©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.
as an CASA advocate for children in the foster care system, I saw the foster care system through the eyes of this child when I read this book. it is totally necessary for all people to read this book and understand what can be going on in a foster home if someone like a volunteer advocate is not there for each child. even today child Advocates are necessary because our foster care system remains overwhelmed and understaffed. Believe her story even if what happens to the children in the story seem unbelievable . I have seen enough to know that it is true. please consider being a child advocate. you can make a difference in a child's life.
tiff n kimo
enjoyed the story. it's sad to hear what goes on but knowing it's true. being a resource parent I know some what of what the kids go through and the disappointment when parents don't show. it's real.
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