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The Girl in the Box by Sheila Dalton
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Nov 24, 2011

really liked it

How would you treat a girl who killed your boyfriend? What if she had mental issues? Inez is a young Mayan girl who was held captive in the Guatemalan jungle. When Jerry hears of her plight, he knows he must help her. Inez is not really innately "wild." She will come off as more reserved, afraid, and a bit like a puppy-unsure of herself or her surroundings. The author makes her character very different from the norm. Jerry is portrayed as the sometimes grumpy often helpful psychoanalyst. Caitlin, Jerry's girlfriend, is possibly the easiest character to like; she can be kind, funny, and intelligent.

The reader will follow Inez's journey from Guatemala to Canada. Jerry's careful care of her is interesting to read about. How would you take care of a mute Mayan girl with potential mental disabilities? Caitlin remains connected to Jerry and, through him, Inez. When the disaster happens and Jerry is found dead, Caitlin must reconcile her feelings with this momentous event.

Overall, this book is very interesting and will hold the reader's attention throughout the novel. The characters were easy to connect with, very "real." This book is recommended to adult readers.
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