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    "My Life as a Rat" is the story of the Kerrigan story of Niagara, New York. Starting in 1991, the story details how a the two oldest Kerrigan brothers, along with two friends (then mid to late teens) cause he death of a black teenager. The youngest Kerrigan child, Violet, then 12 years old, overhears her brothers talking about the incident and while originally agreeing to stay silent, Violet eventually tells the police what she knows. Her revelation causes her banishment from her family. The theme of family trust vs the truth is a strong one, but I, as a reader, was left very disturbed by how this family reacted to their child telling the truth. As well, I was disturbed at the family's support of the sons, whose actions, while drunk, were reprehensible and likely racist as well. While the book deals with some interesting and important themes, I found it too long and in parts boring.

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