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{Read Book} » Living Dead Girl Ø Once upon a time, I was a little girl who disappeared Once upon a time, my name was not Alice Once upon a time, I didn t know how lucky I was When Alice was ten, Ray took her away from her family, her friends her life She learned to give up all power, to endure all pain She waited for the nightmare to be over Now Alice is fifteen and Ray still has her, but he speaks and of her death He does not know it is what she longs for She does not know he has something terrifying than death in mind for her This is Alice s story It is one you have never heard, and one you will never, ever forget Jinlar bazmi, yoxud katta oyin I was a little girl who disappeared Once upon a time Hand Lettering Workbook: A Premium Beginner’s Practice Hand Lettering Book & Introduction to Lettering & Modern Calligraphy my name was not Alice Once upon a time Whiteman I didn t know how lucky I was When Alice was ten شاهنامه فردوسی از دستنویس موزه فلورانس Ray took her away from her family Ludicrous Laws and Mindless Misdemeanors her friends her life She learned to give up all power The Cult Files to endure all pain She waited for the nightmare to be over Now Alice is fifteen and Ray still has her Let the Devil Speak but he speaks and of her death He does not know it is what she longs for She does not know he has something terrifying than death in mind for her This is Alice s story It is one you have never heard Love (Naughty Princess, and one you will never The X-Cure ever forget Find all of my reviews atI decide everything Remember that God and monster all in one, and mine to worship First of all Well, minus the crying This was rough, but it takesthan a brutal storyline to get me to squirt some tearsspecifically, my period Living Dead Girl is about here I ll just let the book tell youOnce upon a time, I did not live in Shady Pines Once upon a time, my name was not Alice Once upon aFind all of my reviews atI decide everything Remember that God and monster all in one, and mine to worship First of all Well, minus the crying This was rough, but it takesthan a brutal storyline to get me to squirt some tearsspecifically, my period Living Dead Girl is about here I ll just let the book tell youOnce upon a time, I did not live in Shady Pines Once upon a time, my name was not Alice Once upon a time, I didn t know how lucky I wasWhen Alice was 10 years old, her class took a field trip to the local aquarium Alice got separated from everyone after being disappointed in the lack of dolphins and opting to go see the penguins on her own It was there that she met a gentlemen who informed her that her class was now watching a movie and he would show her to the theater Five years have passed since that day Five years since Alice has seen her mother and father Five years since she last saw her house at 623 Daisy Lane Five years of living with RayYou can get used to anything You think you can t, you want to die, but you don t You won t You just areI had never even heard of this book until over the weekend and I ll be damned if I can remember what if you liked this, you should try THIS list it popped up on over at the Faceplace, but I am completely blown away I haven t seen it over and over again on the Banned Books Week suggestions To whoever decided to market this as a Young Adult selection, I give you mad props because you must have balls the size of watermelons I can only assume the pitch was something of a think of this like a modernized after school special Living Dead Girl is definitely a story each parent will have to decide for themselves if they think their child should read and I encourage parents to read this first before allowing your kid to check it out While there are not necessarily specific details given regarding the abuse Alice suffers, that does not make the story less graphic and two and two is easily put together regarding all of the goings on As the story progresses there s a solid chance questions will arise about some of Alice s behaviors and what she is willing to do in order to no longer be the focus of Ray s attention Not to mention that, much like in real life, a tale like this cannot have a happy ending Assuming my children would actually read on their own voluntarily, I would probably attempt to keep this one off their TBR until high school Highly recommended to anyone who thinks they can handle it and zero judgment for anyone who knows they can t I probably would have liked this bookif i were a teenager or a pedophile I mostly just read this for science it came up in my collection development class when we were talking about challenged books that doesn t mean that they are handicapped, but that they have been rarrred at by angry parents and other scared concerned types , but when i heard what it was about i pretty much had to read it to see how an author handled this situation, because it seemed rough stuff for teen fiction t I probably would have liked this bookif i were a teenager or a pedophile I mostly just read this for science it came up in my collection development class when we were talking about challenged books that doesn t mean that they are handicapped, but that they have been rarrred at by angry parents and other scared concerned types , but when i heard what it was about i pretty much had to read it to see how an author handled this situation, because it seemed rough stuff for teen fiction the basic premise although i hate doing plot summaries is that alice the first person narrator is kidnapped when she is ten and physically and sexually abused for 5 years, but when she starts to develop physically beyond her captor s personal preference, he enlists her help in selecting her own replacement so ew and i don t know anything about psychology, child or otherwise, so i don t know the terminology, but she just completely shuts down, emotionally, into a not quite stockholm syndrome she doesn t align herself with him for anything but self preservation, but she has just given up fighting and does what he wants, because he has made threats about hurting her family etc so she has all this freedom to leave the house and go to the park to find this new child for him, but she can t do anything to save herself, which is very frustrating for the reader.The author gets 5 stars for balls for tackling the subject matter to begin with and for the ending which i m sure had some people up in startled emotional flight mode.and as a cautionary tale, it should also get 5 stars, although a teen audience is a little old for the caution, and any younger readers would be traumatized beyond therapy do not give this book to your 8 year old just tell them to stay away from unmarked vans i just personally didn t connect to it the subject matter is horrifying, but in the abstract, and this character s shutdown response didn t make me want to save her so much as walk in, splash some water on her and say snap out of it when i was little, these were my literary kidnapping equivalents and they were waygentle in terms of what the girls went through, wayyyy fewer forced blowjobs, but it gave me a total sense of confidence if i got my ass kidnapped, i could get out of it with my cleverness i used to dream about being kidnapped, and the ways i would