The Road to After, by Rebekah Lowell, is a middle grade fiction book about breaking free from abuse as seen through the eyes of a little girl.
As someone who has experienced emotional abuse, I found the book very poignant and stirring. I was also very surprised to discover some places inside that have not fully healed.
Lacey is a lovable little girl who doesn't know what to think about leaving her abusive father in the middle of the night. She both wants to be free from him and misses him. She both wants to break his rules and keep them. She is both excited and angry. And that is the truth for anyone leaving such a relationship.
Seeing this separation from a child's point of view has kept me thinking and evaluating for days. I highly recommend this book for both children and adults who have been able to break free from a bad situation but still struggle with the emotions of doing so.
A big thank you to Stephanie Affinito, a master bookologist, for suggesting this book. If you have a topic you'd like to explore, I highly recommend that you take a look at her book list pages! Click here.
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