On The Inside

On The Inside

by Kim Cano


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ISBN-13: 9781494417994
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/14/2013
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.68(d)

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On The Inside 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
AngelaMc1 More than 1 year ago
I was drawn in from the books description and it lived up to what I expected plus some. There are parts of the book that I did not see coming and that kept me hooked and wanting to read more. I especially like the way the characters meshed together. It was like reading two stories in one. You get to know about Lakeisha and her life in the prison mail room as a mail scanner and then you meet Kristen who is a prisoner. In prison for a white collar crime and serving her time she meets a lot of friends and some enemies while in prison. The author brings in quite a few characters such as the psychiatrist Megan and a fellow inmate Lupe. They all play a role in each others lives and you will never guess how the story ends. I loved the book and would reread it.
MargsWorld More than 1 year ago
Wow!  OK so we are introduced to Lakeisha, a mail scanner at the women’s prison.  She's drawn to the letters written by Kristen, an inmate, writes to her family.  Kristen has been sentenced to a 17-year term for committing a white collar crime and even though white collar crimes are often referred to as “victimless crimes”, we see the pain, hurt and devastation that Kristen’s crime has wreaked on her family and herself. As the story goes on, we are introduced to others in the prison serving time for various reasons and periods of times.  We also get to peek into the lives of Lakeisha and her co-workers and I'm talking specifically about the warden and prison psychiatrist.  The author seems to capture the true essence of the characters showing us their pain, remorse and feelings of retribution that they feel.
mmbear More than 1 year ago
This was a good story about a woman who did a white collar crime and got caught. She was sent to jail and while there is when she was able to re-invent herself and make friendships in the most unlikely place that brought her some solace and great advice. She did suffer a few tragedies while there but she beat the odds and came out a better person. You will read about things that you did not know about what goes on inside of women's prison and it will be a reality check because we always hear the men's side on these matters. Be ready to feel sadness and triumph as both deliver. Her family was there for her when she got out and she had a chance to make up for all the wrongs done in the past. It's a great story that has several morals running throughout the book but the best one of them all is, "never give up even when the odds are stacked against you" and "fight for what you believe".
LitWinner More than 1 year ago
After having gotten caught up in watching Oz and Orange is the New Black, I was very excited to be offered the option to read a book about life in women’s prison.  On the Inside did not disappoint me and told a captivating story that kept me interested until the very end. I have always heard about the term “gay for the stay” and wondered how many women did succumb to loneliness and engage in relationships with other women, even if they had identified as heterosexual while not in prison.  While I realize this book is not non-fiction, it definitely gives a glimpse into the thoughts, hopes and struggles of incarcerated women. I really expected a number of the women’s stories to end differently.  As I read along, I was thinking A would happen, but Cano put a few little twists in there to surprise me.  It was nothing ovewhelming but something I didn’t expect, in a good way. As I said before, I enjoyed On the Inside and will be looking for more of Cano’s books.  I think she balanced out the good and sad endings of various prisoners nicely.  I especially appreciated learning about the staff and how their time working at the prison and with the inmates affected them. I was sent a copy of this book in order to provide a review.  All thoughts are my own.
AdriLisa More than 1 year ago
Heart to Heart On the Inside by Kim Cano made a believer out of me. It did was it was supposed to do, I’m sure, it captured my curiosity and in an overall, my complete understanding. Bad or good, someone goes to jail.  Following Kristen throughout the story as other characters were introduced brought on some unexpected emotions. Working in the mail room does have its perks.  As I read on, there is only loss and pain for Kristen.  Eventhough, not all was completely revealed, it was sort of understood in a sotto-voce that the good the bad and the ugly went on even On The Inside. In the meantime, there is no stopping for the world on the outside. I guess it is called evolution. I have to say that it was “deep” and sad at times and possibly some glitters of hope were had once in a while.  All in all, I do recommend it. Adriana LG  
misteedawnw More than 1 year ago
On The Inside is a very raw and real look at women in prison. It is a great story told from the viewpoint of several different women. Not only is it told from the viewpoint of several of the prisoners, it is also told from the viewpoint of several women working at the prison, including the warden. This story really hit close to home for me. As a child growing up, someone very close to me spent time in prison. They actually went to prison several times. And while I know that the people in prison are there because they broke the law, not everyone in prison is a bad person. This book also brings to the light that trouble that prisoners have when they get out of prison. How hard it can be to find a job, a place to live and everything that comes along with life, like your family and how they now feel about you. But it also shows what prison can be like for the women inside those cell walls, as well. Whether you committed a murderous crime or a victimless crime... how these women can be affected is all too real.
