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message 1: by Meche (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:54AM) (new)

Meche exactly - i was SO angry throughout the reading of this book it made it difficult for me to enjoy it.


message 2: by Anne (new)

Anne While I had the exact same reaction, I think I was most angry with the social worker who shows up at the house once -- but never returns. THAT, I felt, was the best example of what is wrong with the systems we believe are in place in this country to protect children. While Jeannette's mother is incomprehensible, I think the answer is that she's clearly mentally ill -- and as evidence by the number of times the children had to pull her out of bed to go to work -- very depressed. While these conditions may not provide an excuse for doing what she did to her children, I think it is an explanation for her behavior - and the behavior of so many parents out there who, unfortunately, are not receiving the help they and their children so desperately need.


message 3: by Michelle (new)

Michelle Well said!


message 4: by Jen (new)

Jen McLeod Oh my god! The father was a WAY poorer parent than the mother, but you had a "soft spot" for him? How horribly sexist - it seems everyone excuses the fathers behavior to some extent because he's a man, but put the mother under fire. Imagine if their places had been switched - if the father had just sat around reading all day and the mother disappeared with all the money for days on end.


message 5: by Val (new)

Val I agree Jen. I was mortified when Rex allowed a dirty man at the pub to take a 13 year old Jeannette upstairs to his room. Later, when she told him that he had attacked her, he brushed it off. If you can't excuse her mother for justifying Uncle Stanley’s groping, then you should not be excusing the father for this. Both parents were deplorable human beings and I commend Jeannette for speaking so highly of them and for her continual love and respect for them in later life. She is a wonderful human being.


Betweenthelines "How he read the same books on Jeannette's college reading lists so he could help her with any questions." The protagonist is not so malnourished as to have had any linger repercussions and what her dad did is what they teach to do in parenting classes taught by the best universities. He did even better than what is taught. I am soooo tired of memoirs where the protagonist is credited with overcoming obstacles while we ignore HOW they did so.
Then the smugness..."If people worked hard....". OMG! I am not going to read the book and I bet it gives zero insight into how her parents became bad parents just as it gives zero credit to the protagonist's circumstance...a teary moment for you is actually a vital reason WHY she enjoys her work and feels connected to society; something too many children never experience and thereby are forever deficient.


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