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Drawing Free by Elena Aitken
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Feb 19, 12

Read in February, 2012

I'm not a parent, but right from the start I think everyone can relate to that desire to escape the pressures of our lives. Of course, most of us probably wouldn't do that, but experiencing it vicariously through Becca offered its own kind of satisfaction.

The story was well-written, and had some surprise twists that I did not see coming. I was disappointed with one of Becca's very unwise decisions. I prefer to read about strong moral characters because I feel inspired by them. At the same time, however, I was humbled. Real people make mistakes. Real people need compassion and forgiveness. I may not agree with her decision, but I think there's a deeper lesson we can all take away from this. And isn't that part of what makes a good story? Seeing the human condition so we can learn about and better ourselves?
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