I would like to echo the sentiments of the other reviewers here regarding how engrossing and riveting this book is. I was immediately drawn into the story by Debra Borys’ deft handling of the drama and the raw, gritty dialogue. She’s got a knack for capturing the futility of life as revealed in the characters struggling with their own demons and hardships. This is some powerful writing.
Although the story of Bend Me, Shape Me is an engrossing thriller and a satisfying read for that reason alone, what I found most interesting was the light it shines on the issues faced by homeless kids. Sure, the book has the normal disclaimers about not being about real people, and I believe that. But prominent in the author’s bio is her experience working with organizations that help such kids. I’ve got to believe the issues, experiences, and difficulties of runaways and throwaways are depicted accurately, even though the specific personalities and characteristics of the kids in the story are made up.
While I have been extremely pleased by all the positive reviews Bend Me, Shape Me has received, I have been waiting anxiously for the first unsolicited review to be written by someone who was neither a friend nor a professional reviewer first contacted by me. Someone purely a reader/fan, in other words. Today, it happened.
Not only is Sheri Wilkinson a prolific Amazon reviewer (a Top Reviewer Ranking of 7,354 is nothing to sneeze at!) but her profile states she is from Princeton, IL which I consider my home turf. I spent about fifteen years living twenty minutes away and was just there yesterday at the library getting some writing done. Princeton is also the inspiration for one of the settings in my current WIP, A Bull By The Horns.
Thank you, Sheri!
A nail-biting all night thriller. The characters were likable, I could feel what they were experiencing. I would love to read more in the Street Stories by Debra R. Borys