Sunday, September 20, 2009

Skimmed - Lessons from a Dead Girl

Leah Greene is dead. For Laine, knowing what really happened and the awful feeling that she is, in some way, responsible set her on a journey of painful self-discovery. Yes, she wished for this. She hated Leah that much. Hated her for all the times in the closet, when Leah made her do those things. They were just practicing, Leah said. But why did Leah choose her? Was she special, or just easy to control? And why didn’t Laine make it stop sooner? In the aftermath of the tragedy, Laine is left to explore the devastating lessons Leah taught her, find some meaning in them, and decide whether she can forgive Leah and, ultimately, herself.

This is not my kind of book in general.  I don't like to read books about childhood abuse or anything like that. So I checked it out with every intent of reading it, but I ended up skimming it and that was enough.  It was good from what I can see, but I'm not really interested in reading in depth about a girl's self destruction and her basic mission to bring her friend down too.  The topic of a child abusing another child is not one you see everyday and that was an interesting aspect of this book.  I felt sorry for both the girls and it is one of those situations where both of them are lost and scare and hurt and don't understand what to do about it.  There are many others who have read it and liked it.  It's not that I didn't, I just wasn't interested enough to do more than skim.

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1 comment:

  1. I'm sorry you didn't like this, but i think it's going on my immediate wishlist. Having friends who were abused like this, this topic interests me a lot. Depending on how it's handled by the author, I might get a lot out of it. Of course, it could be handled very badly in which case I'm sure I'd give it up...


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