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When Melody Grace McCartney was six years old, she and her parents witnessed an act of violence so brutal that it changed their lives forever. The federal government lured them into the Witness Protection Program with the promise of safety, and they went gratefully. But the program took Melody's name, her home, her innocence, and, ultimately, her family. She's been May Adams, Karen Smith, Anne Johnson, and countless others—everyone but the one person she longs to be: herself. So when the feds spirit her off to ...

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Overview

When Melody Grace McCartney was six years old, she and her parents witnessed an act of violence so brutal that it changed their lives forever. The federal government lured them into the Witness Protection Program with the promise of safety, and they went gratefully. But the program took Melody's name, her home, her innocence, and, ultimately, her family. She's been May Adams, Karen Smith, Anne Johnson, and countless others—everyone but the one person she longs to be: herself. So when the feds spirit her off to begin yet another new life in another town, she's stunned when a man confronts her and calls her by her real name. Jonathan Bovaro, the mafioso sent to hunt her down, knows her, the real her, and it's a dangerous thrill that Melody can't resist. He's insistent that she's just a pawn in the government's war against the Bovaro family. But can she trust her life and her identity to this vicious stranger whose acts of violence are legendary?

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Cristofano's intense, romantic debut revolves around the Federal Witness Protection Program. When Melody Grace McCartney is six, she and her family witness mobster Tony Bovaro gut Jimmy "the Rat" Fratello at a restaurant in New York's Little Italy. They go into WITSEC in exchange for testifying against Bovaro. Eight years later, due to a foolish slip on Melody's part, a Bovaro goon finds her parents and kills them, but WITSEC whisks Melody to safety. By the time she's an adult, Melody has gone through a numbing parade of eight identities, the latest as a math teacher. She's about to enter yet another new life when she meets John Bovaro (aka Jonathan), who at age 10 also saw his father slicing up Jimmy. Jonathan, who's been tracking Melody's movements ever since and is obsessed with making things right, persuades her to run off with him. Despite Melody's questionable attraction to Jonathan, Cristofano's mad love scenario sizzles like garlic in hot olive oil. (Mar.)

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"What a riveting and remarkable first novel! The story grabbed me on page one. As the events spin forward, with crackling dialogue and earned surprises, you can't help but root for this most unusual, and lovable narrator--whatever her secret name or home may be at the moment. I didn't want the book to end; I didn't want to leave the wild, wooly wonderfully frightening world that David Cristofano has created. With a poignant and literary flair, this novel fixed my jones for "The Sopranos.""

--Lolly Winston, New York Times bestselling author of GOOD GRIEF and HAPPINESS SOLD SEPARATELY

"...something special..."
--New York Times Book Review

"Intense...the emotions of a woman caught in Melody's unlikely scenario ring deliciously, scarily true."
--People

"David Cristofano's debut novel is alternately thought-provoking, poignant, and darkly funny. THE GIRL SHE USED TO BE hooked me from the very first page."
--Lesley Kagen, New York Times bestselling author of WHISTLING IN THE DARK and LAND OF A HUNDRED WONDERS

"Intense, romantic debut...Cristofano's mad love scenario sizzles like garlic in hot olive oil."
--Publishers Weekly starred review

"This is a compulsively readable, skillfully constructed first novel with well-drawn characters and a plot that twists and turns to what seems the best possible conclusion, marking Cristofano as a writer to watch!"
--Booklist

"THE GIRL SHE USED TO BE is everything I want a book to be. A humorous, poignant, and compelling page-turner that kept me guessing all the way to the end. I marveled at how utterly I was drawn into Melody's world and what a vivid picture David Cristofano created."
--Patricia Wood, New York Times bestselling author of LOTTERY

"I absolutely fell in love with David Cristofano's writing, and couldn't wait to see Melody's mystery unfold. THE GIRL SHE USED TO BE is that rare novel...it's the one you've been looking for when you wander the bookstore aisles, hoping to find something that will grab hold of you and not let go. Eloquent, haunting, and totally enthralling--I was swept in from page one."
--Johanna Edwards, nationally bestselling author of HOW TO BE COOL

"David Cristofano artfully explores the meaning of identity and home, heroes and villains, in this story of a woman who loses herself, then finds herself again in the most unlikely place. THE GIRL SHE USED TO BE is a roller-coaster ride, both thriller and riveting psychological drama, and Cristofano is definitely a writer to watch for."
--Elizabeth Arnold, bestselling author of PROMISE THE MOON

"David Cristofano's debut novel captures the essence of the human spirit, and delivers a story that is simultaneously heartwarming and heartbreaking."

--Brad Listi, author of ATTENTION. DEFICIT. DISORDER

"There's no hiding the fact that THE GIRL SHE USED TO BE is a brilliant debut by a magnificent new novelist."

