Stars: 5 out of 5
** Book was given to me by the author in exchange for a honest review**
Back of the Book
FREEFALLING is an uncompromising view of the world as seen through the eyes of a 14 year old runaway caught up in a world of drugs, prostitution, and violence - living on the street, learning to survive, and not really caring if you don’t.
Powerful, poignant, sensitive, and sometimes overwhelming; Freefalling is a two and a half year journey that begins with the loss of innocence and ends with the death of a young girl in a skid row hotel room. And the story of everything that happens between is Freefalling.
It starts with a young girl Melinda who is only 14 when her father starts to rape her, she runs away away and into the life of prostitution. Melinda spends 3 years on the streets before her death. Within this time she learns about the streets and being smart and safe through her new friend Angel. Melinda has a child CeeJay by the age of 17. Melinda continues her downwards spiral into drugs and working to get her next hit.
Such a moving story of a young girl forced to grow up. I felt so bad for her and I wondered why her sister never went to look for her. Melinda is such a brave character, I wished her survived for her daughter. One part that got me is when CeeJay met her "father" she called him "grandpa" which I thought was really creepy. That dude should just rot in hell.
One of the best books I've read this year. Such a sad story about a young girl Melinda who grows up to fast. This book touches on incest, prostitution, drugs, sex, rape, crime and love.
10 years after her death Angel and CeeJay reunite, they form a bond and together try to heal and learn from each other.
But other than that I demolished this book in one sitting. A good read for everyone.