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Not My Kid ... [Kindle Edition]

Mary Billiter
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Book Description

What happens when a reporter covering a lead crime story realizes her son is a suspect? For journalist and single mom Megan Reilly, the discovery of her teenage son’s secret life throws her own existence into turmoil. When Austin is arrested for shoplifting and becomes the prime suspect in a series of bomb threats at the local middle school, Megan’s immediate response is, “Not my kid.” What does it mean to be a good parent?  How far should a mother go to protect her child? 


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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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 398 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Camel Press (April 29, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004YQRBRQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #708,747 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story June 10, 2012
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read! February 13, 2012
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Creative First Novel June 26, 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not My Kid June 1, 2014
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It was a quick read because you didn't want to put it down! Was very well written and I look forward to her next book. Would I recomment it? In a heartbeat. In fact, I have many times over!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not My Kid . . . By Mary Billiter January 21, 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars I could not put down the book!! October 6, 2013
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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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Ms Billiter's story goes for the jugular of parental denial, guilt, heartbreak, enduring love and finally acceptance and growth. She walks us through the perilous journey of parenting and also reminds us of the struggles of young teens. It is a fast read that I could not put down as I wanted to know more of the "why?" Her storyline is believable and her characters get to you quickly and linger with you long after you read the final sentence
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific, just terrific May 8, 2013
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars quick read
It was a quick and easy read, but too predictable. Not a lot of character development nor plot surprises. But still a pleasant beach read.
Published 3 months ago by Susan M. Holtzworth
5.0 out of 5 stars an easy to read book
I read this book for a break from course work- it was an easy read with a good easy to follow plot
Published 14 months ago by bombshell
3.0 out of 5 stars decent read
Told 1st person from the perspective of several people, a story about a troubled youth. Well written but I just didn't feel invested in the story. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was looking for, but it sucked me right in!
When I read, it is for escapism or to numb my rambling brain so I can fall asleep. This book did not fit my expectation. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerfully honest
As a survivor of domestic violence, this story touched a deep place in my heart. It is accurate in it's drama, real in it's consequences, and on target with the emotions and... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Amy has somanykids
3.0 out of 5 stars Touching.
Being a mom this book tore at my heart. As parents we try to protect our children, but sometimes we fail.
Published 21 months ago by Deb Rasnick
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I enjoyed this book and found it hard to put down. Compelling (since terrorism charges are pressed) for sure. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Soleil
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading
We read about these kids every day! Bored, ignored, troubled, yet very intelligent. This could well be the boy next door. This could happen in any town. Read more
Published on September 6, 2012 by Judyanne
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More About the Author

Author and weekly Casper Star-Tribune columnist Mary Billiter followed in the footsteps of her father, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, by earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from California State University at Northridge. She recently completed her Master of Arts degree in Adult and Post-Secondary Education at the University of Wyoming.

Mary is an adjunct instructor at Casper College, and teaches fiction writing courses through the Community Education department. Mary was the keynote speaker at Casper College's GED graduation ceremony in May 2012.

Her first work of fiction, "Not My Kid...," was published in May 2011. Her first mystery in a romantic suspense series, "The XYZ Affair," was released in June 2014.

This December 2014, Mary's third book, "A Man For All Seasons" will be published by Crimson Romance.

"Not My Kid...," "The XYX Affair," and "A Man For All Seasons" are all set in Wyoming, Mary's adopted home state.

A recent newlywed, Mary resides in the Cowboy State with her unabashedly bald new husband, Ron Gullberg, her four amazing children: Austin, Kyle, Ciara and Cooper and their runaway dog.

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