CinnamonHollow More than 1 year ago
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of On The Inside as a member of Beck Valley Book Tours. All opinions are my own. When I first started reading this book I honestly didn't think I was going to like it. It seemed like Kristen was the type of person that lived in her own little bubble of pity and couldn't fully comprehend what she had put her family through. She did the unthinkable in her marriage and seemed very callous about it. Like it was really no big deal because she needed to be held and feel loved, etc. I wanted to smack the crap out of her. But as I kept reading and the story and the parts that were letters to and from her husband as well as Kristen's interactions with her inmates, my feelings began to change. I started to feel for Kristen and see some things from her point of view. I started to see how her emotions were deeper than I first realized and that she had a lot of growing up to do. Being that this was based on a true story I was able to really feel empathy for all the characters. I think Kim Cano did a great job with this novel of showing us the the "other side" of prison and what it might be like from the point of views of those on the inside.
MsDivatude More than 1 year ago
I would highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more from this author! At the beginning of this novel, we are introduced to Lakeisha. Her job is to open, inspect and read the incoming mail at a women's prison. Lakeisha is drawn to the letters one of the inmates, Kristen, writes to her family. Kristen, the main character, has been sentenced to a 17-year term for committing a white collar crime. Even though white collar crimes are at times referred to as "victimless crimes" we quickly see the pain, hurt and devastation that Kristen's crime has wreaked on her family and herself. As Kristen serves her time, we are introduced to others in the prison serving time for various reasons and periods of times. The author, also, gives us a glimpse into the lives of Lakeisha and her co-workers - specifically the warden and prison psychiatrist. It is makes sense that this plot is based on true events because the author seems to capture the true essence of the characters - the pain, remorse and feelings of retribution that they feel. The glimpses into the lives of the inmates' families through their letters and visits helps the reader to empathize with the familes that are left to put together the pieces and continue with their lives after a relative is sentenced to time in prison.
BeccaW More than 1 year ago
So let me start off with I watch everything on the television that is related to inside life in prison. My favorite so far has actually been the story of Orange Is The New Black. Women surviving in prison and making their way really makes me think and wonder. This book will have you gripped in from the start when you meet Lakeisha who in the prison works in the mail scanning room. She will read the letters that come for the inmates and will have to check them to make sure that they are not trying to smuggle anything illegal in through the mail. She will then deliver the mail to the other inmates. As she works in the mail room and has to check the mail for anything suspicious, she gets really involved with the letters that are written from Kristen and her husband. As you read the story you will know directly through different eyes what life is like for a woman when she is locked inside of a prison. Even though Lakeisha is the one that is reading the mail, Kristen is the one that the story revolves around. She ends up in jail because of her former employer and while she is caught she then loses all of her sense of trust and security from her husband and children. She leaves them with nothing because they essentially go bankrupt over what is going on with her and her former employer. Even though she has lost the trust from him, she still sends her husband letters home letting him know how much she is sorry and regrets what has happened. The only person to ever write Kristen back is Olivia, her sister-in-law, who is the only way that Kristen can keep up with her family and what is going on in her children’s lives. You will meet other characters in the prison and understand what they are going through but not as in depth as the author gets with Kristen and her situation. There are lots of views from many of the prisoners so the reader will get a full perspective of what prison life is really like for these people. Each person draws a new emotion from the reader as you begin to learn about them. Some stories are sadder than others, so be ready! I was happy that Kristen starts to get some of her happiness back even though there are actions that she had taken in her former life that she can not take back. You will want to read this story again and again. I actually have read it twice since receiving it for review because I wanted to make sure that I did not miss a thing. I kept wanting to make sure that I knew every detail of every character’s life so that I could struggle along with them in my mind or be overjoyed when something went their way. You will be so happy that you picked this book up to read and will not be sorry in the least to get engrossed in the character’s lives and learn a little something about what it’s like to be on the inside. I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
