Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Third Floor - Pick of the Month Review

book cover art for The Third Floor by Judi Loren Grace The Third Floor
by Judi Loren Grace
Genres: Nonfiction, Memoir,
   Biography, Autobiography

     A naïve fifteen-year-old girl, who wasn't entirely sure if she had even had sex, is smacked in the face by fate. After learning that she is pregnant, she is sent to a home for unwed mothers. Judi tells her story in first person narrative as she revisits this painful part of her past.

     The original synopsis and certain parts of the book allude to mistreatment in the home. She does mention having to do chores, three chapel services each week where they are routinely lectured about sin, lack of counseling and information, lots of dancing, and assorted day trips. I'm not going to say the girls weren't mistreated. She obviously thinks she was and maybe it was too painful to relive. I'm just saying that if you are expecting a juicy, detailed exposé you will be disappointed.

     All in all, it is an interesting tale. The author does a decent job of setting the scene and recalling the attitudes of the time. I have no complaints about the editing, which is a compliment from ME hehe. If I had to pick something to criticize it would be the beginning of the book. It starts off with choppy sentences and thoughts are kind of all over the place, but she seems to loosen up once the story takes hold of her and the narrative ends up flowing nicely.

I give it 4 star review graphic 4 stars!

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