This is an absolutely captivating book that I didn't want to put down. It has been written as if by a woman with learning disabilities, giving her experiences and thoughts a very real feel. It is quite heartbreaking to sense how much prejudice Marilyn encounters on a regular basis, even from her own mother. She struggles for an independent life, despite many people treating her like a child or taking advantage of her. Despite this she shows great strength and courage, often more than the people that are supposed to be supporting her. And this is the underlying theme of the book that challenges what normality is. The character also makes interesting references to Marilyn Monroe, her namesake.
This book is an absolute MUST read for anyone who has any experience of adults with learning disabilities. It is a more gritty reality of life than 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time'.
However, this doesn't limit this book's appeal. If you like a good story that makes you think about people and life, then I'm sure you'll like it too. It deserves to be widely read!