This book is written in such an honest & beautiful way. The characters seem real & you become more invested in their lives as the story goes on. You feel for Isabelle as she decides to be honest with people about her life & as she discovers the meaning of friendship. You feel for Amy in a totally different way, as she discovers her sexuality & all the mistakes she makes. I couldn't stop listening, but didn't want the story to end.
I debated for months about getting this book because of some of the reviews saying it portrayed prison life as "fun" - I couldn't disagree more. The author was very honest about being afraid of most everyone constantly, learning what could get you in trouble with other inmates, the lack of edible food (except what could be stolen from the kitchen & cooked in one communal microwave without getting caught), strip searches after every visitation, the lack of privacy & any comforts. Some things could be purchased from commissary for about 100 times the actual cost, if you had money. Working could pass the time at 14 cents/hour, otherwise there's no freedom to do anything. I can't imagine living that way for even a month.
The author was very honest about how she ended up in a federal prison & even if you don't think you could be lured into a situation like that, no one really knows, especially in your 20's, - and the fact that she was arrested 10 years later is very scary, after she got her life on track & thought she'd avoided any serious consequences for her poor decisions. I thought this book was very eye-opening about life in a federal prison. The excellent narration added to the experience.
I for one appreciate my life even more, just being able to go to the refrigerator any time I want to grab a snack, to shower when I want, dress in my own clean clothes, sleep in a bed between the sheets instead of on top of the sheet, and to watch TV whenever I want. Well worth the credit!
I'm so disappointed, maybe because I've always enjoyed this author's books, but not this one. Her voice is pretty annoying to listen to for more than just a few minutes at a time. I regret wasting a credit on this one.
I didn't find this book to be slow - I wanted to see where the story was going at each new event. I'm a John Lescroart fan & wasn't disappointed by this one. I didn't realize that this was an older book though - I thought it was a new release.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. Even though it was loosely based on Amanda Knox' story, this book focused more on the impact of the situation on the family and how we tend to judge people based on what we hear, whether it's true or not. The author's note at the end is important to listen to as well. The narrator provided excellent voices for each character & helped develop the story.
This book is beautifully written & totally captivating. I just loved it! It's so heartfelt. I didn't want to stop listening.
This was another book that took me awhile to get interested in. I really liked the story but the narrator took away from it for me. I feel like I missed something since so many people really loved this book & it was just a little better than average for me. It was a heartwarming story, but not my favorite.
I really wanted to like this book. It took me several tries, starting to listen to this book & abandoning it, to finally get interested enough to stay with it. I finally got far enough into it to get interested in the story & want to finish it. Narrator wasn't great - I think a better narrator would have helped. It was an OK story & I was rooting for the girls towards the end.
I like this author & I liked this book, unlike others who have written reviews. It was beautifully written & thought-provoking. What if you don't really like your identical twin, or approve of her life choices? The way this author writes maybe isn't for everyone, but I like her writing style.
Even though this was a wickedly funny book, it really hits home in a few places about how things that happen when you're growing up come back to affect you through out your life. I really enjoyed the story & all the characters.
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