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June 27, 2017 by elnadesbookchat

You May Already Be a Winner by Ann Dee Ellis

Publication Date July 11, 2017

Summary from NetGalley:

Confession:

ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.

I totally picked this book on  Netgalley because of the cover.  Although the the synopsis did seal the deal.  It sounded like a good contemporary story about family and hope.  I enjoyed it thoroughly although there were some times when it moved a little slowly for me. 

I loved the relationship between Olivia and Berkeley.  They were very sweet with one another and very close.  They also supported each other when no one else was able to. Olivia was forced to take on the roll of parent to Berkeley most days, but she took it in stride and didn’t resent Berkeley for it.  Her interactions with her mother were sad for the most part.  Their mom was definitely a single parent in over her head and at a loss as to how to fix things for the better.  Olivia would write letters to her absent dad, which were silent pleas for help, but her dad never answered.  When he does finally show up there is a scene between him and Olivia where he tries to explain where he has been, but Olivia tunes him out.  I would have liked hearing more of what he said just because I wanted a better explanation of why he left.  There are lots of other adults in the trailer park who try to help the girls, but not always successfully.  Bart was the only character I didn’t really care for and that was mostly because of the way he acted around Olivia.  He just didn’t seem to care about her, but wanted her to approve of him.

Parts of the story were a little far fetched, but overall a very pleasant story that I enjoyed reading. 

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