Sunday, August 3, 2008

Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons

I am always on the lookout for more books to read, particularly at an unbeatable price and in good condition. A while back, I was out yard-saling with a friend and she recommended this book to me. Since it was only a quarter, I could not pass it up.

The story is one with a beginning to remember . . . "When I was little I would think of ways to kill my daddy. I would figure out this or that way and run it down through my head until it got easy." Wow!! Yikes!! What kind of life had this girl had that she was thinking about things like this at her age? And, that is just what this story tells . . . the story of Ellen Foster, a fictional character that could be very real, one filled with determination, a bit of humor, and most importantly, resilience.

As for my opinion of the book . . . I'm glad I only paid a quarter!! I enjoyed the story itself, the character development was good, but the writing style just could not get me interested. I wanted to know what happened to this girl and the others in her life, so I continued to read through it. Thankfully, it was only 126 pages long. I oftentimes felt that I had to finish it, not that I wanted to finish it. All in all, there are many a book out there with the same subject, some fiction and others non-fiction, that I would recommend over this book. This one was just simply okay!

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