Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The Girl She Used To Be: Book Review & Giveaway

About The Book:


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.





About 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.

My Review:

This book was absolutely incredible! It had my attention from the first few pages and I could not put it down. In fact, I read it in a day! The characters are very well written and I love that you really get a sense of what it would be like to be part of the Witness Protection Program and all the emotions that would be involved. The one aspect that really intrigued me was that although the book was written by a male, it was done so from a female perspective. Very well done! This book has a little bit of everything, from romance (but not over done), to Italian mob crimes, to witness protection program, and the journey of one girl to really "find herself" after running for so long. A powerful first time novel that has been very excited to read more by this author in the future! FYI for movie lovers...the rights to this book to produce a movie were bought in May 2009. I don't know about you all, but this is definitely one movie I will totally want to see!

A great read that I highly recommend and give a huge thumbs up!

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