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"If you're a parent, you've likely said it yourself. Now, after reading Mary Billiter's debut novel Not My Kid, you'll be using the phrase in a whole new way--as in, 'You've just got to read Not My Kid.' The novel is about small-town living in the West, single parenthood, working moms, kids in trouble, troubled adults. And Mary Billiter gets it all just right."

--Tina Welling, Author of the novel, Cowboys Never Cry

"It's the intimacy and sense of detail that makes Mary Billiter's Not My Kid a nightmare for every parent and pleasure for every reader."

--Craig Johnson, author of The Cold Dish and Hell is Empty

"Mary Billiter doesn't blink when staring head on into a parent's greatest nightmare. In a fresh new voice from the west, she dives straight down into the deepest fears of the human heart. Not My Kid is a book to be savored."

--Tim Sandlin, author of ten books, including The GroVont Quartet

About the Author

Mary Billiter is a weekly columnist for the Casper Star-Tribune. Following in the footsteps of her father, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Billiter earned a BA in Journalism from California State University at Northridge. Mary teaches a Fiction Writing course for Western Wyoming Community College Outreach. A single mom, she resides in Wyoming with her four amazing children and their dog.

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  • File Size: 621 KB
  • Print Length: 281 pages
  • Publisher: Camel Press (April 29, 2011)
  • Publication Date: April 29, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004YQRBRQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,042,954 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mary Billiter is a weekly newspaper columnist and fiction author. She also has novels published under the pen name, "Pumpkin Spice."

Mary resides in the Cowboy State with her unabashedly bald husband, her four amazing children, two fantastic step-kids, and their runaway dog. She does her best writing (in her head) on her daily runs in wild, romantic, beautiful Wyoming.

Read more about Mary and her work at: www.marybilliter.com

Follow Mary on Twitter:

@MaryBilliter

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Not a bad book, but not the greatest either. The author's writing style is a good example of what puts me off of some books written in first person... the over explaining of things at times.
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A troubled teen gets into the judicial system and the writer takes the reader on a journey into the minds and actions of all parties involved.

Biliter has managed to give us insight into modern day live in small town USA.

She takes us into the mind and motives of an abused child, who becomes an abuser himself and the consequences this has on his family.
She gives us insight into the emotions of a battered wife, now a single mum, trying to overcome her feelings of guilt, inadequacy.
But we see too a courageous woman, crying out to love and be loved.

We are taken into the judicial system and the politics that are an integral part of modern day courtcases.
We are allowed to learn about the thoughts and emotions of the men of law, an insight seldom given.

But, above all, it is a story about love. Love for each other and the love for life.

I will follow this reader and am looking forward to her next book.
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Billiter's first novel is a creative bit of work. It deals with themes of parenthood, single parent issues, life in small town America (especially the West) and is laced with heart and emotion. She alternates the narrator of the story, by the chapter. At first I found this to be a little disjointed, but over time I came to appreciate the complexity of her work as she had to credibly get in the heads and hearts of all these different characters... she did a good job at that.

It is an impressive first novel for a journalist... she shakes the trappings of the journalist that often get in the way of them writing an effective novel.

While it is classed I believe as "Women's Literature or Writing" it would be enjoyable for all genders and also older adolescents.
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I loved this book. Mary has such character development. You really feel like you really know the characters personally. I love how she gets into their thoughts and feelings. It really pulls the reader in. Makes you understand what makes them tick and how we think and perceive things on all levels of relationships. She keeps it suspenseful. I can't wait to pick it up and continue where I left off. I love authors who can do this. I hate muddling through books waiting for them to get better. Mary starts off at full throttle and the book remains that way throughout. Great ending. Love to feel good at the end. I think Mary is an incredible author. Love and admire her talent and style. I double the five star rating!
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In "Not My Kid," Mary Billiter writes a heart wrenching story that every parent hopes would not, but could happen in their family. As Meghan Reilly, mother of two boys, blames herself for her elder son's recent offenses; she repeatedly tells him she will fix everything. The reader wants to her to stop enabling him and hold him accountable for his actions, especially as he continues to break the law. Will anyone be able to stop the downward spiral of this dysfunctional family? The story's point of view changes with each chapter, requiring the reader to think about what they are reading - which is what good readers do!
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This writer riveted my attention from the first page to the last and I am not easily amused. I have started several books lately and put them away with a plan to read them later. But this morning I started reading "Not My Kid, expecting to read a few chapters. I won't give away the plot; I will just say I could not put down the book. I read nonstop to the end. I thought the character development was excellent. I understand Mary Billiter's new book, "The XYZ Affair" will be out soon and I look forward to reading it, too. I love this author's style!!
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I liked this book. I highly recommend. It is not what I normally read, but it kept me interested the entire time. It's fast paced and was very hard to put down. The story was well thought out, the characters real to me and the plot a realistic one to this day and age. I liked that I could see the story from different points of views, that really helped bring me into the issues each of them had. If you are looking for an intriguing story in a world that is far from perfect, or really just a good book, this is the one for you.
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I found the author, Mary Billiter's, story very interesting. From also reading her newspaper column, I find that her writing seems to be based on her life and family. She seems more open than some writers that use family and friends as subjects. I did think that the writing started a little basic (English Composition 101) but improved as the story progressed. I continue to read her newspaper column and look forward to any future novels she might write. I wish her luck!
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