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Hand Me Down by Melanie Thorne
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Feb 04, 12

Read from February 02 to 04, 2012 — I own a copy, read count: 1

Picture yourself a teenage girl left in the lurch by a mother who has chosen her convict husband over you and an alcoholic father who only wants you because of the extra money he’ll get for child support. Imagine how alone you would feel being shuffled from one home to the next each time being an inconvenience to the family you were staying with. Well that is exactly what Elizabeth and her sister Jaime are going through.

The girl’s mother Linda has chosen her recently released from prison, sexual predator husband over her girls. The stipulation of his parole is no contact with young females. Since he was released he continuously leered at Liz and took every opportunity to make sexual innuendos and touch her exposed skin, it made her skin crawl.

Liz finds herself in Colorado with her aunt Tammy who is her mother’s sister and a soft place for Liz to land. She feels protected and loved with her aunt. Liz’s sister Jaime has found a home with her father’s sister Deborah and her family becoming fast friends with her cousin Ashley, even if it is a strict religious household. Thus begins the tug of war the girls are stuck in being pulled in every direction without a care to what they want. That is until Liz finds her voice and speaks her mind finally taking what is hers.

With Hand Me Down Melanie Thorne tells such a believable story that leaves you feeling raw and uplifted all at the same time. Earning her MA in creative writing from University of California where she was awarded the Alva Englund Fellowship and the Maurice Prize in Fiction, she shows what a talented writer can do.

I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway.
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