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The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon
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Sep 16, 2011

really liked it
Read from September 09 to 16, 2011

The Story of Beautiful Girl is a beautifully written and poignant story about four people: Lynnie, Homan, Martha and baby Julia, and how on one cold stormy night in November 1968, they meet and their lives intertwine through a 40 year journey of pain, anguish, hope, despair, sadness, happiness, self-discovery, friendship and ultimately love. The author provides a captivating storyline in which the reader follows the lives of Lynnie, Homan, Martha and baby Julia through the years with alternating chapters. While I did love following each of these characters, there were some slow parts in the middle of the story, specifically Homan's chapters, in which I found my mind wandering because his story seemed to be repetitive, but as the story progressed, I once again became engrossed in finding out what happened next to each of them. The author provides the reader with a very real and hauntingly disturbing account of what life was like for individuals who were placed in these dismal institutions. My emotions ran the gamut, and my heart just ached as I thought about what life must have been like for anyone who was institutionalized during that time period. The most dynamic message that this story provides is how the power of undying love will sustain a person through their most darkest and brightest parts of their life. This story will pull at your heartstrings, it will invoke a range of emotions, and most of all it will provide much food for thought.


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