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not your ususal abuse literature,
This review is from: Blackbird: A Childhood Lost (Paperback)
Not your usual abuse-literature. This is about a childhood destroyed by 'normal' events like illness and family separation in the late 60s, early 70s. Not a tear-jerker but a an interesting perspective of what it's like to be a child and thus completely dependent on what adults around you decide to do with your life. This is underlined by the format of storytelling: the entire book is written from Jenny's perspective, we know about other characters only what she knows. This can be at times difficult because you really want to know what is happening and what motivates other characters to behave the way they do. But it helps you to empathize with Jenny even more as you have no adult rational ways of explaining events and actions. Having said that, it is often possible to guess what is happening and why people act they way they do. great read.