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The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan
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it was amazing
bookshelves: 2014, scottish-contemporary-fiction, ebook, library-check-out, reviews

Drugs. Cutting. Pedophila. Prostitution. HIV/AIDS. Alcohol. Cunt. Fuck. Twat. Mental abuse. Death. Paranoia. Fights. Rape. Molestation. Zoophilia. Love. Human kindness. Hope. Survival.

15 year old Anais, 50 foster homes, three name changes, and a rap sheet taller than herself is here to give you a tour. A tour of the realities of the foster care system, of treatment against the mentally ill, of how once you're locked into a system that is designed to spit you out and eat you alive, there is a shred of hope still alive for change. A world that while it may take place in Scotland, is not out of the ordinary here in the States. A reality in which only the strongest will survive, even if it means you have to become feral to do so.

Anais' story is not pretty, it's not easy to read and is not for the weak stomached. But you will fall in with love her, even as she sniffs, sucks, snorts, and fights her way around her world because Anais is the mirror being held up to our world and while we may not be 15, we may not have a penchant for Dior lipsticks and pillbox hats, there are secrets within ourselves that help us cope with our day to day lives.

Think Charles Bukowski with a dash of Hunter S. Thompson with bits of Lisbeth Salander from The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series mixed with Irvine Walsh, and you have The Panopticon.

This is a beautifully written and actualized story that while may be hard to swallow, needs to be said. Needs to be told. Needs to be read. It's one of the best books I've read in a very long time.

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Reading Progress

April 9, 2014 – Started Reading
April 11, 2014 – Shelved
April 11, 2014 – Shelved as: 2014
April 11, 2014 – Shelved as: scottish-contemporary-fiction
April 11, 2014 – Shelved as: ebook
April 13, 2014 –
April 13, 2014 – Finished Reading
July 22, 2014 – Shelved as: library-check-out
August 3, 2018 – Shelved as: reviews

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