- Paperback: 242 pages
- Publisher: Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing; First Edition edition (February 18, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1936214474
- ISBN-13: 978-1936214471
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,094,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One of the primary joys of picking up this book and settling into it is the opportunity to either read it as a novel of high comedy - the trials and fantasies and tribulations and encounters of a little girl whose need of acceptance and for being significant leads her into the strange world of Girl Scouts with all the steps to achieving notice and honors through the earning of merit badges that suggests - or as a treatise on childhood addiction. Her stories range from 'adorable' to goofy to warmhearted to strange: she seems to want to emphasize the role of addiction as it is seen in early development and in this case the compulsion is to win as many merit badges and concomitant honors and notice as possible. As she calls it 'accomplishment addiction.' Viewing the book in those terms creates the need to re-read the book from the beginning and examining the story as a case study. Both ways of approaching Ronda Beaman are worthy and we can only hope she offers more book metaphors and scientific exercises in this same vein! She is a delight to read. Grady Harp, January 12
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