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The Redheaded Stepchild Paperback – November 5, 2011
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About the Author
Kelly I. Hitchcock is an up-and-coming writer in the Austin, Texas area. She is author of various poems about the randomness of life, several short stories, random creative nonfiction works, and the coming-of-age novel The Redheaded Stepchild. She is world-renowned among a readership of five people and growing. Raised by a single father in the small town of Buffalo, Missouri, Kelly has fond memories of cash-strapped life in the Ozarks that strongly influence her writing and way of life. When she's not writing manuals for money or writing poetry and fiction for unmoney, or training for the Jailbreak half marathon, Kelly enjoys sewing, playing dodgeball, and politics. She is an avid volunteer and fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
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The story jumps back and forth in time, from the present to Cady's memories of the past. Though this could be confusing for some, it made sense in the story. She "remembers" her hurts and anguish, as well as the few positive highlights of her life. It was both interesting and frustrating to read at the same time.
If you like drama, female antagonists, chaotic family relationships and internal struggles, then this book is for you. If you are looking for a lighthearted, quick read, then lay this book aside for another time. It is not quick, nor lighthearted. Author Kelly Hitchcock is an author to watch. I look forward to seeing what she comes up with next.
*I received a free copy of this book from the author for this review. All my reviews are my personal opinion.
I guess that's about the most you can say for a book, right? Once I started reading it, I wanted to keep reading it, and it left me wanting more.
Hitchcock's real strength lies in her descriptions, vivid imagery evoking the sights, colors, lighting, mood, smells and sounds of her locations: a seedy country bar in the middle of nowhere, a trailer park, a parent's bedroom.
Relationships also form a core component of this book, and it's delightful to watch them grow or shrink as we move forward and backward in time, discovering first an effect, then a cause, then another effect.
It's a quick, delightful, sharp and observant read, and I'd recommend it to anyone.
The collection of shorts are written at varying times of Cady's life and help to paint a picture of her past and all that she hopes to have (and escape from) in her future.
Hitchcock's novel was pure literary enjoyment and I very much look forward to more from this talented new author.
When I first started reading "The Redheaded Stepchild" I wanted Cady to kick some series butt. I normally read Urban Fantasy, but my friend suggested this book. I'm so glad she did. It's an wonderful switch to read something that is in the here and now. Like I said I wanted Cady to kick some butt and tell her stepmother where to put whatever crap she was dealing out that day to poor Cady, or whoever was dealing it. Cady doesn't really ever tell anyone off, but we do see her grow up. It got me thinking about my own childhood and how I would have handled many of the situations that Cady faced, and I probably would have done the exact same thing Cady did. It's great to read about heroines, but sometimes you have to be your own. Cady learned how to be her own hero and it was so good to see her get an education and get out of podunk. The readers see Cady grow up and be her own hero. Even though she had a hard time sticking up for herself, she really did work for every thing she has and that's an important lesson in life; a real character builder.
If your contemplating reading this book, don't hesitate, it's a great read.. I want more of Cady's life!
This book is for you if you loathe toddlers & tiaras. This book is for you if you know what it's like to grow up poor. This book is for you if you, like Catherine, value your siblings and their futures more than you value your own well-being!
This was a quick and comfortable read. I'm looking forward to more from this promising new author!
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