Author: Erica Lorraine Scheidt
Oh, Anna. She's lonely, insecure and broken. And this whole novel charts her journey towards finding who she really is and can be, and it couldn't have been a more beautiful metamorphosis!
In a single parent family, Anna craves for love and attention from her mother-- a woman who does not believe in love. The generations of women in their family have always been abandoned by men and this scars both mother and daughter. Anna's mother deals with it by constantly using men for her own means, always moving from one to another. Neglected, Anna learns and starts making boys her family.
And the most unexpected thing was, I had never imagined myself being able to empathise with Anna, but I could. My mother is honestly my best friend and I love her so much that if I was Anna, I wouldn't know how to function emotionally. Perhaps, that was why I rooted for Anna all the way, wanting her to find the capacity in herself to love and the courage to be someone different from her mother and grandma.
Reading this novel was like reading poetry, it was simple yet moving. And ultimately, when Anna finally found the strength within herself to leave her mother's life in the dust, I felt triumphant for her.
And this novel deserves to be recognized, for it peeled back the prejudice and ignorance that we had when looking at those girls whom we labelled as "sluts", and made us understand what they need were not catcalls or hurtful nicknames, but compassion and love.
Source: From the publisher for review purposes