I usually really enjoy reading books like this. I like books that make me sad, that can pull all the emotion out of me and just make me feel really shit for having a good childhood. No one has it easy, but then again no child should ever be treated like they don't mean anything.
I was pulled in by this book from the very beginning, and I've read a lot of child abuse/neglect stories, because I like the psychology behind it, how someone who's had a shit start to life can make something better for themselves, it's a good lesson to show people. But this book just didn't bring out any emotions in me, of course it's an incredibly sad story, but I think the writing was just too simplistic and plain, it didn't make me feel what I should have been feeling, reading an emotional story like this one. It was a little disappointing, but nevertheless a powerful read all together.
It lacked the emotive language that would naturally make a reader feel empathy, it didn't bring about any tears in me and it was just a bit monotonous, this book has the power to really pull people in to the depths of heartbreak and pain, if the language used had more emotion in it. It's a shame because there's so much potential. Other than the writing, the story was truly sad and if executed better, it would have been completely and utterly heartbreaking.
I love the lesson these books give people, it's like they're saying "Look, I've had a shit time too, but look at me now, I'm happy, I'm successful and I've moved on from the past." I think there are a lot of people around who need to realise that the past is the past no matter what happened and you can move forward and make a better life for yourself.
What a great life lesson.