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Even Salt Looks Like Sugar, a novella

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Wanda wants nothing more than to escape the oppressive upbringing of life with her abusive foster mother. Miss Cassaundra manipulates the system by bringing lost children into her home turned whorehouse and collecting the money. Wanda knows what it’s like to be abandoned and has no doubt that Abby is Cassaundra's next case. When an opportunity arises that could save them b ...more
Kindle Edition, 60 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Literary Korner Publishing
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Trevita Johnson
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We all have a fight

Most people can relate to the lives of many of the characters in this book. Everyone in the story had a fight of their own. Some fights were apparent & could be overcome through decisions, processes & time (Wanda/Ms.L/neighbors), some fights would have to be lived through from day to day (Rosa) and other fights were internal, hidden, & may never truly be acknowledged (Ms. C). I think, like the characters in this story, everyone has a fight(s) at some point in life, but the qu
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Pamela Beverly
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The story begins in the poor, dusty town of St. Bernard Parish in Louisiana. It is seen through Wanda Tate's eyes, a 16-year-old, who lives in a house of ill repute, along with a bunch of women and children. She's tired of being the de facto caretaker to the younger kids, unfairly appointed by the pseudo foster mother aka madame aka scam artist Miss Cassaundra, who always expects her demands to be met by those in the house without question. But things aren't always as they seem.

I thoroughly enjo
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Rachel
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
*I received an ARC from the author. All opinions are my own. This review was originally published on RachelPoli.com.

Book Cover

I love the cover to this one. The title is the main focus and the color choices work well together.

First Thoughts

I’ve read a lot from this author so I was eager to give this one a read when it came out.

Plot

This novella faces some tough dilemmas. Wanda is in a foster home with Miss Cassaundra as her foster mother. Miss Cassaundra is only in it for the money taking more and
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Ritu Bhathal
Dec 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Even Salt Looks Like Sugar was a quick read, about a young black girl, Wanda, trapped in a living situation that she can't get out of.
She is being 'cared for' by Miss Cassaundra, finds herself caring for a young girl Abby, and wants to get away, to make a better life for herself and Abby.
A story that gives you things to think about.
I enjoyed the premise of the story, but sometimes was a little thrown with whose point of view I was reading.
Joy Lo-Bamijoko
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story is short, but it touches on some very important social factors.

First Miss Cassaundra, and women like her, positioned themselves as the savior of abandoned children while all the time she was doing so for personal benefit and self-interest. Wanda, one of Cassaundra’s wards found herself trapped in this so-called protection for ten years not knowing that she could get out of it.

Finally, Wanda and Abby, another child under Cassaundra’s protection, and whom Wanda had come to love, were t
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Fiza Pathan
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a very moving story of a young woman Wanda & her mission. I liked the story & it's surprise ending which caught me completely off guard. I loved all the characters - Lottie, Rosa & her brood of 5 children, Abby & the wicked Miss Cassaundra. I loved the latter part of the short story very much, especially the wonderful 'twist in the tale'. Ysrayl is a promising writer & I look forward to reading more of her books in the near future. ...more
Lisa Tetting
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Don't trust everything you see. Even Salt Looks Like Sugar is a poignant tale of a 16 year old girl named Wanda who was abandoned by her parents and taken in by a neighbor. The story takes place in a rural Louisiana town where everybody knows you and your business.

The "kindly" neighbor, Miss Cassaundra, had a habit of taking in children who had been abandoned. She would feed and clothe them, but also made them feel trapped. She received money from the government to care for the kids, but she di
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