beckvalleybooks More than 1 year ago
I was intrigued and looking forward to reading this book as it's not the normal story line I tend to read, what a sheer delight this story was, I truly didn't expect it to grab my attention the way it did.  Every single spare moment I had found me picking up the book to to read more and follow the characters story, I loved it.   The authors superb writing led me quickly and easily into connecting with the characters in the story. The main character is Kristen, a mother of two boys, frustrated with her life turned to drink and started to steal money from the family firm she worked for.  At first she stole small amounts but eventually led to stealing a total of half a million dollars with the end result being sentanced for 17 years in a woman's prison.  The only thing that kept her going at the beginning was the kind and loving letters she receives from her sister-in-law Olivia keeping her up to date on the life outside, her sons were both too young, her husband too angry and her parents simply too busy.  Kristin starts to realise what she has lost and you follow her emotional growth of character through her activities inside and her bond with the other cellmates.   Each cellmate has their own storyline that I strangely found myself understanding why they had found their way behind bars, my general view tends to be that people in prison are there because they deserve to be without giving a second thought about the background of their crime, this certainly made my question that. I loved each and every character and the interactions and stories that followed them, reading about the emotions that prisoners have and the sadness when they lose their cellmates.  I find myself wanting to say so much more about them but that would really spoil the whole book for you to read and enjoy yourself. One character I really liked to read about was Lakeisha, a prison officer who spent her days sorting through the inmates mail, checking for any contraband, as she merrily enjoys reading about the soap opera of the inmates lives and how she gets emotionally connected herself. There was plenty of emotion in the story, some heartbreak, some 'oh no' moments and some joyful times. Some intimate scenes are also included in the story for those that may be offended.  I have to be honest and say that I actually held off reading the last three chapters of the book because I simply did not want the book to end, that was just how much I was enjoying it.   Eventually Kristin's sentence comes to an end and I found a couple of happy tears in my eyes reading the end of book. Kim Cano is a truly talented author that I will absolutely be following from now on. I applaud her for her bravery on tackling the subject so close to her heart, based on her own family tragedy and find myself wondering if she knows just how much of a difference she is making to her sister in laws life
TracyHelpsYou More than 1 year ago
I found it quite interesting to “see” life, on the inside, from a prisoner’s perspective. I liked getting to know the different inmates and how they relate to each other. Knowing their stories doesn’t excuse their crimes, but it does humanize them and makes me empathize with them. We all make mistakes, and most mistakes have consequences, these ladies are now paying the penalty for the choices they made. As a mother, I felt sorry for Kristen having to miss seeing her kids grow up, but was happy that her sister in law kept her updated with her family through letters. I also liked getting to know the prison warden and her staff members. It seems like a hard job having to spend so much time “On the Inside” and then coming home at the end of their shift to a totally different reality. While this book is a work of fiction, I think that because it is based on the author’s real life situation, that I now have a “feel” for how life behind bars is … and that I never want to experience it. I’d definitely recommend this book and look forward to reading more books from this author.
dewer421 More than 1 year ago
This book is a wonderful reminder that the women who live and work in prison are real people. It follows the lives of several main characters, both inmates and staff, through births, marriages, deaths, violence and heartbreak. I teared up when I lived with Kristen through not seeing her sons for most of their childhood, laughed at the strange happenings within prison walls, and cried at several different points. I watched friendships form through insurmountable odds, and hurt when some of them didn't last. This story was amazing, heartfelt, and a very quick read (I really wanted it to be longer, because I was so attached to the characters!) I definitely recommend this book to women everywhere!
