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America by E.R. Frank
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Apr 04, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: ya-read

America is a child who has fallen through the cracks of society. His story is a highly disturbing one. Told in fragments, which intertwine and interrelate, America tries to explain his tortured existence of feeling like no one who is nowhere. He has been subject to sexual abuse, has attempted suicide, has lived in the foster system, is a runaway. While he is committed to a residential hospital, he meets Dr. B. Like all therapeutic relationships, the road is rocky and rough, until America can stand it no more and must confide in someone who cares.

There are a number of reasons this book is appropriate for teens, teachers, librarians, parents, and anyone else who is involved with teens at risk. Written by a clinician, the key point the book makes is the ability for lost children to find their way back, if they can have a "healing relationship". These relationships may be established with any number of people, not just professionals.

There are sections of this book that will make you tear up, make you feel sick to your stomach, and make you a joy like never before.
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