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Right Behind You by Gail Giles
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Right Behind You by Gail Giles

Guilt/Acceptance

This book captured me right from the beginning. It opens with a horrifically shocking account of a 9 year old boy, Kip McFarland, who sets his 6 year old neighbor on fire. The boy dies three days later and Kip is sent to spend the next four years in a mental institution. The story is about Kip's struggle to forgive himself. He repeatedly sabotages his own life, believing that he doesn't deserve to be happy, until he gets another fresh start...and meets "the one." The reason I only gave it three stars is because even though it kept me hooked, I found it to be a little too melodramatic. The dialogue, especially the way that the "hip" adults talk got on my nerves after awhile. I felt like the author did her research by watching too much ABC Family. But that's just my opinion. See for yourself!I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone under the age of 15 due to mild sexual content and language.
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