuff and he’s pretty damn sure he’s a bad person because of it. But it doesn’t matter.He plays cards with Dr. B - (read page 91 middle)Now sometimes when we’re playing, and I’m about to start floating with those flashes sliding through, I want to tell him some. Then I get scared. Then I get mad because I don’t know what all I’m so scared of. Then I get more mad because he already knows I’m scared. Then I feel like a pussy and I hate my sorry-ass self. Then I still want to tell him.

  • Dawn Ang
    2019-04-21 04:21

    America is one of those characters that you just can't get out of your head. I read this book several years ago and I can still remember him and his story. This novel is thought-provoking in ways that YA fiction is failing to do be today. It is the story of a troubled young man, America, and his struggle to cope with the hard life he is forced to live due to his absent mother and low societal status. The author illustrates a life for America with such substance that it forces you think twice about the people that you judge too quickly as being in the unfortunate situation they're in because they chose to be there."America" tackles issues that are prevalent in today's homeless population, such as mental-illness and unlivable conditions in their homes, in an intelligent way that returns to them the humanity they are entitled to.This book will change your perspective and you will undoubtedly look back to it as one of the important works of literature that opened your eyes to world.

  • Nick Ferranto
    2019-04-04 00:55

    I did not like this book at all. "America" was probably the least enjoyable book I have ever read. There were no exciting parts that a person would hope to see in a book like this, about a kid who has had a very troubled past. If I were E.R. Frank, I would seriously reconsider writing this book and make it much more entertaining or exciting. A book like this, which is targeting an audience of about my age, should have many ups and downs and things that a person would never guess would happen, this book was very boring and predictable. Reading the preview to this book actually made me pretty excited about it, yet the book was not at all like the preview said it would be like. I have read many books about things similar to this book which were twice as good. This book may be somewhat enjoyable for a person a little bit older than I am, it just was not good to me. I would not recommend that anybody my age read this book.

  • John Johnson
    2019-04-14 00:13

    America This book is called America and is a novel by E.R. Frank with 242 pages. This book is realistic fiction. The action of this book mainly takes place when he is having flashbacks of when he was younger. The author makes you feel like you were in the book by being descriptive about the things that were happening. The main characters in this story are America, Ms. Harper, Dr. B, Brooklyn, and Browning. All of the characters can be a real person around the world somewhere. The story is about a boy named America wanting to kill himself, why he wants to do it and the struggle of him finding himself. I like the way the author wrote the book. He was very descriptive when America talked about the things in his childhood. I really enjoyed reading this book and it is now one of my favorites. It has everything that I enjoy seeing in a book.

  • Sarah
    2019-04-15 06:11

    This was one of my favorite books in late elementary/early middle school; I re-read it recently out of curiosity.I still really loved it. I love ER Frank so much for writing such raw, hard-hitting, no-holds-barred YA books. She writes about incredibly serious, dark topics like abandonment, poverty, drug abuse, suicide, and sexual abuse, and she does it in such an honest way. America, in particular, delves into the very-rarely discussed issues of sexual abuse of young boys in the most amazingly fearless and thorough way. Frank explores the guilt, the confusion, the anger, the depression, and all of the results of the abuse with sensitivity and thoughtfulness. The plot is compelling, the writing is authentic and creative, the characters are original but feel real, and the message is optimistic and important without seeming cheesy or over-the-top. I really loved this book and would recommend it in a heartbeat.

  • Briynne
    2019-04-23 04:56

    Not awful, I suppose...but lacking. Considering this is meant to be a young adult novel, it reads rather like a pysch 101 textbook's chapter on troubled teens. There's just too much analyzing in this book - it's repetitive and gets boring quite quickly. The book is heavy-handed and the foreshadowing is even more so. Seriously, if you didn't know that Browning was going to turn out to be really creepy/pervy from just about the first major scene he was in, you probably shouldn't have even bothered with the book. The whole thing just felt so forced. I hate when books go out of their way to manipulate my emotions. And, the whole "look at me, I have no distinguished race, I'm 'America'" thing was ridiculous. But, if you are into screwed up kids, hating the "system", and therapy, you might like it.

  • John Mcdonnell
    2019-04-04 03:23

    America was just a great novel. I think the best books are ones that change your thinking and help u develop into a better person. America is one of those books. America is a boy who sees himself as a nobody. His therapist, Dr. B asks him "where do u see yourself in five years?" America responds with "nowhere." His troubled past is so much full of despair and terrible abuse that you feel so bad for this poor kid. I recommend this to any kid who feels neglected and abused. They will understand why America says a lot of messed up things. Must warn young readers the language is dirty but its language used in real life. E.R. Frank doesn't sugarcoat anything is this book. You will hate America in the beginning but learn he's not such a bad kid after all. All he's trying to do is piece his life back together.

  • Samantha
    2019-03-26 00:56

    The story of a troubled teen of mixed races who has spent most of his life in the foster care system. After a failed suicide attempt he has been paced in a mental health care facility and it is through therapy that he is able to open up the wounds of his past and finally begin to heal.The horrors that America faces throughout his story are difficult to read and include neglect, molestation, poverty, and abandonment. In order to survive, America builds a wall to protect himself from anything that might make him care or hurt, but through making peace with his demons he begins moving toward a successful future.The story flashes between past and present and the author is a masterful storyteller with a powerful command of language. Characters are well imagined and realistic. Recommended for grades 9 and up.

  • Todd
    2019-03-26 02:16

    IF YOU LIKED THIS TRY...For mature readers only!!!Abused and troubled kid tries to make it back out of “being bad” through an extended relationship with one particular therapist. I was most interested in the therapy conversations. The chapters flip between “then” and “now”, giving you the history that makes him so troubled. A lot of dialogue, most of it rings pretty true. Definitely for mature (XIIIs) audiences; explicit sexual material in terms of his trauma and development. Got me toward the end.