Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Throwaway Girl
by Kristine Scarrow

Publisher: Dundurn
Pages: 184
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Andy Burton knows a thing or two about survival. Since she was removed from her mother's home and placed in foster care when she was nine, she's had to deal with abuse, hunger, and homelessness. But now that she's eighteen, she's about to leave Haywood House, the group home for girls where she's lived for the past four years, and the closest thing to a real home she's ever known.

Will Andy be able to carve out a better life for herself and find the happiness she is searching for?


Kritters Thoughts:  What an interesting look at the foster care system and how it may not work for the best for everyone.  Andy Burton is about to age out of the system and will get a little assistance but will basically be on her own.  To go from house to house and bad situation to bad situation and then to be on your own must be completely difficult.  This short little book gives the full back story as to why this girl is in the spot she is in and what she does after she is out of the foster care system.

I loved this little story.  It felt real and honest and a true glimpse of what life is like for these kids.  I enjoyed having fully developed secondary characters around her that showed other foster care outcomes.  There was one of the girls I won't spoil a story but I really felt for her and her situation and was really rooting for her.

After reading the books, I read some reviews and have to disagree with a few that said they thought it was too short.  I liked the length.  I thought that it was just the right amount of story with such deep topics covered.  I wouldn't have wanted page after page and much more story with such tragedy on the page.  

I am definitely interested in reading more by this author, I will have to look at her two other books and pick them up and read them soon.


Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

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