©2008 Ashley Rhodes-Courter; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
What a bright young girl who was passed from foster home to foster home and happened to be a gifted writer and grow up to tell it all.
If you ever wanted to be in the heart and mind of a child living a life very different from the norm, Ashley provides an articulate recounting. From her early days with her troubled mother to all the stops along the way to adulthood and a family who (finally!) loves her and adopts her, this story is irresistible.
The voice of the young narrator is perfect -- you feel as if Ashley is sitting next to you, wistfully sharing the truths and realities of her unbelievable life.
As a social worker this audio book really hit home. Our children are our future and they sometimes need to be protected. If we are their protectors then we need to make sure that we are doing our job. Ashley is a remarkable young woman and is a reminder of when systems go wrong there ARE people affected. Her, her birth family, her adoptive family and the many of thousands of children in foster care.
Tired teacher. That is, REtired teacher.
This is just one of those stories that breaks your heart, but then puts it back together when you realize that this kid, with every imaginable strike against her, has made something of her life. She is an excellent writer, and although she likely had a ghost writer, I would not be surprised to learn that she did the whole thing on her own. That is the kind of person she is.
Having an adopted daughter who went through a lot of trauma in the foster care system, and having a lot of residual problems because of everything that went on in her young life and with her adoptive parents, this story really struck close to home. So many times I found myself thinking, "Yup, been there done that," "Oh yeh, I sure know how THAT feels," "Uh-huh, you did the right thing," and on and on. I am so happy for Ashley and admire her strength so much. Not being a professional narrator, she did an admirable job of telling her story.
This was heart wrenching at times. It is hard to believe that in this country we can't seem to do more to keep our children from such horrific treatment. The author seemed to keep herself together despite the poor care, disappointments, etc.
A must read for anyone working with or interested in the foster care system. Very hard on the heart at times, but impossible to put down. A true account from the perspective of the child in the system. I highly recommend especially to case managers, social workers, and foster families.
I had to read this book for a school paper so it wasn't quite as an exciting or enjoyable experience for me, but with that said, I still enjoyed it and took quite a bit away from it. Ms. Rhodes-Courter is an exceptional writer and speaker for not being a writer by profession and tells her story with great care and detail. Overall, I recommend this memoir to anyone who is interested in adoption, foster care, or the various topics surrounding such issues as well as anyone who is simply interested in a good book with superb narration.
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