Nancy's Reviews > A Chance in the World: An Orphan Boy, a Mysterious Past, and How He Found a Place Called Home

A Chance in the World by Steve Pemberton
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Aug 12, 2012

really liked it
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Memoirs I suppose, by their very nature are often tales of messy and disappointing childhoods. Growing up in middle class America with a stable mother and father would not necessarily make captivating fiction. That said, Growing up as Steve Pemberton did screamed for him to write a memoir. His earliest memory is of being placed in foster care and his first day there being abandoned when the family went off for the day. His next home was harrowing at best. It was disconcerting to see how the system could have delivered him from an unfit mother and into the homes of beastly foster parents. Thanks to a neighbor who gave him books, as well as to a good mind, he loved reading and learned that his life was not the norm. He set his sights on getting out of the home he was in and creating another life for himself through education. Later he was able to reconnect with siblings and extended family and finally create the home he could only dream of as a child. A well written memoir that had me hooked from the beginning until happily ever after.

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