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The Kingdom of Childhood by Rebecca Coleman
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Sep 02, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: advanced-readers-copy, nook
Read from September 02 to 28, 2011

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To use an overused phrase, The Kingdom of Childhood is a train-wreck and you just can't look away. What starts as a mutual attraction quickly spirals into something dangerous where one person, tragically, has all of the control. The relationship between Zach and Judy is far from a healthy one. The story is told from both of their perspectives. One chapter is Judy and the next chapter is Zach. As the unhealthy obsession unfolds it is very hard to put the book down. The reader is almost like a confidant to Judy and Zach, a witness to their bad behavior. And as the story goes on you want to step in and help. You want to stand up for the weaker of the two and put a stop to the madness. But you can't, you can only watch helplessly as lives are destroyed.

Was that cryptic enough for you? To be any less vague is to give away key elements of the story, which I do not want to do. I enjoyed The Kingdom of Childhood, but felt guilty in doing so, if that makes sense. The subject matter is so taboo and something that you only read about in the papers or see on a Lifetime movie. I can't even say that the characters are very likable because they aren't. But the story is one that you will not be able to put down, that I promise you.
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