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Ghellow Road by T.H. Waters
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Jun 09, 12

bookshelves: memoir, family, mental-illness
Read from May 28 to June 03, 2012

This book has its moments but unfortunately they’re few and far between. Mostly it just doesn’t ring true—maybe because I was thrown off by all the warm and loving dedications at the front of the book. Teri Waters tells the story of her upbringing, centering around a mentally ill mother and a father who quite simply, just couldn’t take it any more. I’m sure that putting her memories to paper was a therapeutic exercise for Ms. Waters, but unfortunately what may have benefited her emotionally, doesn’t necessarily make a good read. Her writing is uneven as she switches from a precocious youngster’s voice to an ultra-hip teenagers’, interspersed with pretentious, overly dramatic language and descriptions that simply aren’t convincing, especially from a ten-year-old’s perspective.
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