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Reviewed in the United States on December 5, 2018
As a proud graduate of Shaker Heights High School I wanted to see how the author portrayed our suburb, which I found to be far from perfect but pretty damn good. I liked the "Upstairs Downstairs" story line and the interplay among the teenagers. But I couldn't keep reading when the narrative turned to the McCullough/Chow litigation. Maybe Ohio is aberrational, but this just wouldn't happen. First off, social workers can't just give babies to anyone they choose. Only a court can do that. In this instance the McCulloughs would have no claim to the child - they're not the parents and no court has granted them custodial rights. Instead, social services would have to determine whether the child should be removed from her mother based on a finding of abuse or neglect. A court would have to order the removal along with a recommendation for a temporary placement. The mother would then have chance to regain the child by completing a plan of action approved by the court. This is obviously fiction, but this supposed custody battle is fantasy. Unfortunately the last 20% of the book revolves around a situation that could never occur.
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