Mary would like to take her SATs and go to college. She has just discovered she's pregnant, and even though everyone around her doesn't want her to keep the baby, she wants to raise it with Ted, even if they have to run away together. She has a strained relationship with her mother, who only visits the group home every other weekend. Momma's remarried now, to a rich man, but Mary hardly has enough money for soap some weeks. The other girls steal her things. Sometimes they hurt each other. Mary can't escape the crime she was arrested for when she was nine. She killed a baby. Allegedly.
There is some serious misery in Mary's life, but the plot keeps readers turning pages. As more information about that night is revealed, readers get closer and closer to knowing what really happened in the past, while Mary is trying to construct a future. There are some powerfully painful scenes, like Mary's conversation with the baby's mother, her own mother's manipulations, and the group therapist who doesn't have any real connection to what the girls' lives have been like. I don't want to say anything about the ending, but when you finish, you will definitely want to talk about it.
This book includes mature content.
"I know crazy. I've lived with it for a long time. But none of these girls are crazy. They're just stupid. They made stupid decisions for stupid reasons. I guess you could say I'm stupid too."
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