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    Anais Hendricks is not only a tough kid to warm up to because of her alarming history of delinquency and her raucous vocabulary, but getting accustomed to the dialect also makes the book get off a slow start. Even so, as you grow with Anais, you root for her evolution, her growing realization of her power and her transformation. The book gave me new empathy for the plight of those left behind by society. A difficult read on many levels, but well worth it.

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    Overall, a disappointment after all the raves I read about this book. May be it was written for people of more intelligence than I have or for people whose minds are more attuned to frenetic complexities, but I found the experience of reading it exhausting, where, instead of letting the words flow through me I had to be constantly alert for nuances, tricky turns and hidden meanings. It was a bit like playing a video game full of blind alleys and villains who jump out at you. On the positive side, the characters are well-drawn and the Scottish teen idiom sounds authentic. But I can't recommend the book, mostly because I can't think what kind of reader would enjoy wading through it.

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    Passionately written...

    I must sit back now in order to let the story sink in well... It was intriguing, and interesting to read a novel from the viewpoint of a "lifer" in social work settings... Definitely heart wrenching, sad, funny at times, and written without filters, right to the point.

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