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In the sequel to the New York Times bestselling memoir Three Little Words, Ashley Rhodes-Courter expands on life beyond the foster care system, the joys and heartbreak with a family she’s created, and her efforts to make peace with her past.

Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent a harrowing nine years of her life in fourteen different foster homes. Her memoir, Three Little Words, cap
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 30th 2015 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (first published May 5th 2015)
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Peg (Marianna) DeMott
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I first read Ashley Rhodes-Courters first book Three Little Words while I was working as a high school library media specialist. This is a book that tells a horrific story of a young girl growing up in Florida's foster care system in the mid-80s and early 90s. It was assigned to me as a consideration for our state reading list. I was one of the readers who recommended it, and then argued successfully that it be included on the list. At the time I read the book I was not living in Florida. It jus ...more
Lois R. Gross
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
For those who read Rhodes Coulter's first book, this is required reading. Not only has Ashley lived an exemplary life, she has brought her life, burnished by the horribly flawed Florida foster care system by becoming a foster parent, an adoptive parent, and a biological parent herself. Her husband. Erick, may deserve sainthood for being the rock on which her life is built. Her ongoing troubled relationship with her mother and biological brother are the counterpoint to the successes of her life. ...more
Such a great follow-up to her first memoir. This one recounts her life as an adult where her other book left off & her experiences as a foster parent in Florida. This book really shows the need for more people advocating for kiddos safety & their best interests. I hope this book will continue to raise awareness & motivation to better the system.
Logan Ross
Mar 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Encouraging and educational

Working in the foster care system myself, this book has given me a chance to see the system from another point of view allowing me to be more aware in my career.
Very hard to read at times, but so glad this book took over my life for the past few days. Just as her first memoir.
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-for-kat
The writing style matured and it was even better than the authors first book.
Michelle Arrow
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I have only read a few memoirs, and honestly, not everyone could be a master of writing one. Ashley Rhodes-Courter provides a sequel to her first novel/memoir, Three Little Words, and even though I have not read the first book, it is easy to catch up with what I missed—it did not seem much. Everything became so clear to me from the start, and Ashley's story is beautifully written and absolutely heartfelt. Also, it is
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
FirstReads sent me this book to preview in exchange for an honest review. I had just finished Rhodes-Courter's first book, Three Little Words, before starting on this sequel. Both books are well written accounts of the author's experiences with the foster care system. In the first book, the author details her experiences of living with 19 foster parents before her adoption at age 12. In Three More Words, the author details her experiences of being a foster mother and later a therapeutic foster p ...more
Apr 12, 2015 rated it liked it
The author gives a view of a world many of us never see. A former foster child (see her first book), this book updates her life from college to marriage to becoming a foster parent. If it was meant to encourage others to be foster parents, the descriptions of the difficulties with child services bureaucracy and other issues didn't make it look like an appealing prospect. On the other hand, as a statement piece to lobby for change and the author's future political ambitions, it worked fine.
The st
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
I can't honestly recommend it for the YA market. The book itself is certainly readable though it doesn't come close to being as well written as the Dave Pelzer books (A Child Called It, etc.). The author can put together a story, and has quite a story to tell: As a parent myself, I was inspired and amazed by this former foster child's success and her willingness to take on many severely abused foster children herself. But it's in no way a YA book, and was obviously marketed as such only because ...more
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
While I won't say that this book is a good as its predecessor, I will say it's great reading for anyone who wonders about foster care and how they can help the children involved. Most of these situations are so much more complicated than the ones she describes (and I'm sure there's much more to those), but putting all aspects of even one child's experience in a book would be almost impossible due to both confidentiality and sheer scope. Overall, as someone who found her first memoir inspirationa ...more
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: teens, teachers, parents
As a teacher, this is an encouraging and easy read for my students. This book shows kids that no matter what, one can overcome people's expectations. I plan on teaching this in the upcoming school year. If anyone has ever worked with student's in "the system" this is definitely something to read to gain the parent's perspective. I enjoyed the first book and now this one will be on our school's recommended reading list.
Brittany | brittanyfiiasco
Very few books leave me feeling the way I did after reading this book. It's heart-wrenching, real, and probably the most important book I'll read all year.

After reading Three Little Words, Ashley's first memoir, I was thrilled to discover she had released a second-- hoping for exactly what it is.

