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This was a difficult read for me, not because it is not well written, or there were many grammatical errors, wrong word usage and misspellings. It was difficult because I was crying a lot while reading and just as I dislike writing reviews, I do not like to cry when I read, because reading should be relaxing, something I like to do for leisure especially coming home after a hectic 12-hour work day taking care of sick people. Perhaps it is true what they say about nurses being masochists because once I started reading, I could not put the book (e-reader) down even though I was crying so hard that the letters began to blur and I started sniffling and my throat started to hurt from the big lump that would not budge, no matter how hard I tried to clear my throat. I was crying and laughing at the same time because I was sad (crying) and I felt silly (for laughing) and I was thinking that if my friends could see me, they will all be wondering if I had lost it cuz I never cry when I am with them! That said, on to my review.
Callie was just a baby when she lost her mother. Her grandmother was given custody of her. They lived in a place like a retirement home so she had many grandmothers and was a very happy and caring/loving child. She had a BFF who is the grandson of one of the ladies in the home. One day she returned from school and found that her grandmother had suffered a heart attack and succumbed. She was fostered from one home to another, and what broke my heart was every time she is happy and settled, she gets moved to another home. I am afraid that if I continue, I might inadvertently write something that will spoil the reading for others so I will stop right here.
Suffice to say that following Callie as she goes from one foster home to another really made me feel for the children who may get 'lost' inside the system like Callie and two other kids. The thought of the many foster children, in real life, who are at the mercy of people who only want money, the thought that these people are using the money NOT for the children but for themselves and the thought that the children are mistreated, abused and are expected to not only fend for themselves and perhaps are being used for cheap labor, angers me. It also made me think and perhaps not turn/look the other way when something like this happens in my neighborhood.
Shelley Terrell, thank you for writing Callie's story - she is a strong person to withstand the ugliness and rise above it. I cried when she went through the loss of everybody who cared about her. I cheered when she decided to run away and not stay when her life was in danger. I rejoiced when she met the hermit in the woods who took care of her and saved her from the horrible legal guardian. I cried when tragedy struck again but I was happy at the ending and I loved the twist. I will be looking forward to reading the next book in this series. I hope the little girl will find her and return the rag doll. Actually, I want to also read about the other girl who became her BFF for a few months before she was moved to another foster home. I am interested to know if they will make any appearance in future Callie books.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to read Callie's story. You will now be in my authors auto-buy list. I hope I did not post any spoilers and would like to apologize if I did. (Not good at writing reviews, as you can see.)
This story shows just how much reform is needed in today's foster care system. Callie is a young victim of the system who perseveres despite horrific experiences. Every emotion is touched upon - happiness, sadness, rage, despair and anger. Her story was interesting and compelling, although the frequent misspellings and repetitive descriptions were annoying. And, while I do enjoy books with "happy endings" , this one seemed just too unrealistic for my taste. I did however, enjoy the final surprise at the very end!
I was given this book free in exchange for an honest review.
Rag Dolls: Callie's Story by Shelley Terrell isn't a must read, it's a HAVE to read. It's so good. Be sure to have your tissues near by. It grabs you from page one and holds on to you as the pages turn and turn and turn and turn some more. They only stop when you get to the end. While reading about Callie, you will find yourself laughing and crying. Callie has always been with her Grandma. When her Grandma dies she is placed in foster care. She is moved from one foster home to another. When Callie is fifteen she has a secret --- does she run or does she stay and be killed? You will feel so many emotions while reading this book: sadness, happiness, disgust and anger. What happens in the end with Callie? I'm not telling .... but be in for a surprise. I gave this book 5 stars but it truly deserves at least 10+ stars. I highly recommend it to everyone. It's a book that you will be reading and re-reading over and over again. Shelley Terrell hit it out of the park with this book and I look for more from her.
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