Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Baby Blue, by Michelle D. Kwasney

13-year-old Blue is struggling to keep her family together (or rather, what remains of it). Since her father drowned and her mother remarried to the abusive Lyle and her older sister Star has run away, this is a pretty big undertaking! If only she could convince her mother to stand up for herself!

This is pretty much a by-the-numbers abuse story. We get a series of abusive episodes that escalate and esclate, but also the predictable resolution and starting over again. It's an OK story and well-written, but no earth-shattering revelations or novelty.

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