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One for the Murphys

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10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

This is a touching account of a girl named Carley Conners who fi

This is a touching account of a girl named Carley Conners who finds herself in a foster home full of Murphys. The Murphys are good people, willing to let Carley into their hearts and home, but Carley isn't used to that concept. As the story unfolds, you begin to underst...
This is a touching account of a girl named Carley Conners who finds herself in a foster home full of Murphys. The Murphys are good people, willing to let Carley into their hearts and home, but Carley isn't used to that concept. As the story unfolds, you begin to understand how a girl could feel she somehow doesn't deserve a stable place with people who love her. There are revelations that are truly surprising, and took my breath away. Lynda Mullaly Hunt's writing is spot on- you feel like you are in Carley's head, navigating these uncharted waters right along with her. If you think you know how a book like this might end, you probably don't. I didn't see it coming, and I am glad I didn't. It's an engaging story right up to the authentic end. Give this one a read and you're apt to gain some real insight into what it means to belong and what is truly important in your own life.

posted by 1357829 on May 18, 2012

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2 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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When I got the sample it only showed me the table of contents now I don't know what the book is like?! (I am giving this book a fake review because i have not read it yet)

posted by 10929009 on January 30, 2013

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  • Posted June 16, 2012

    A poignant read that drew me in from the start. My Rating: 4

    A poignant read that drew me in from the start.


    My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

    Disclaimers: I received this book for review as part of the Debut Author Challenge Blog Tour in exchange for my honest review. Thanks Tara and Lisa.

    My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: In one sentence: A poignant read that drew me in from the start. This book was nothing like I thought it would be and yet it was ten times better. I've always loved this genre and even thought it was about a younger girl, I found myself falling in love with the story.

    Hunt's debut novel definitely is one of the best realistic contemporary fiction novels I've read this year. Hunt created an all-star cast from even the most minor character to the main character Carley. I found myself thoroughly entertained by all of the characters and loved nearly all of them.

    Carley was a character that I really liked. She's been in an abusive situation and yet she is still so caring and such a good person. Naturally, she's got her "issues" but she was a character that left me smiling and one that I loved reading about.

    Mrs. Murphy was amazing. There is no other way to say it. I admired her from the moment Hunt introduced her in the novel. However, like I mentioned earlier, all of the characters in this book were fantastic.

    The writing was fantastic. Hunt wrote in a compelling manner that left me feeling like I really was in Carley's head. I felt connected with her and consequently the whole story. The story flowed nicely and didn't lag. Definitely an amazing read. Read this one you won't regret it.

    In Summary: A beautiful novel that I loved reading. Captivating characters, an intriguing plot, and a poignant writing style made for a brilliant read.

    Warnings/Side-notes: This book deals with violence and abuse, but in a manner that I won't hesitate to recommend this to anybody despite their age.

    The Wrap-up: Books about abuse have always held a soft spot for me. I feel like this is an issue that people don't talk about enough. Abuse is real and its effects are life-altering and traumatic for the victims. I loved that Hunt focused on this theme and admired the way she tackled writing this tale. It was beautiful and I loved reading it.

    Love,

    Danica Page

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2014

    So sad

    She shouldve stayed with her foster family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2013

    WOW!!

    Amazin book. I finisheit in under 3 hours. The only thing that I found incomplete was the ending, like how does life with her mom go? The book was incredibly moving. I even cried alittle

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    Twelve year old Carley Connors goes through a lot. Growing up in

    Twelve year old Carley Connors goes through a lot. Growing up in Vegas was a lot for her and her mother. Carley learns to be tough and not to cry. The one thing Carley did not expect was to be put in foster care. When she gets placed in the Murphys, she really doesn't get along with the three boys ,the oldest Daniel ,the middle child Adam and  the youngest which she really did like MIcheal Eric. Carley noticed that there family was perfect she would always ask herself “Do happy families exist?”. Carley knew that she didn't belong in this family so she tried to stay as far off as possible. The murphys treat her like she belongs in there family and make her feel happy and at home. When Carley's mother wants her back Carley has to decide how she wants to live with and who she wants to live with. This book is really good and great for everyone. 

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    Posted May 19, 2013

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