This is not my usual read. I found it a bit too raunchy than necessary and was not completely satisfied with how everything turned out. I am still thinking what about the description got my attention, or was it simply the title?
Nevertheless, there is still a lot to take away from the book. My personal favorite is how the book shows that our past may affect our present and/or future but it does not have the power to fully shape it. From Aiyana to Eli, it was evident how change can still happen even if you are from dire situations.
My main reservation with the book was with Cora, the main female protagonist. But it may be a case of, as Cora puts it, "I haven't experienced anything like what you have, which is why I hesitate to offer any advice. I don't appreciate it when people tell me what I should do or how I should feel about certain things when they've never been in the same situation."
Then, just to share some of the quotes I liked in the book:
Creative endeavors are one of the best tools we have to ease the pain and anger that's inside many of them
It's the same with regular parents. All kids should be grateful and aware of their parent's sacrifice.
It's important to know when fear's doing the talking – to keep things straight in your head.
At least, it had a happy ending.