Love and Squalor: A Novel 1st Edition
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About the Author
- Paperback : 341 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0998260657
- ISBN-13 : 978-0998260655
- Item Weight : 13.8 ounces
- Product Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.86 x 8 inches
- Publisher : Jessica A. Scott; 1st Edition (April 22, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #7,943,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Annabelle's love of her job, the neighborhood, and the children in her care is very apparent - it's so admirable she wants to make a difference in their lives and provide a safe space for them to just be kids. She's determined to prove she's not the privileged 'White Girl' they believe her to be, and wants to be a permanent member of the community - even after she finds herself in some terrifying and heartbreaking situations.
When Slipknot makes his appearance, it's obvious he's more than a stereotypical 'gangbanger'. He's a closed book to Annabelle for quite a while, but when his tragic story is told, you just want to cuddle him like a puppy. Maybe the romance between him and Annabelle is somewhat sudden, but that doesn't make it any less adorable and intense.
Although tenacious Annabelle comes up with a commendable and highly inventive plan to bring peace to Luthertown Heights, she faces numerous challenges and obstacles. The reader may have to suspend their disbelief a bit, while simultaneously wishing it was possible for more communities to take control back from gangs.
Love and Squalor contains some harsh situations and language (which is fitting for the situations), but also delivers a message of hope, love, and choices.
I received a digital copy of this book from the author.
I really suggest that you read this book. Unless the romantic novel is absolutely not your genre, you won't be disappointed.
It's about the daily fight of a young and tenacious woman in a really hostile environment: gangs, killings... in one word, squalor. These things will really test this young woman and her strong desire to improve the world. She wants to save the children before they are lost forever, and before they cross that line that will mark and ruin their life: the line of gang membership.
It's not just squalor, it is hell on earth. And you will live it too as you read this book, because it's extremely well written: the language used by each character and all the expressions and the details make it seem like it was not just written by the author, but that the characters wrote the book themselves. Those characters seem like real people living everything that is described. Their feelings, lives, point of view and thoughts are extremely vivid.
But the book proves that even in the ashes of a city destroyed by squalor, violence and despair, good things can start to grow, watered by the tears shed and nurtured by the love of someone for the children she is saving: the seeds of a new and better world.
This book has all this and a lot more.