Mud Girl by Alison Acheson

() This book starts off a bit tedious with boring trivial issues that bring no interest or attention from the reader. It took me a while to get much farther, but a little past halfway in is when you start to notice to metamorphosis of the main character. The protagonist lives in a very broken home where her resources come solely from handouts. She stumbles into a detrimental relationship where she learns the need to establish her own self-importance. She gains her independence just in time to not mistakenly lose her virginity. Although this relationship rots, she remains close with his family who is composed of a dying grandmother and a very young toddler – supposedly “her boy’s” son. She also learns the dramatic and embarrassing past of her father through one of his old acquaintances. The book ends up with the girl ultimately finding herself, new friends, and a more suitable home for both her and the toddler [among other things]. It’s a pure-hearted story that will resonate with almost anyone. It doubly emphasizes the importance of asking for help, speaking out, trying, and caring.

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