I just finished reading Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison, and I loved it. When I fist started reading it, I thought that the book wouldn't be my taste and I would get through it slowly, especially since it's about 300 pages, but it was definitely a page turner and I was interested. A lot goes on in it, but basically, it's about a girl named Bone's life, and how her mother marries a man who sexually and physically abuses Bone, but her mother just can't leave him. I loved it so much because there was such a strong sense of family and togetherness during times of hardship. It's one of those books that pull you into a different world when you read it--and THAT is strong writing. The end made me want to cry--I mean, I am a crybaby lol, but still--because of the severity of Bone and her stepfather's final encounter, the way her mother handled it, and the way Bone felt about it. Bone's mother loved her, but she also loved her husband, and although she was pissed at him for what he did to her daughter, she still comforted him when he cried to her and it almost seems as if she gave in to him, even after all he did. Bone's pain and feelings of betrayal when her mom wasn't by her side in the hospital really hit home.
I don't want to tell too much of the story though, haha. I don't get as much time to sit and read as I used to, but whenever I can, I do--I love reading. I was definitely feeling this one.