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Not My Kid ... by [Billiter , Mary]
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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: 621 KB
  • Print Length: 281 pages
  • Publisher: Camel Press (April 29, 2011)
  • Publication Date: April 29, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004YQRBRQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,284,645 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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. Instead it hooked me immediately, demanding I keep reading, keeping me up into the early morning hours. While challenging me as a mother with the silent question: "What would you do if this happened to your son?" Although I could not envision this happening to me, I know what it is to raise sons that are smart and challenging of authority, so I could relate to the mother. Billeter's hook sunk into unanswered questions. I had to keep reading to find out where her story was headed. Writing from the character's perspective enabled the hook to sink in even deeper, however it was also the major flaw of this body of work. I found character development to be lacking. I wanted more depth. I wanted more background. Not being familiar with the juvenile court system, I was left adrft, not understanding the full impact underlying the few descriptive words used in the last chapter. At the very end,, with the last words spoken, my first reaction was "huh? what goes on here?" The ending was much too abrupt.
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I loved this book. Mary has such character development. You really feel like you really know the characters personally. I love how she gets into their thoughts and feelings. It really pulls the reader in. Makes you understand what makes them tick and how we think and perceive things on all levels of relationships. She keeps it suspenseful. I can't wait to pick it up and continue where I left off. I love authors who can do this. I hate muddling through books waiting for them to get better. Mary starts off at full throttle and the book remains that way throughout. Great ending. Love to feel good at the end. I think Mary is an incredible author. Love and admire her talent and style. I double the five star rating!
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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. Megan was a bit annoying, Cameron was kind of unsympathetic and the plot was thin. This novel tip toes around domestic violence and its impact on families, esp. children. It also does not really resolve Cameron's dilemma. The author should have stuck to the core characters and put a little more jazz into the novel as I honestly fail to believe an ex abuser could hold down the job position he had with little to no consequences. Overall an ok novel but nothing to get excited over.
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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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We all want to believe that"not my kid' would apply in a situation like this.

Unfortunately,anybody's kid might do anything given the right set of circumstances. Peer pressure sometimes is the most powerful motivation, negating even the training and discipline of a loving home. Raising a teen ager is never easy, but when the use of drugs becomes part of the equation, it is every parent's nightmare. I have been here and done this and this book took my breath away with it's honesty and realism.

I loved this book and related to the emotions felt by a mother grieving for her little boy.
Just beautifully done!!!
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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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