Sunday, October 29, 2017

A Pain Less Ordinary by L.V. Pires

Genre: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction
Source: I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

From Goodreads
Becca's life is anything but ordinary. 

At fifteen, she's already experienced her share of pain. With a mom who drinks too much, a revolving door of father figures, and struggles at school, Becca wonders if she'll ever have a chance at a normal life. The only thing that keeps her sane is her little sister, Chloe; that is, until her mother's breakdown leads to her sister's disappearance.

A PAIN LESS ORDINARY follows Becca as she figures out life on her own while searching for her family and her new role in the world. 

In this powerfully moving novel, L.V. Pires explores Becca's struggle with abandonment, drug abuse, homelessness, relationships, and how pain connects her to others.

My Thoughts

This is an amazing book.  I kept thinking that Becca could be any one of my students. The problem is I could name some of them who have been in a situation similar.  As I was reading this story I thought back to two years ago when a student came and talked with me. She was extremely depressed.  She lived with her aunt and her mom was trying to re-establish contact. She didn’t know how to feel about it. Her mom had been an alcoholic and a drug user.  She and her younger sister, who was two years old,  were always hungry. Her younger sister tried to open the open the oven door. The stove was propped up in the back and was unstable enough it fell on her crushing her. This young girl spoke of trying to lift the stove off of her sister. She spoke of trying to wake her drunk mother up and hearing her mother blame her.  I had not thought of that until I read this book. There are so many Becca’s out there. Their story is just as heart-wrenching.  Yet there is hope for them. Sometimes it comes from the unexpected.  In this review, I am not going to speak more about the book.  This was one of those that caused me to make a connection to real life. Enough said.  I would highly recommend this book and will purchase it for my shelves at school. Like I said, there are other Becca’s out there or people who know Becca’s and they need to read this story.

1 comment:

  1. Where have you been, Sandra? I haven’t seen a post for ages.