professornana (professornana) wrote,

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Story of a Girl

The day of surgery, I started reading STORY OF A GIRL by Sara Zarr. I had to wait a week to finish the reading and was worried that I might have to do some backtracking to recall the first half of the story. Nope. As soon as I picked up where I had left off a week ago, I was once more transported to Deanna's world, a place were her brother and his wife and baby daughter live in the basement, where her mother works long hours and comes home frazzled, and where her father seems to be angry at th world.

Deanna made a huge error in judgment when she was thirteen, but er father cannot seem to forget her indiscretions three years latyer. Deanna just longs for some sort of escape. Maybe she can earn enough money this sumer so that she and her brother and his family can move out and find a new home. Deanna learns that home is not a place necessarily; home is where you find love and acceptance.

I loved this quiet story which reminded me occasionally of CRISS CROSS another book where the real action is below the surface.

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