In Three Little Words, Ashley recounts her tumultuous and traumatizing experience going through the foster care system. If you haven't already, read that book!!! It's heavy, and tough, and traumatic--
Fauntel Deshayes
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ashley Rhodes-Courter first captured my attention at a luncheon for the United Way where she was the keynote speaker. I read her first book, "Three Little Words" which details her life in foster care until she was adopted at the age of 13. The book ended when she graduated from high school. This book details her life after high school as we follow her through college, boyfriends, marriage, her career, and her life as she enters the foster care system yet again, but this time as a foster parent. ...more
Molly F.
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I picked up this book because it looked like an interesting book and .
This book was about Ashley Rhodes-Courter and her life after foster care. She was in foster care for 10 years and lived in 14 different homesd before being adopted by Gay and Phil Coureter, who changed her life forever. She got in touch with her birthmother, who causes problems and brings back terrible childhood memories throughout the book. Ashley goes to college, meets her future husband, and spends more time with her birth
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
The author gives a view of a world many of us never see. Ashley was a foster child when she was younger and this book updates her life from college to marriage to becoming a foster parent. If it was meant to encourage others to be foster parents, the descriptions of the difficulties with child services bureaucracy and other issues didn't make it look like an appealing prospect. On the other hand, as a statement piece to lobby for change and the author's future political ambitions, it worked fine ...more
Ellen Curtis
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rhodes-Courter broke my heart again. The last few years, I have more and more seriously been researching foster care as an option. Reading about Rhodes-Courter's childhood in the foster system, and her subsequent adoption in Three Little Words broke my heart. Reading about her experiences as a mother navigating foster care, adoption, and advocacy further cemented in my heart that the world needs more foster parents willing to love. This is a must read for anyone considering foster care and adopt ...more
Elizabeth Wood
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
A moving book about the pitfalls of the worlds of foster kids and foster families. Ashley Rhodes-Courter writes movingly of her own difficult childhood and her determination to make life better for the kids she in turn fosters. I especially loved her honesty in talking about how hard it is to learn to love when you've been through a school of hard knocks. This would be a good read for young adults who care about kids and want to think about how they might help make at risk kids lives better...
I loved her first book and also loved this followup. Ashley is an Amazing woman. She has become a beacon of light in the darkness that is foster care. She has moved on to advocate for children who are in the system that tried to chew her up and spit her out. I truly hope that she is able to bring about change and that her life continues to be happy and healthy. I also hope she finds time for another book. She is an eloquent writer.
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Poignant, real and thought provoking Follow-up to the author’s first book. The foster system is “broken” does does not adequately describe the many ways the system fails our children. Those children need many more people like the author and her husband to stand up and be heard. Excellent and inspiring work!!
Haley Reeder
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed these memoirs. I loved the first one, getting insight into a child's life going through the foster care system. I loved this book to see how Ashley has come full circle and is an adult foster mother advocating for children. Recommended reading for everyone. A must read for anyone considering foster care.
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After reading her first book, I knew I was going to be picking up the second. My husband and I plan to adopt, and have talked about fostering. This book helped me better understand some of the process, as well as make my heart break. It was beautifully written, encouraging and challenging. Thanks so much for sharing your story and experiences with foster and adoption, Ashley!
Angie Perzee
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
I enjoyed getting this personal glimpse into the foster care system. Ashley allowed us into her world and gave us no excuses as to why we couldn't also be helping in this system. It is a lot to wrap my head around and I could see the same frustrations with my friends who foster parent. Ashley's story encourages me that we could do this too someday.
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Different then her first memoir, Three Little Words (one of my favorite books). Regardless, I really enjoyed her stories of being a foster parent and the challenges and difficulties it entails Ashley's story is inspiring and her advocacy on behalf of foster children is commendable.
Laurie Stephens
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My volunteer position as a CASA led me to Three Little Words and then Three More Words. Ashley has been through a painful journey from being in foster care to adoption, to being a foster parent herself. This was an eye opening book about our social services system
May 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
I found her first book to be poignant and thought-provoking. This follow up felt like I was reading her personal journal. 90% of the book is, "Look at all the things I did right and all the ways other people were wrong."
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another great read (full of pain, heartache, but also warmth and love) from the life of Ashley Rhodes-Courter. I appreciate that she's shared her life in this way with people so that they can learn from it, grow from it, and take caution from it.
Shannon Wyss
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another engrossing, inspiring, tragic, and challenging book by Rhodes-Courter.
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Really fantastic book. She is incredible!
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Couldn't put it down. Enlightening about the foster care system and the effects it can have on individuals that are a part of it.
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Ashley Rhodes-Courter is the quintessential American success story. Born in 1985 to a single teen mother, by the age of 3 she was in Florida’s foster care system where she spent almost ten years being shuttled between 14 homes—some quite abusive—before being adopted from a Children’s Home at the age of twelve. Early in her life she felt compelled to advocate for herself and the other children she ...more
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