I love strong women. Women who have shit thrown at them all together and come out stronger because of it. They are independent and successful, pretty and smart. I loved Beth. ‘Love me Back’ is a story of tough ordeals and faith. A young girl with a history of abuse and violence turns to drugs and nights of endless parties… she decides to snap out of it too.
The easiest way to get past a problem is avoidance. Very very few people actually deal with their fears head on. Beth goes to a counsellor, she talks to a friend, she works herself hard… she is an example of an unknown statistic who makes it right. She is the survivor from the percentage that survives. She is the successful outcome.
Having said that, I believe that no one should have to put up with abuse. The whole point of the novel made me feel terrible about the kind of world we live in; where helpless women and children (sometimes even men) are expected to deal with pain and suffering when it’s no fault of theirs… where mothers don’t protect their daughters and they are left to fend for themselves. People who run over pets SHOULD BE PROSECUTED. Period.
Lastly, there are three reasons why you must pick this book up… the friendship between Cindy and Beth is heart-warming. The music throughout the book on Beth’s radio is amazing! All brilliant tracks to listen to… even if you get little else from the book. And, the style of writing of Cheryl A. Baisden is simple and heartfelt 🙂
Quote: “They walked over to the dart throw. Beth paid a quarter and was handed five darts. “You had to break all five to get the biggest prize. Throwing her first dart, she hit a red balloon. Throwing her second dart, she hit a green balloon. The third and fourth darts she missed, the fifth she hit a yellow balloon. She picked out a small prize of mirrored glass with a beautiful rose engraved in the glass, painted in bright reds and greens with doves sketched in white flying above the rose.”
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