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Another Forgotten Child by Cathy Glass tells the true story of a young girl who came into her home through the foster care system after “slipping through the net,” and suffering 8 years of unnecessary abuse and neglect at the hands of a drug-addicted mother who had already lost 5 older children to the care system. The story explains the horrific abuse suffered by Aimee prior to coming into care and takes us along her journey into her transition to a new life.
I chose to read this book because I think it is important for children like Aimee to have their stories told. I’ve previously read books about child abuse situations and they were written entirely from the perspective of the child (as an adult). This book gives the insight to foster care and child abuse from the foster care provider’s perspective. I feel that this perspective is a unique way to experience the chain of events that occurs as the child transitions from a very difficult life into learning how to be a child again and assimilate properly into “normal” society where they are a part of a healthy, safe environment.
The story started out a bit slow for me. However, as I read on, I found myself curious to see how Aimee adapted to her new life, and learn more about why she behaved the way she did. It was both heart-breaking and inspiring to know that this actually happened in real life. On one hand, you have Susan, a completely horrific and unfit mother. On another hand, you have Cathy, who opens up her home, her family, and her heart, to ultimately change the outcome of this little girl’s life forever.
This is the first of Glass’s books that I’ve read. The book is 309 pages and I read it in 3 days. The further into the story I got, the more I wanted to find out what would become of Aimee. I would probably read more of Glass’s books in this series.
I decided to give this book a rating of 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. While I enjoyed the story, I felt that there was some room for improvement:
I felt that the book was a little longer than necessary. There were moments where the writing style would flow nicely. In other parts of the book, it almost seemed to pause while the author explained herself to the reader. I felt that this narrative took away from the story that didn’t need as many explanations. I also noticed several spelling and grammar errors throughout the book. (For example, “percent” was written as “per cent.”) Finally, there were some phrases and terms I was not familiar with, as this book is set in English culture (and I’m American). (For example, biscuits meant cookies; boot meant trunk of a car). Nothing major. I could figure most of it out. (The culture differences did not impact my final rating.)
I just want to comment on the cover of this book. I think the cover gets 5 stars! Each book in this series features the face of a small child that fits the description of how one would picture that child to look. I believe that putting a face on a story like this reminds the reader of how young these children are to have experienced so much in their lifetime. I really like the modern font used on both sides as well as the clean, white background. The metallic, foil title really stands out nicely. Overall, it looks very well-thought-out.
I recommend this book to anyone eager to learn more about child abuse and the foster care system. Cathy’s experience did offer much insight into various aspects of both topics.
About the Author:
Cathy Glass has fostered and cared for over 100 children for over 25 years as a foster care provider. She has written several other books (true fostering stories, novels based on fostering stories, and self-help guides) that tell the stories of her experiences with other children.
Please visit Cathy’s website for more information about this book and other books.
Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Luxury Reading in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.