Sexual abuse, date rape, loverboys (though I hate that word, let’s just call them pimps), human trafficking. Sometimes I think it gets worse and worse. That’s my negative streak shining through.
I know we’re doing better, at least on some fronts, and most of mentioned topics are now no longer in the Harry Potter concept of ‘topics-that-shall-not-be-mentioned’. That is something.
In my years as a social service manager, I saw too many girls (and boys, though less) lose their inner sparkle, their spirit. Broken, because of what they had gone through and we were too late. Too late to recognize the signs, too late because it happened completely unexpected, too late because our legal system was too slow to get them back in time.
The ones that seem to hold on, are made out of glass. Touch them in the wrong way or the wrong time, and they break. They are, for lack of a better word, fragile. When I came across The Glass Heart Girl, I had to take a deep breath. Normally I don’t read these books, too depressing. Professionally is one thing, but because I had to deal with these topics on a regular basis, I chose books that were something else entirely.
However, The Glass Heart Girl is a book about hope, choices, chances and taking those chances. It is the follow up of Dangerous Calculations by Michelle Diana Lowe, but although it gives you a lot of insight into the lead character’s past, you can read The Glass Heart Girl as a stand-alone.
Fair warning, the book has a strong sensual, sexual vibe. Not uncommon, as it is written from the lead character’s point of view and there is a certain kind of slang between her and her best friend, which takes a bit getting used to. But just like you don’t even notice Hagrid’s accent in the Harry Potter books after a few pages, you’ll forget it in The Glass Heart Girl.
Her book is up for a possible publishing deal with Britain’s Next Best Seller and I really hope she gets it. I think a lot of people would benefit from reading this book. Victims, social workers, but also anyone else who wants to know a bit more about what goes on inside the mind of a girl who’s trying to take her life back.
If you’re interested, you can pre-order your copy here. You will only be charged if her deal goes through, which I certainly hope it will, but take it from me; it’s worth your money.