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59. Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott...

April 2, 2009
Oh. My. What a book this is. A horrifying, disturbing book. Even more horrifying? It happens. More than you can imagine. In more places than you could ever expect. And, as "Alice's" life lessons say:
  1. No one will see you.
  2. No one will say anything.
  3. No one will save you.
How horribly depressing.

But what a book! "Alice" tells her story in a deadened voice. Deadened from being kidnapped 5 years ago, at age 10. From the constant abuse - sexual, physical, emotional. From the starvation, so she doesn't physically mature. From the absolute hopelessness of her situation.

And then, suddenly, a slim ray of hope. For "Alice" anyway. For an end to her personal living hell.

I do not remember why I put Living Dead Girl on my library list, but I'm glad I did. Thank you to whichever blogger reviewed or recommended this. As difficult as the subject matter is, this book is not something easy to forget. Which should make us not want the three "life lessons" above, to be true. Which should make us be more vigilant. For ALL our children.

Title: Living Dead Girl
Author: Elizabeth Scott
ISBN-10: 1-416-96059-7
ISBN-13: 978-1-416-96059-1
Hardcover: 170 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse, 2008

14 comments:

katie said...

I was a little disturbed by this book but in the end I was glad that I read it. It is sad how honest it is...

bermudaonion said...

I've read great reviews of this one, but the cover alone creeps me out. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

relatedreading said...

This book broke my heart. Alice does sound dead on the inside, and that crept into me as I read her story. I felt like I was in a non-stop shudder throughout the whole book.

lilly said...

Wow! I can already tell that's some hard-core book. I am a mother of a nine-year-old girl and I already am paranoid, I don't think I'm ready for this one. And it's not because I'm in denial but because I already am so aware of all the dangers and so vigilant that I think I would become insomniac after this one.

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Mishel said...

Sounds terribly intense but I'd still really like to give a try (= Glad you enjoyed it.

kalea_kane said...

I have not read this book yet. I remember trying to win it, and I forgot to write it on my wish list and could not find it. YOU are literally my life saver, girl.

Dar said...

This is one of those examples of a book I've so far taken out from the library 3 times now and not read. I'll get there one of these days.

carolsnotebook said...

I agree with Lilly. I have a nine-year old daughter, also, and I don't know if I could read this one.

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

I don't know, drey... there's so much ugliness in the world. Is the squirm factor here really worth it??? (Yes, I do want an answer! Use my e-mail if you'd like)

drey said...

Y'all... There really is so much ugliness in this world. I think that we kinda get immune to its affects then, because we know it's out there, we know there's so much, and we hope and we pray that it never comes close to us or those we love. But, inversely, I think that makes us close our senses to that which horrifies us, and therefore we don't notice when the ones who need help, pass by.

So yeah, it's hard to read. But it forces you to open your eyes. To know how truly horrifying this can be for the victims. And maybe, with that knowledge in the backs of our minds, we can recognize a cry for help. And save an "Alice" some day.

♔ jessica.marie said...

If you liked this book, you should look into "Counterfeit Son" by Elaine Marie Alphin. It kind of has the same storyline, but with a voice from a kidnapped boy instead. The book is also classified as teen/young adult, so it may be a lighter read.

kalea_kane said...

Drey, I liked your point about a book like this allowing us to open our eyes. Very nice point.

Dixie said...

Thanks Drey-This one goes on my "must read" list

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