Damaged Book Review
Author: Cathy Glass
5 out of 5 stars. This book was absolutely heartbreaking. I have only read one Cathy Glass book previously, which was about Lucy, who Cathy ends up adopting. This book was much more difficult to read. As Jodie discloses what’s happened to her, you’ll be disgusted by humanity. The reality of the world can be so sad. But then there are people like Cathy.
Jodie is a clearly damaged little girl. She has very disturbing behaviors and does not seem to care about the approval of others. However, Cathy has always been able to “reach” the children she has fostered before and she assures herself that Jodie will be no different.
It was sickening to read about what Jodie shares about her past. It broke my heart. I am glad that Cathy wrote this book to share the truth of what happens in some homes.
It was interesting to read the impact fostering Jodie had on the rest of the family. Adrian, Paula (Cathy’s biological children, she is divorced from their father), and Lucy (a previous foster child Cathy adopts) do their best to befriend Jodie, but she causes them trials. It was sweet to read about how the other children tried, especially the girls, but also disheartening to see the effect Jodie had on the family dynamic.
This book was not a happily-ever-after, but that’s not reality. I do feel the book ended on a positive note, though. Jodie’s story absolutely had me engaged and she will stay with me for a long time.