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Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O'Neill
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Feb 26, 2009

it was ok
Read in August, 2008

Ever get caught in one of those conversations that seem to go on forever without ever getting anywhere? That pretty much sums up “Lullabies for Little Criminals”.

It follows the twists and turns in the life of a thirteen year “Baby” with no mother and a heroin addict father. I kept playing “connect the dots” with all the twists and cruel turns in her young life as she fends for herself. Every once and awhile I thought: “Okay, here’s a thread that’s leading somewhere.” But every time the thread unraveled with no resolution. The next chapter the author was galloping off into another blind alley.

In its favour, “Lullabies for Little Criminals” is a gritty novel with a plucky heroine. I did feel some empathy for “Baby” but couldn’t sustain it as the novel dragged on. Truthfully, I had to push myself to finish the novel. Needless to say, it’s not on my recommended list.

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