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Twenty-one-year-old Beth is in prison. The thing she did is so bad, she doesn't deserve to ever feel good again. But her counsellor, Erika, won't give up on her. She asks Beth to make a list of all the good things in her life.

So Beth starts to write down her story, from sharing silences with Foster Dad No. 1 to flirting in the Odeon on Orange Wednesdays to the very first time she sniffed her baby's head. But at the end of her story, Beth must confront the bad thing. What is the truth hiding behind her crime? And does anyone - even a 100 percent bad person - deserve a chance to be good?

©2017 Clare Fisher (P)2017 Penguin Books Ltd.

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  • Rory
  • 30-03-2018

Extremely Boring

I hated it. Slow, dull, boring, repetitive. Supposed to be a big reveal with the misery "bad thing" at the end, but it's obvious what it is. No surprise. No mystery.

Dull story. Incredibly drawn out and badly written.

Would never recommend it.

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  • Sue
  • 30-05-2018

Not the happiest story I have ever read, but well written and believable.

Bethany is in prison for having done a bad thing, and this book is both her exploration of what she did, which she can’t bring herself to name until the last chapter, and the story of her life which explains why she did it. It is a very cleverly constructed account of a Looked After Child’s life with large numbers of foster parents, and community support which means well, but ultimately lets her down time after time. The book ends on a happier note, and we have to hope that Bethany’s life will continue to improve. I can’t say I enjoyed this memoir of misery, but it is well written, and shows how having the best of intentions is not enough if you don’t have support to fulfill them.

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  • Kathleen
  • 25-04-2018

Not for me

Easy to listen to and very insightful in places however seemed to me lacking in others. Overall I struggled to really get inside the head of the character.

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  • Lucy Armstrong
  • 18-03-2018

A pleasant surprise

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What a totally unexpected pleasure. A really interesting exploration of one woman's life and how perhaps we are destined to repeated mistakes. At first I had no idea where the story was going. It didn't seem to have a point. Then slowly it unfolds. Beautiful book. I loved it. I cannot recommend it enough.

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  • Karla
  • 12-03-2018

Wonderful

Unexpectedly, one of the most unique and beautifully touching stories I’ve heard. I finished this in one day, I couldn’t stop listening!

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  • Paul Seddon
  • 02-08-2017

Great Debut

A story that draws you in with very believable characters.
Narrator is excellent and her voice fits the various people well.
Loved the chapter titles - draws you into the story.

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  • Helen
  • 11-06-2017

Outstanding

I have read /listened to hundreds of books but never have I been as moved as I was by this one.

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  • Jules
  • 20-05-2018

A Beautiful Book

This book should be required reading to remind those who judge others on sight and find them wanting that we can only do our best with the resources we have available to us at that time. Sometimes life is really hard.

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