--Will Clarke, LORD VISHNU'S LOVE HANDLES and THE WORTHY

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446582223
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/19/2009
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

David Cristofano has earned degrees in Government & Politics and Computer Science from the University of Maryland at College Park and has worked for different branches of the Federal Government for over a decade. His short works have been published by Like Water Burning and McSweeneys. He currently works in the Washington, D.C. area where he lives with his wife, son and daughter. THE GIRL SHE USED TO BE is his first novel.
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  • Posted March 16, 2009

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    The book that makes you want to finish it as soon as you start

    I don't want to give the plot of the book because you can read that on your own. I am going to say that I knew I had to read it once I read the plot. I also came on here to read the first chapter. That evening I bought the book and finished it that night. It is an easy read but exciting. I didn't want to put it down...and didn't! The plot was interesting. It made you think. I thought the people who were helping here were the good guys that turned bad and the bad guy turned good. I read alot of romance, suspence, thrillers... and this fit it very well. Once of the best books I've read this years!

    This is one book you should buy!

    25 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2009

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    Hang On For The Ride of Your Life

    The Girl She Used To Be by David Cristofano (256 pages)


    "On my fifth day in class, the teacher asked each of us in turn to spell our name for the other students... It sure would've been easier to spell May Adams, but wouldn't you know, without even giving it a second thought, there I was, unveiling myself to my teacher, her aide, and seventeen other first graders."

    M-E-L-O-D-Y-G-R-A-C-E-M-C-C-A-R-T-N-E-Y

    And so, the story of Melody McCartney - aka May Adams, Karen Smith, Anne Johnson, Sandra Clarke and many others - begins.

    When she is only 6 years old, Melody and her parents were the only witnesses in the brutal killing of an Italian restaurant owner. Scooped into the Witness Protection Program, the government promises to keep the family safe. Little does she know, but after 20 years in the WITSEC program and after the ultimate death of her parents, Melody's life will be in the hands of Jonathan Bovaro, one of the four sons of Tony Bovaro, the man who committed the vicious murder.

    This book was a merry-go-round of emotions and evoked feelings in me I didn't realize I had. The trials and tribulations of poor Melody over the 20 years of "so-called" federal protection are marred only by the in-your-face criminal activity of the mafia family which threatens her very existence. I felt sadness at the robbery of her innocence, empathy at her lack of a normal life, elation in her love for Jonathan, and blood-curdling fear as her life is eventually exposed. I could not put this book down!

    Cristofano's prose flowed gracefully through this book like Jonathan's red Audi through the streets of New York and New Jersey. The "Billy Idol" monologue in the bar with the college guy was hilarious - I'm talking laugh out loud, pee my pants, make my hubby look at me strange, funny! (see page 102).

    The Girl She Used To Be is currently the best book I've read so far in 2009. With his snappy dialogue and human emotions, David Cristofano is an author I will be eagerly watching in the future. Having originally checked this book out of my local public library, this is a book I have giddily added to my home library.

    20 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 24, 2009

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    One of the best books . . . ever

    My girlfriend was reading this book and kept telling me chapter after chapter that I would love it, and I kept shrugging it off. Her stack of books and mine almost never collide. She reads Sara Gruen and Jennifer Weiner and I read Palahniuk, Klosterman, and such authors.

    But when she finished this novel, I noticed she was back at the beginning. She'd actually started to read it a second time! After she finished, she sighed and pushed it my way and insisted I read it. It wasn't until a week later that I noticed it had been endorsed by Will Clarke and Brad Listi, two of my favorite authors. So I gave it a chance. And sure enough I started reading it on a Sunday afternoon and didn't/couldn't stop until I finished it at 11:00 that same night.

    The story is absolutely outstanding, well-written, and downright hilarious. It throws together a wonderful cast of characters (a witness on the run, her government protector, and the guy sent to knock her off) and it's hard not to like them all, in spades. The story follows a woman in the witness protection program who finally wants to break free and see what it is like to actually find and be herself. Her journey is unpredictable and one you will not likely soon forget.

    Let me just say this a great book for couples to read together, as was the case for us. It is rare we can find a book that fits both molds, but it is hard to imagine anyone not enjoying this story. I am recommending this to my friends, but they will have to buy their own copies. This one is a keeper. Highly recommended for bookclubs.

    19 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2010

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    A GREAT RIDE!

    The trials and tribulations of poor Melody McCartney over the 20 years of federal Witness Protection Program to protect her from a Mafia Family, who apparently murdered her family who agreed to testify against a murderer. Melody feels like she can't get close to anyone, so she leads a lonely existence. The Feds feel they are doing her a favor by keeping her safe and alive, but she feels otherwise. When Jonathan enters her life, he brings freshness to her stale existence. Melody just wants to be herself. But once Jonathan, the son of the mob boss locates her, falls in love with her, she really has to decide what to do. What a dilemma! EXCITING RIDE!

