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This review is from: Don't Let Me Go (Kindle Edition)
I remember when the phrase, "It takes a village to raise a child" became popular as a way to describe the way to best raise a child. In this book by Catherine Ryan Hyde, the village is actually an apartment housing project, and the child is Grace, a nine year old precocious girl with a drug addicted mother. When Grace's mother becomes incapable of handling her, instead of simply calling child protective services to let the government step in, the residents of this seemingly run-down place actually step up and become her safety net. The author has described each character in this book with such poignant detail, you can almost envision them. When the neighbors help Grace, she leaves them with a reward much longer lasting than any of them realize. It can be said that helping others less fortunate than yourself will make you feel good inside. What Grace is able to accomplish goes beyond that feel good moment.. she is actually able to transform everyone she comes into contact with, in ways even they do not expect. When reading this book, you can't help but be pulled in to the story, and find yourself wishing for that happy ending. What will become of Grace? Read the book, and you will find yourself anticipating that question and more. It will be, in my opinion, time well spent!