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3.0 out of 5 stars good book, but author was a bit impatient with the child, 25 Sept. 2008
This review is from: Trouble with Alex: A Child Too Damaged to Love (Paperback)
this is a very good book, but a few people wouldnt speak to the author with regard to her treatment of alex,including her sister and i have to agree some of the things she did were wrong, she knew the child had disabilities and would be hard work, but losing her temper when the child couldnt learn anything and banging the table because she was staring at her were totally wrong,no wonder the child withdrew into herself. other occasions she dragged her outside of the room, which could have been seen as assault, on the other hand some things she did must have pushed melanie to the limit, but she did insist on a special needs child. on the whole if melanie had been seen in public doing the things to alex that she did, someone would have said something to her. melanie did try her best but i dont think she was prepared for a special needs child at all.
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Initial post: 18 Jun 2012 09:55:29 BDT
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Lara Boyde says:
If you'd bother to read the whole book, you'd learn that even the subsequent foster carer, "renowned" for her achievements with very damaged children, was unable to tolerate Alex. You would also have learned that everyone let Alex - and her parents - down completely.

The care services and the schools ALL - without exception - come out of it very badly. The adoptive parents do not. They were saints. I'm quite sure that 99% of us could not have persevered for so many years and that not even 1% of us could have shown as much love as they did for Alex. Anyone who has read the whole book is welcome to disagree with this, if they wish.

Please do not make judgments (which is what a review is) when clearly you have either not read the book at all or dipped into it for just a few pages. I too had my doubts (and condemnations about the impatience of the adoptive mother) in the first half of the book but ended up totally horrified at what the "care" system did to both Alex and her heroic adoptive parents.
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