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Ordinary World by Stacy Baggett is a book capable of leaving the readers wondering about a life after death. The readers go on a mind-boggling journey with Sherrie, a 14-year-old dead girl, and then are left with many questions about the society, life, and death. Sherrie is the result of a one-night stand of her mother, Grace, and a boy named Mark. Grace gets knocked up and Mark does not wish to do anything with Grace and the baby. Out of a desperate attempt of finding a man to marry, Grace hooks up with a horrible man named Stephan. By the time Sherrie is born, they are married. In a very early age, Stephan begins sexually abusing Sherrie and threatens her to not reveal this secret to anyone or risk being dead. You would think that Grace would have killed this pathetic man on finding the truth; however, she holds Sherrie responsible and begins hating her for taking the love of her life away. Thus, starts a tragic life of Sherrie. She is hated by her own mother, tormented by her step-father, and is living a miserable life. Nevertheless, like any other child, she has many beautiful dreams and ambitions in her life. She dreams of becoming a famous writer, pours her heart out in the form of poetry, wishes to marry Paul Mc Cartney of Beatles, but destiny has other plans for her. She dies in an accident. Her best friends, Eddie and Laura, are one of those few, who mourn for her long after she is gone. We all think that life stops when we die; however, the struggle of Sherrie continues even after her death. Will her soul ever find peace or would continue to be tortured by its past existence as Sherrie?
By narrating the struggle of Sherrie's life and death, Stacy has put forth many meaningful life lessons. We hold on to our lives -- oh, so dearly -- without thinking that this is temporary. We postpone things for tomorrow, we hide our true emotions in an unknown fear, we do not ask real questions, and we act out of anger, selfishness, and ego; however, we forget that this life is perishable. There is a need to live every moment, keeping in mind that this may be our last. Would we wish to die without living? Such deep thoughts are sure to dance in the head of the readers throughout the read of this wonderful book.
This book is a compilation of a child's silent plea for help. It describes each scar that a horrible step-father's disdainful sexual abuse leaves in the innocent mind of his step-daughter. Stacy has elegantly written about the beautiful dreams of a child, her desire to be something in this world, her constant need to know why her mother hates her, and her hunger to be a part of a happy family. While reading this book, I felt a range of emotions. There was hatred for her mother and step-father, sympathy for her innocent heart, fear for her life, and finally, confusion for her soul.
Stacy has given many shades to the characters of her story. Her description of the characters is a combination of physical characteristics and behavioral traits. I felt connected to Sherrie and her uncle John, instantly. They were both believable characters and I loved them both. When, after her death, Sherrie felt hard to let go of her life, I understood her need. Her desperate attempt to hold on to her past and find answers to her deepest questions was convincing. If I were in her shoes, I would have felt in the exact same way.
I would recommend this book to my friends and family, who whine over insignificant aspects of life. By asking them to read this book, I would hope that they would understand that this life is bigger than us and that the life has a greater purpose than to complain about the behavior of a cousin or a friend or anything of this kind.
I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars because it reminded me of the important life lessons that we tend to forget in the fast pace of our lives. I admire the depth of the author with which she has written this book and I wish every reader manages to find the true meaning of the life by reading it.