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My Book of Life by Angel by Martine Leavitt
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Oct 07, 12


I read this book, and then re-read it over and over again. Each time I felt the character speaking to me with a voice I'll never forget. Written in verse, Angel pulls us into her disturbing existence that we ache to see, though the language gives us hope that she is not broken by it. We trust that though her life is unfair and horrific, she has found truth and the essence of all that is beautiful. Martine Leavitt has given the world the story of a girl who grabs hold of the innocence in each of us, and breaks us page by page with the honest, dark, beautiful, and haunting reality of Angel's life. However, since I've read it, I realized that it is not just Angel's life. I hear her voice and see her bending spirit in the homeless, troubled, oppressed women that hide in the shadows in our society. In writing this, Martine Leavitt has taken them out of the shadows and into the light.
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