    Others that kept me glued to the pages: I CAN SEE YOU, 61 HOURS, EXPLOSION IN PARIS, THE PASSAGE..

    14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2010

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    Fantastic story!

    This was a powerful story. I usually read Christian fiction, but was sent this book to review, so I gave it a try. Unlike many of the books I have mailed to me, I actually finished this one and enjoyed it immensely. The story was amazing and very unique. The characters were believable and the passion moving the story forward was breathtaking.


    It was so hard to know who the good guy in the story was for the first two thirds of the book. The author strung you along with a sense of dread as this woman was being hunted because of the mob. Yet at the same time she had no life, no identity (because it kept changing) and no stability. She never felt safe even with the men who were paid to protect her. She learned to trust someone who had followed her life for years and showed up to help because he knew about her and said he cared. Though the Federal marshals were very unhappy about her choice to spend time with him, they didn't interfere. Unfortunately, meeting with them that one last time caused her life to spiral out of control and she lost the hope that she had found.


    I was crying through the last portion of the book. I hurt for her. I understood her pain and the sacrifice that was made on her behalf. It was like reading an emotionally charged Nicholas Sparks novel, only better. And the ending was bittersweet, yet satisfying. The author did an amazing job with the story and captured my heart, and even though there was no outward spiritual element to this story, the themes of forgiveness, repentance, pure love, and self-sacrifice were strong enough to move my heart.


    The best part was this book was not riddled with swearing and vulgarity. It had some necessary dialog on occasion and some violence, but nothing that overpowered the beauty and message of true love in this book. Love does not demand it's own way. Love always gives, always hopes, always protects. Ahhh...this was a great love story. There are decent books in the ABA, and this is one of them.

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 18, 2009

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    Stunning Debut Novel

    I have to say right off the bat that I loved this book. First of all the plot is something completely fresh and different. It isn't your usual romance and not your usual mafia-type book, and yet it combines both elements in a story that is outrageous at the same time that it makes perfect sense. David Cristofano is definately an author to keep watching. The story he's woven here is nothing short of amazing and even after reading the description of the book isn't what you expect when you start it. There are twists and turns that the reader most likely won't see coming. Expect the unexpected with this book! This is Cristofano's first novel and he's hit one out of the ballpark with this one. This is a book everyone should be, and will be reading in 2009! The book isn't a huge read at 256 pages, so it's a good rainy Sunday, curled-up-on-the-couch kinda book. I hope you all pick up a copy and get to read it. If you do, let me know what you think of it. I'm betting you'll be a fan long before you read the last page.

    ~http://martasmeanderings.blogspot.com

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2010

    Outstanding Romantic Suspense

    Not many books can keep me reading until the wee hours of the morning, but this one did. A suspense novel at heart, but the real treat is the romance. Very tender and true, nothing over the top. The writing is just amazing. Great read for anyone from YA to 99!

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 8, 2010

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    one of my favorite books.

    i just recently finished the book "the girl she used to be". it was such an amazing book...it is defenately one of my favorites. it took some time in the begining to get into just because the background of the girl needed to be explained. but once you broke through the surface and really got into the book, it was so good. it is such a different book from any you have ever read. it is not your typical romance...where the boy whisks the girl away and they live happily ever after. no, this book is not like that at all. this book, she gets whisked away for sure, but not exactly in a romantic way. she moves from life to life, having to drown herself in another lie, making other people believe what she never came to believe herself. i would highly reccomend this book to anybody that dosen't mind an ending that will leave you dying for more.

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2010

    Fabulous! You will not want this book to end!

    It has been some time since I've so badly wanted a story to continue. Not because it is setup to be a series, because it does not feel that way, but because the characters are so well drawn and the writing is so good. I started the book after dinner and finished after midnight, very compelling and laugh-out-loud funny. I'm selecting The Girl She Used To Be as my pick for my bookclub.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 14, 2009

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    Outstanding book. Phenomenal ending.

    My book club finished The Girl She Used To Be last week and it is the first time in nearly three years that all eight of us completely agreed that a book was brilliant. Normally we have a half-hour discussion on our selection but we spent almost two hours talking about Cristofano's novel. It's nothing less than amazing. We found it incredible that a man could capture the voice of a woman so well.

    While the story is infinitely fun, humorous, and heartwrenching, it's the ending that really makes the book a clear standout. The novel is filled with unexpected twists and turns but the ending is completely unpredictable and simply gorgeous.

