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You May Already Be a Winner by Ann Dee Ellis
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** spoiler alert ** 4 stars. This is a really great children's book.


The writing style is unique, to say the least. But once you get used to the style, this book reads very well. The main character's emotions are shown, not told, which is very different from most children's books.

And oh man. The emotional content of this one really got to me. I loved the emphasis on choosing your family.


I couldn't connect to the narrator in any way. She wasn't a bad narrator, but her reactions to things were very all-or-nothing.

The mother's issues were never really explained or developed in any way. One of my favorite books of all time, Waiting For Normal, succeeds in part because the mother's character is so developed. This book doesn't do a good job of that, which makes the ending fall just a little flat.

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Reading Progress

January 29, 2017 – Started Reading
January 29, 2017 – Shelved
January 29, 2017 –
page 73
20.74% "this is written for literal preteens and it's so much better than 99% of ya and it's breaking my damn heart"
January 29, 2017 – Shelved as: i-read-arcs
January 29, 2017 –
page 142
January 30, 2017 –
page 205
January 30, 2017 – Shelved as: narratives-on-abuse-trauma
January 30, 2017 – Finished Reading
February 8, 2017 – Shelved as: genre-mg-childrens
March 15, 2017 – Shelved as: ze-read-in-2017
April 12, 2017 – Shelved as: 4-star
April 14, 2017 – Shelved as: books-released-2017

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