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In the Beginning (Baby Girl Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The beginning had promise. We see the neglected and abandoned child strike out on her own in an attempt to survive. She finds an abandoned building to hole up in and seems to be doing fine. Then three more kids find her home to be a good place to live too. The four of them start pickpocketing and then robbing homes. Two are caught and taken away, while Cleo and Einstein run off. They start to live decent lives on the backs of others. Then, as they make plans to go to Paris, Einstein is run over. It just feels like this part doesn't even fit into the story. It feels like the author just killed him off to make Cleo's journey more dramatic.
Even though her life wasn't as bad as some, the older she got the worse it was. Days turns into weeks and then months of no one to take care of her, she has accepted that her mom will not return this time. She stuffs her backpack and leaves behind her insignificant life. Life on the streets in hard but she makes the best out of whatever she comes across. She learns to survive, and is settled into her routine.
Cleo gets unexpected company and they become fast friends. With her makeshift family, they get into difficult situations. Desperate to survive, they turn to stealing, but with every action comes a consequence. Their small family is broken up, now Cleo and Einstein are on the run. Cleo and Einstein have a plan and are determined to get off the streets. For a moment they are ordinary people, but at what cost? They are making plans, but actions are needed now.
"A haze filled the cabin, caused by her chain smoking."
"I pictured myself as the characters in the stories, which helped me escape the life I lived."
"He insisted it wasn't Christmas without presents so we found gifts for each other and placed them under the tree. It was the first Christmas in my life I celebrated."
"We made it to the other side of the road after playing chicken with the traffic. "
"My heart beat like a drummer on caffeine."
"His eyes unwavering and burning deep into my soul."
"Inside I screamed; outside my body convulsed as rivers of loss and sudden fear course through my veins."<3
"Once again I was running, a familiar friend.
A young girl of 12 leaves the only home she has ever known, taking to the streets after she is abandoned by her mother. Beginning her street life alone, she is extremely resourceful, finding food and a safe place to sleep. She eventually meets Einstein, a boy of about 15, and his two companions, a brother and sister. They form a pack of sorts, Einstein teaching Cleo how to pickpocket and eventually, how to steal in order to survive.
The telling of this story is in detail and gives a glimpse into a life very few of us are aware of. The writing is excellent and the characters are well developed. I found myself wondering how I would manage in the type of environment depicted and have to respect the resiliency of the children. I can't wait to read the next books in this series. Very well done. 5 stars
Cleo, abandoned by her mother, is faced with the most primitive level of survival, unless she learns quickly. But at the young age of 12? Extremely challenging, not to mention 24/7 threatening events from every quarter.
Klass does a splendid job balancing the oncoming challenges of street life with the growing resilience of Cleo as she quickly realizes her survival depends upon rapid learning and knowing. On the run in the shadows of society, and deprived of the benefits of public education, Cleo must create her own system of learning, if she is to pass or fail the real tests of survival on her own. And Cleo's learning goes beyond the confines of a textbook or the bureaucratic bounds of organized schooling.
Baby Girl - In The Beginning has a storyline that becomes believable as Klass paints the unfolding events page by page for the reader. Her characters quickly came to life and as a reader I began to embrace each one. The author has a knack for hooking lots of emotion between the pages to keep readers wondering where things are headed for the story and characters.
Having read As Snow Falls, another novel by Klass, I'm not surprised that she knows how to keep readers entertained as her stories unfold. Baby Girl 1 left me wanting to know the full outcome of Cleo's drive to survive. My Kindle is loaded, waiting for me to continue the series, and Cleo's suspenseful journey.
Five-Stars for Baby Girl 1, and the fine job author Elle Klass did writing a highly adventurous read! Keep us entertained Ms. Klass!
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