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Dear Enemy by Jean Webster
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Nov 16, 2011

did not like it
Read from April 03 to 08, 2012

I wanted to like this book. I really did. At first it was fun and charming and old-fashioned. I enjoyed Sallie's letters more than Judy Abbott's! She's quite the character and placing her as head of the John Grier Home was a stroke of pure genius. That being said, there were no other positives. In fact, there were a lot of huge negatives. It became very obvious that Sallie, her love interest, (and presumably Jean Webster) didn't view the "feeble-minded" as real human beings. Sallie had no love for children who were "feeble-minded" and she thought it was a pity that they were ever born. Most importantly, she and the doctor believed that "feeble-minded" people shouldn't be allowed to have their own children. They saw people with mental issues as a menace to society, and Sallie even admitted that she was tempted to poison a "feeble-minded" child.

I wouldn't advise reading this book. I had high hopes for it, but it took a wrong and disturbing turn.

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