elude my tormentors it s probably a really good thing i was never actually kidnapped, because this here book is probably closer to the reality feisty kids don t always win, but this might have made me a littleof a shut in, and may have ruined my devil may care years, so i would have lost some good adventure stories i didn t personally love this book, but there s no reason it shouldn t be in a library libraries are full of books you don t like this one, don t write an angry letter, just go read another one hell, i m about to.come to my blog Is it possible to write a story about a child being imprisoned and make it gut wrenching and relevant After the disappointment of various different books I ve read recently involving kidnapping and child endangerment, I wasn t sure, particularly when it comes to the YA genre But after reading Living Dead Girl, I have my answer it s yes Resoundingly, unequivocally, yes.15 year old Alice has lived with Ray since she was 10 Kidnapped from a school field trip and taken to Shady Pines Apartmen Is it possible to write a story about a child being imprisoned and make it gut wrenching and relevant After the disappointment of various different books I ve read recently involving kidnapping and child endangerment, I wasn t sure, particularly when it comes to the YA genre But after reading Living Dead Girl, I have my answer it s yes Resoundingly, unequivocally, yes.15 year old Alice has lived with Ray since she was 10 Kidnapped from a school field trip and taken to Shady Pines Apartments, she lives among ordinary people who don t really see her or don t really want to Every day Ray cuddles her on his lap and forces her to submit to him, punishing her with his fists and his words if she does anything to displease him Her attempts to defy him including one botched escape are met with out of control violence until her resistance is completely beaten down This is not an easy book to read While it is not explicit, the terrible things that Alice is subjected to are not glossed over I ve seen some criticisms that the book goes overboard in describing what she is forced to do, but I disagree The reality is that there are children out there who have been and no doubt currently are subjected to this kind of torture, and the description and repetition of these acts helps us to understand in some small way what victims have to go through I never thought the descriptions crossed the line in terms of tastelessness or exploitation.The author does an incredible job of describing Alice s terror and confusion, as well as her eventual numbness There are many details worked into the story that have a ring of truth, including the dull repetition of her days watching tv, the anxiety when Ray comes home, the punishments meted out for small infractions, the attempts to keep her small and childlike, Alice s lank appearance and poor circulation from lack of nutrition, etc Most importantly, the author touches on the way abuse tends to perpetrateabuse and the awful resignation that Alice begins to feel to her plight I don t understand why my shell keeps living Breathing Why won t it listen to me, to the little part I have that isn t Ray, to that tiny once upon a time girl who just wants to close her eyes and never wake up again There were so many details that made me hurt with empathy for Alice, not only in relation to her sexual abuse, but also in relation to the way Ray starves her as a means to control her and to keep her from growing up The descriptions of her sharp hunger after days of eating practically nothing were heart wrenching Alice describes tasting a sandwich withnot one, but two slices ofsalty cheese and slippery ham and cottony bread, so light in my mouth I could eat these forever, until the world ended and beyondI have a great deal of admiration for the author for writing about this subject with such restraint and sympathy This isn t a perfect book I thought the once upon a time device was repetitious and not entirely successful but it is a searingly memorable one that handles a difficult subject with great skill I don t feel that serious books that are primarily about kidnapping and imprisonment are enjoyable for the sake of pure entertainment, and that s the primary objection I have to the fictional books I ve previously read that deal with this subject I go into thisin my review of the disappointing and much lauded Room, but suffice to say that what I hope to gain from reading about such unhappy subjects are some degree of insight into both the victim s suffering and the perpetrator s motivation as well as a great deal of empathy I got both in spades with Living Dead Girl.Recommended for adults or mature teens only Well, the book leaves scars I can definitely tell you that much I didn t know quite what to expect from this book, all I d heard about it previously was that it s a story about abuse and a very short read 170 pages, large writing in my edition I d heard reviewers describe it as disturbing , but I didn t dwell on that too much, I assumed that when you ve read a couple of Stephen King s books namely It, Misery, etc you d pretty much got your heard around disturbing.I was wrong The a Well, the book leaves scars I can definitely tell you that much I didn t know quite what to expect from this book, all I d heard about it previously was that it s a story about abuse and a very short read 170 pages, large writing in my edition I d heard reviewers describe it as disturbing , but I didn t dwell on that too much, I assumed that when you ve read a couple of Stephen King s books namely It, Misery, etc you d pretty much got your heard around disturbing.I was wrong The author draws you in with her unique and just plain strange writing style, despite being weird it s also very effective It takes us deep inside the mind of a person who has not only suffered extreme physical and sexual abuse though there s been plenty of that but has also been so psychologically damaged that her hope is only for death to come swiftly, she is so desperate that she is even willing to sacrifice a young girl to make her suffering end And, awful as that is, I couldn t hate her for it.I ve read a number of books where the first person narrative is by someone mentally damaged some work e.g The Bell Jar , most do not Scott s not only worked, but affected me deeply I could also see how Ray s past experiences of abuse and a loveless childhood had made him the monster he was, he was never meant to be redeemed, but perhaps understood to some extent The entire story was very fast, very horrifying and completely unforgettable My first thoughts when I put it down were I have to get someone else to read this now , despite it not being something I d normally go about recommending to friends with a casual enjoy thrown in.It s labelled a young adult novel, god knows why but it is This book would have given me nightmares a few years ago and it may well give me nightmares tonight I don t think for one second that this is particularly a children teenage story, in fact it s debatable as to whether or not it s actually suitable for them at all The writing itself is neither simplistic or teen child oriented, but deep and complex.I certainly won t forget this book, whether or not that s a good thing though, remains undecided