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A Work of Art by Melody Maysonet
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bookshelves: sexual-abuse, young-adult-lit

** spoiler alert ** Interesting premise, and at times a surprisingly unflinching portrayal of what sexual abuse can look like... but the way everything so neatly wrapped up in the end really frustrated me. Mom is now loving and protective, estranged former best friend is now ally in healing, nice boy referenced earlier in the book is now boyfriend, etc. This is a young woman who is profoundly traumatized, and this is a mother who has been behaving in the same pattern for years! They are going to STRUGGLE. I just wish overall there had been a less quick and simple linear progression from "oh my God my father was arrested for child pornography and it's all my mom's fault" to "I now have accepted the reality of my father's actions and have a loving relationship with my mom to help me heal."
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Reading Progress

June 29, 2019 – Shelved
June 29, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
June 29, 2019 – Shelved as: sexual-abuse
August 12, 2019 – Started Reading
August 12, 2019 – Shelved as: young-adult-lit
August 16, 2019 – Finished Reading

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