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dimanche 27 avril 2014

Throwaway Girl de Kristine Scarrow



Author: Kristine Scarrow
Publisher: Dundurn
Pages: 184 pages
Publishing date: 29th September 2014
Genre: YA

Summary:

Andy Burton knows a thing or two about survival. Since she was removed from her mother's home and placed in foster care when she was nine, she's had to deal with abuse, hunger, and homelessness. But now that she's eighteen, she's about to leave Haywood House, the group home for girls where she's lived for the past four years, and the closest thing to a real home she's ever known. Will Andy be able to carve out a better life for herself and find the happiness she is searching for?

Review:

When I started reading this book, I expected a hard and emotional story. Indeed, the least you could say is that Andy (who was born Bernice) did not have an easy start in life. Unknown father, poverty, abuse, hunger, drugs, alcohol, foster care, self-injury, loss… not the life one would dream of! I was curious to learn whether Andy would manage to find her way towards happiness despite of all the trauma she went through. In the end, I must admit I was positively surprised. There are obviously several tough moments that gave me the chills in the story but Andy shows us all a lesson on how to keep faith and hope no matter what!

The book alternates between chapters in Andy’s past and with her present self. I found this truly captivating, allowing you to learn Andy’s past bits by bits. This also helped understand some of Andy’s current fears now that she’s coming of age and will have to leave Haywood House.

                “Today is my eighteenth birthday. It’s hard to imagine that I’m supposed to be an adult now. I feel so conflicted about age. It feels like I’ve had to be an adult for so long and yet it also feels like I never really got to be a kid.”

Reading “Throwaway Girl” was enjoyable, I really appreciated Andy’s character, who never gives up despite of all she goes through. She keeps fighting for her life when others would have lost hope. The author’s writing was genuine and pleasant, giving me the impression that I really was living the story myself and seeing it from my own eyes. I felt the urge of protecting Andy as if she was my little sister.

This book could have been my favourite, but I have to admit that even though I really enjoyed it, it would have been even better if the author had developed some parts a bit more. The book is quite short so she really could have gone deeper in some instances. This is why I only gave 4.5 out of 5 stars.

“We are ‘Throwaway girls,’ kids that are too old to be cute and cuddled, too set in our ways, and too old to be saved because the damage has already been done. But to each other, we’re sponges, soaking up every bit of love and praise we can find. We’re warriors of our pasts, searching for the part of ourselves that wants to grow into something more than we’ve been told we’ll ever be. We long to be accepted and loved so we create the only family we’ve got.”




En Français :




Lorsque j’ai entamé ma lecture de Throwaway Girl, je m’attendais à une histoire difficile et émouvante. En effet, le moins qu’on puisse dire est que Andy (autrefois appelée Bernice) n’a pas eu une enfance facile. Père inconnu, pauvreté, mauvais traitements, faim, drogue, alcool, placement en famille d’accueil puis en foyer, automutilation, décès... pas vraiment ce qu’on peut appeler une vie de rêve ! J’étais curieuse de savoir si Andy parviendrait à trouver le chemin du bonheur en dépit de tous les traumatismes qu’elle a traversés. En fin de compte, je dois admettre que j’ai été agréablement surprise. Il y a évidemment plusieurs moments difficiles qui m’ont donné la chair de poule, mais Andy nous montre à tous une belle leçon en gardant espoir quoi qu’il arrive !

Le livre alterne entre chapitres dans le passé de Andy et chapitres dans l’instant présent. J’ai trouvé ce schéma vraiment captivant, me permettant petit à petit d’en apprendre davantage sur le passé de Andy. Cela m’a également aidée à mieux comprendre certaines de ses craintes actuelles, maintenant qu’elle a atteint la majorité et va prochainement devoir quitter le foyer Haywood.

                “Today is my eighteenth birthday. It’s hard to imagine that I’m supposed to be an adult now. I feel so conflicted about age. It feels like I’ve had to be an adult for so long and yet it also feels like I never really got to be a kid.”

J’ai beaucoup aimé ma lecture de « Throwaway Girl », et ai vraiment apprécié le personnage de Andy, qui n’abandonne jamais malgré toutes les épreuves qu’elle traverse. Elle continue à se battre pour survivre là où d’autres auraient perdu espoir et baissé les bras. La plume de l’auteur est authentique et agréable, me donnant l’impression que je vivais véritablement l’histoire moi-même et que je la voyais de mes propres yeux. J’ai ressenti une énorme envie de protéger Andy comme si elle était ma propre petite sœur.

Ce livre aurait pu être un coup de cœur, mais je dois quand même reconnaître que même si je l’ai vraiment apprécié, il aurait été encore plus abouti si l’auteur avait davantage développé certains passages du récit. Le livre est assez court et aurait donc bénéficié de plus de profondeur dans le traitement de certaines scènes. C’est pourquoi je lui accorde une note de 4,5 sur 5.

“We are ‘Throwaway girls,’ kids that are too old to be cute and cuddled, too set in our ways, and too old to be saved because the damage has already been done. But to each other, we’re sponges, soaking up every bit of love and praise we can find. We’re warriors of our pasts, searching for the part of ourselves that wants to grow into something more than we’ve been told we’ll ever be. We long to be accepted and loved so we create the only family we’ve got.”
 

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