Bad Girls Club
Summary (from the inside cover of the book): Destiny has a secret. She's been told not to tell anyone what happened to her, her mom, and her little sister at Crater Lake. She also can't tell anyone that sometimes her sister is covered in bruises. Her friends all want her to report her parents, but Destiny won't tell the school counselor. If she does, it could cost her little sister's life or possibly her own. When the secret becomes too much to carry and the truth she knows becomes a lie, Destiny has to make a decision. Will she find the strength to speak the truth or will she drown in the lies? Will she discover her own worth and the voice she needs to cry it out, or will she remain what her mother has always called her - a bad girl?
Review: One word. Wow. I could stop there and be done. And wouldn't you all just hate me? But, since I'm nice, I won't stop there.
To be honest, though, I'm not one hundred percent sure what to say about this one, other than READ IT!! It isn't an easy book to read, not because of the way it's written, because it's very, very well written, but because it's at times shocking how deeply attached Destiny is to her mother. A time or two I thought that it wasn't completely realistic, but that could easily be because I just can't imagine that this is the reality for some people. My only complaint would be that she sometimes used capitals in dialogue, which I'm not a fan of in books, but that's a personal oddity of mine and didn't detract from the book.
Conclusion: Bad Girls Club is at times a shocking read, sometimes it catches you right in the stomach, sometimes you even want to put it down because it's so much, but you can't because of how well it's written, and the characters are so developed and intense that you just can't stop reading.
As a side note, at the back of the book Ms. Gregerson has a list of websites for more information about dealing with abuse and the effects of it, and you can find them at her website http://www.judygregerson.com/
*Reprinted with author's permission from http://lainahastoomuchsparetime.blogspot.com/
Destiny is a bad girl.
Or so her mother has always told her. After a terrifying day at Crater Lake, Destiny has been told over and over again that shes a bad girl. Destiny is determined to keep what happened that fateful day a secret, convinced that if anyone ever finds out, it will destroy her family and her very life. And since she is a bad girl, it will also be Destinys fault.
Now, almost four years later, Destiny has become responsible of taking care of her little sister Cassidy and her mentally ill mother. The memory of Crater Lake haunts her like a bad nightmare, and she is convinced that she is the only one who can keep her family from falling apart. Its her job to make sure everyone stays happy and healthy, and survives the latest of her mothers episodes.
As Destiny fights to keep everyone together, she fails to notice the impact her new role is having on her. She pushes away all her friends, and constantly sees a darkness stalking her mother. Cassidy stops talking to anyone but Destiny and her new invisible friend. Destinys father refuses to face the facts, convinced that his wife only needs a little bit of therapy and relaxation to return to normal. As her mother slips farther and farther away, Destiny finally realizes that its time to face the truth. But can she get her little sister out before its too late?
Filled with dark and haunting images, Bad Girls Club offers a realistic look into a family affected with mental illness. Readers follow Destiny through the entire ordeal, experiencing the madness right alongside her. By turns both enlightening and heartbreaking, Destinys story is one that will stick with you long after you have finished reading.
Recommended for ages 14 and up, and especially to those who want a glimpse into what life is like when living with an mentally ill family member.
Haunting and heartbreaking, this story will stay with the reader long after the last page. Destinys pain and conflict will resonate with teens that have either experienced living with a mentally ill parent or know a friend who has.
Raw and told with honesty, Judy Gregerson lets us inside the mind of a teen who longs for acceptance and love from her mother, even if it means she must sacrifice herself. Destiny struggles are real and her final act is both powerful and strong.
Id recommend this book to anyone who wants a truthful account of what its like to live with a mentally ill loved one.