Thursday, August 21, 2008

Damaged - Cathy Glass

Selling at RM15
Retails at RM39.90

Damaged: The heartbreaking true story of a forgotten child
Author: Cathy Glass
Pages: 352
Condition: Pre-loved - almost new condition

My thoughts

An engaging but heartbreaking read. I find myself crying at some instances. It really made me stop and thank God for my family.

At the Social Services office, Cathy (an experienced foster carer) is pressured into taking Jodie as a new placement. Jodie's challenging behaviour has seen off five carers in four months. Despite her reservations, Cathy decides to accept Jodie to protect her from being put in an institution.

Jodie arrives, and her first act is to soil herself, and then wipe it on her face, grinning wickedly. Jodie meets Cathy's teenage children, and greets them with a sharp kick to the shins. That night, Cathy finds Jodie covered in blood, having cut her own wrist, and smeared the blood over her face.