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Rising

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  91 ratings  ·  13 reviews
She should have been able to trust him....

“Night sweats were my dance, especially in the Huston home. They were a continuation of the visions I had experienced in Dorchester, only here, they were much more violent.”

Set in a wealthy community in northern Michigan, Rising tells the story of nine-year-old Symone, who is adopted by the Hustons—“a shameless family with a house
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Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 2nd 2003 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published May 1st 2000)
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Natasha
What a raw gripping story filled with pain, secrets, misguidance, abuse and overall sadness. It was written so well that you just knew Symone would rise up and come out on top, stronger than ever. Yet another tale of a child with a tough childhood, but just when it seemed as though she was being rescued she was delivered into another type of hell, for lack of a better analogy. Oh how those scars did a number on her and how does one overcome the pain when the pain follows you? Just another remind ...more
Emma
This book of distorted relationships and agonizing secrets forces its readers to suffer along with its characters. I honestly felt this book tearing me apart as I read. Symone, “a black girl trapped in a while girl’s body”, is torn away from her life at the Dorchester projects when her prostitute mother dies of a drug overdose and she is mysteriously adopted by the rich, white, overpowering Hustons. She later attempts to escape from her life and childhood with them but returns to terrifying memo ...more
Eileen flood
Rising was a very good book but i do not recommend it to anyone who is under 14. This book had some very good twists but it was disturbing. I think that it would've been just as good without the sex scenes. It was a little too graphic at times but i like how it was always questioning you.Its about a little half black girl who was raised in a poor neighborhood all her childhood until her mother died and was adopted by am rich high class white family. The adoptive father turns out to be a creep an ...more
Sharonda Quick
Loved, loved, loved this book!
Jodi VanMeter
I think this book could have been really good. The author writes very well....but I feel the book was rushed. I didn't get to connect with the characters because I feel she didn't spend adequate time in one time period. I would have loved to give this book more than 3 stars....
Allison
Emotionally difficult to read due to the nature of the topic. However, it was very well written and I couldn't stop reading until I was finished.
Fredericka
Started reading, got to the 5th chapter and had to put it down, it didn't keep me interested in the least, sorry not a good sign.
Allison
I understood the concept, but the application wasn't ground-breaking or anything.
Valerie
It's a tough read--but very well done... a story of women's pain.
treehugger
Disturbing & unforgettable - incest, hate, insanity...
Kea
"Pretty good, it's worth reading."
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