    I've been recommending this book to everyone who will listen. Here I am a week later and I still can't get the characters out of my head. This one will stick with you.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 19, 2010

    Coming soon to your Best of 2010 list

    I heard of this novel once the movie rights were sold to the same people who produced My Sister's Keeper so I thought I would give it a chance. I am so happy I did. What an emotionally-charged story we are told through Melody Grace Mccartney as she shuffles through life in the witness protection program. The story is filled with unexpected twists and the romance element was wonderfully introduced and made the book just impossible to put down. But the ending is so beautiful it is worth reading just for that alone.

    I cannot wait to read more from Cristofano and now I am anxiously awaiting the movie version of The Girl She Used to Be. Top of my list for 2010!!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 27, 2009

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    Page-turner Extreme

    One of the few books in my library of a thousand that pulled me in from page one and would not let go. The Girl She Used To Be is a wonderful literary thriller that I will soon read again. Beautiful prose and imagery. Don't start reading before bed or you will be pulling an all-nighter. My highest endorsement.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

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    Waste of my time

    I was not sympathetic to Melody, I think she's a terrible person. The story didn't seem likely and the way it ended was probably the most realistic thing about it. The ending did not make up for everything else that was lacking. This is my store's handsell and I definitely do not recommend it. We've had some great books come through and this does not come anywhere close!

    5 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 31, 2011

    Incredible Book!

    I'm a person who reads two to three books a week on avg and am a pretty hard reader to impress but this book was so good I blew off work for the day and stayed home to finish it. I haven't felt so hooked so fast in a long time. My only complaint is that it was too short. As I got close to the end I started to look for stuff to do so I could prolong finishing it. The characters were believable. The story was at times funny, and at times heart wrenching. When I first read the synopsis I thought it would be a tragic story but it wasn't at all. I would read anything else this author comes out with.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2010

    GREAT

    I really loved this book.When I got it I just couldn't put it down.It has the right amount of romance and suspense.I also really liked the main character.I would definately recommend this book.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2009

    Surprisingly difficult to put down

    Recommended by a friend, this book gathered dust in my living room for a month before I finally cracked the cover. The story isn't what you would expect from the cover which was my hesitation for getting started, but the story unfolded quickly and the characters stole the show and is an excellent profile of what it must be like to have no control over who you are. I wasn't sure about the whole mafia angle, but I totally got into it. I fell in love with the three main characters, especially Jonathan, and did not want the story to end. I had to give the book back to my friend but not before reading a second time. I plan on buying in paperback to add to my library. Simply excellent!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 20, 2009

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    Lost as a Witness

    When Melody Grace McCartney was a child, her family witnessed an act of unspeakable horror involving the NYC Italian Mafia. In exchange for their testimony, her family enters into a life-long relationship with the Witness Protection Program. But when her parents are found and killed, she is far from safety. Coupled with her inability to create bonds with those around her, Melody uses the Witness Protection Program to relocate and re-invent herself every few years.

    Until now. During her most recent move, she meets Jonathan Bovaro, son of the mafioso murderer she met when she was young. He knows Melody better than anyone, and the allure is too much for her to stay away.

    It is intriguing to learn about the not-often-spoken-about government program. Cristofano tells a gripping story about a poor girl lost in the system and trying to get out. Once I started this book, I could not put it down and stayed up late watching the back and forth between good guys and bad guys unfold.

    David Cristofano is a name I will be putting on my future reading list!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 4, 2011

    Eh - well written, but not great.

    This book was a disappointment. The writing was good and the story line was interesting. What killed it for me were the characters. Melody's constant whining and stupid decisions made it very hard for me to care about her at all. If that were the point of the novel I would have understood it, but she's supposed to be a sympathetic character. As for Jonathan ... a tough mob guy is suddenly blushing and stammering like a teenager when it comes to women? Not consistent with the rest of his character at all.

    The ending, as well, was a letdown. There wasn't even a climatic moment .. the story just sort of whimpered off to its end.

    I think I'd like this author after a few books - like I said, the bones of the story were good. I'd like to see more consistent believable characters and a better thought out ending.

    3 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2010

    Not the greatest

    I could not enjoy this book because I could not like the main character Melody. It was hard to feel sorry for this woman in the Witness Protection Program as she was needy and victimized herself. (this is however exactly how the author wanted to portray her, which he did)It is a book that is easy to put down as it does not have cliff-hangers. After the first initial twist in the book everything else becomes predictable. I am not a book critic, just a book reader who would advise you to save your time for something a little more worthwhile.

    3 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2011

    disappointing & far-fetched

    well ... it was a quick read, very short book. i know you have to suspend disbelief when reading any work of fiction, but this story was absolutely ridiculous and terrible. the main character is way too needy, and the story is completely unrealistic. however, it was an easy read, parts of it were enjoyable, but ... disappointing overall because it is just way too far-fetched.

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