Reading about Sophie’s transition from a vulnerable 12-year-old into “Stone Girl” tore my heart apart. Details such as how Sophie’s attitude to her first social worker evolved from desperately seeking attention to “I don’t care” felt absolutely authentic. Only someone who has experienced foster care could show the impact of this trauma with such insight.
This isn’t a pretty story, but it is beautifully told—poignant and all the more tragic for its grounding in truth. It is a story about foster children crying out for love and stability, about children clinging to each other when all the adults in their lives have betrayed them. One of the most intense scenes in the book is between Sophie and her first boyfriend, Spiral, and how he expresses his love for her.
In some ways, this is a cautionary tale about drugs and alcohol, but that’s not the main point. The central theme is the broken foster care system and the damage it does to those in its care. It also gives hope that some can, and do, make a life for themselves. It is inspirational that Sophie, and more so, Eleni, made it out to tell the tale.
This is a tough read, but truly moving and worth the pain. I can’t wait to see what Eleni does next.
- Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Penguin; 1 edition (30 April 2018)
- ISBN-10: 0143785613
- ISBN-13: 978-0143785613
- Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.4 x 19.7 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 259 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)