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
What an emotionally charged book this is. One minute I was laughing, then crying, then worrying about all of the characters in this novel which is based on a true story of a family member of the author. The ending had happy tears falling down my face. The review below says it all-I really can't think of what more to say without ruining it for everyone. To say I would recommend this book to one and all is an understatement, although I think you better read it first before handing it over to your teen-there are moments in this book which I am not sure they could handle.
sleepygirl More than 1 year ago
Since I've never been in prison (thank goodness), I don't know how realistic On the Inside is but it sure could be as described by Kim Cano. She tells a good story and it kept my interest throughout. The characters were diverse and interesting. After learning their complete stories, it was easy to empathize with them. Ironically, the one person who it was most difficult to empathize with was Kristen, whose crime wasn't violent or heinous like some of them. The one thing that was disappointing about the characters was that, even though their stories were interesting, I didn't get invested in them for the most part. There were times (no details because of spoilers) that, as the reader, I could have been heartbroken but the events were told matter-of-factly and it was more like I was on the outside looking in. That did change during the last couple of chapters when I finally did "connect" with Kristen. I definitely recommend On the Inside. It's one of those books that is difficult to put down because you want to know what is going to happen to the characters.
pellerini More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Orange is the New Black.  When I was asked by Beck Valley Books if I would be interested in reading On the Inside, I read the summary and was definitely game. I like how you learn about each of the main characters intimately.  My heart broke, as a mom, reading about how Kristen didn't have contact with her sons in the beginning.  I didn't blame her husband for acting the way he did.  I liked how she had some form of a connection with her family via her sister-in-law.  It was very interesting for me to learn about how life is behind bars; how each inmate, regardless of their crime has their own life struggles and how they cope. I definitely recommend On the Inside.  It was a smooth read and I was genuinely wishing it was a bit longer!
lifeasleels More than 1 year ago
A great read! I love picking up a book and just getting lost in it and really enjoying it – this was one of those reads. In short, the book follows 3 inmates as well as 3 employees of the prison. We get their history and follow their lives while “on the inside”. I truly enjoyed reading this book. It was unlike anything else I had ever read and it was enjoyable. It was interesting learning about each woman and their history as well as seeing them interact together and see their lives as they lived each day. I would definitely read more books by this author. I highly recommend this book for any woman (I have to be honest, not sure a man would enjoy this book as it does follow the lives of 6 women, but I am certain any woman would love this read!)
BookWormAndMore More than 1 year ago
Here is another book that surprised me. I mean really who would think that a book about a women's prison and the women who are incarcerated and work there would be such a page turner. I was hooked from the beginning, and could not put the book down. It is amazing how much empathy I developed for these women. When you think of people in prison, you usually think of them as hard, cold people, well, not necessarily in a women's prison. They are in prison for doing something wrong but not all of them for violent crimes. After reading this book, my outlook has changed completely. Yes, they did something wrong but that doesn't mean that they aren't worthy of love and sympathy. They are just like anyone else except that they made a bad decision. The author, Kim Cano, does a wonderful job of interweaving the stories of the women that work at the prison and the women that are incarcerated. You will understand and empathize with all of these women and the tragedies that they face and/or face. All of the women have their own hardships and ways of dealing with them. Just like anyone else, they have hopes for the future and families that they have to deal with. Some of the families are loving and supportive, and some of the families aren't to say the least. I give this book 5 stars. This is a must read. I hate to say this because it kind of makes me sound callous but this book humanizes prisoners. I'm not saying that I did feel like they were human but I never saw them in this light before. They have some of the same problems that everyone else does, and they definitely have the same feelings that everyone else does. I think anyone and everyone would benefit from reading this book. Parents may want to read this one before letting their older children read this. There is a little bit of violence and adult situation. I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.