"First off, I have to say that I read this book very quickly, as I was sucked into it right away. I think that in itself gives it five stars. Anytime I read a book this quickly, makes it pretty exceptional.
This is an important piece of writing, as to its subject matter. Children are our most vulnerable members of our society and also our least protected. This book covers the tragedy of child abuse but also the child protection and legal system in our country. Knowing what I know, as I had worked in a group home with teenage girls (many in similar situations as the main character in this book) as well as currently working at Social Services, I am sad to say that this book was so realistic that it is heartbreaking. So, this book very realistically shows the reader how dysfunctional and chaotic many children's lives really are and how our system can both fail them and help them.
I really liked how the author told this story, the shifting in voices in each chapter was unique and effective. Not only does the reader get an emotional telling of the story but also an almost 'neutral' (for lack of a better word) telling. The more you read, the more the story unfolds. The author skillfully continues to reveal more with each chapter which is both emotionally connecting us to the characters and showing the reader how abusive households work and the damage that leaves on the children.
I like the realism of the story as well, how Hal, the main character, talks of getting sucked into becoming a foster parent by his wife and his initial reluctance in doing so, especially since all his own children were grown and have left home. The author shows the reader Hal's slow progression from reluctance to fostering a troubled child to then caring for her and then to fiercely loving and wanting to protect her. I think that kind of progression is honest and true to life. Having the story told, in part, from Hal's perspective, is pretty effective. I like that he doesn't make himself out to sound like a martyr. Just a guy who unexpectedly was able to touch and be touched by a young girl who so desperately needed help.
This was an excellent book. You will laugh a little, cry a little, be in suspense for awhile, and then you will feel uplifted after you have finished this book."
The five star reviews keep rolling in!!
This review is from: Crocodile Mothers Eat Their Young (Paperback)
I was hooked from the first page! The fact that Tina was abused from a young age and still wanted her mother's approval into adulthood was heart breaking. The foster parents showed such love and support even when others might have washed their hands of the situation. Praise to Avi Morris for such a well written and insightful look into abuse that no child should ever have to face.
This review is from: Crocodile Mothers Eat Their Young (Kindle Edition)
The author's personal knowledge of the foster care system gives this well written novel an authenticity that keeps you turning the page. Hard to say I 'enjoyed' reading this but it was compelling and hard to put down.
This review is from: Crocodile Mothers Eat Their Young (Paperback)
This book was terrific!! So sad to know these children went through such abuse. Thank God for their foster parents and all they've done to bring them to a stable and loving life. Very well written!
More reviews, and still all five star!!
Three more five star reviews for Crocodile Mothers Eat Their Young.
Just finished this book, and I have to say I found it compelling from start to finish.
Love how the story unfolds in such a caring, compassionate way.
The author has created emotions for the reader on so many levels: exasperation, sad, happy, bittersweet, triumphant,to name a few.
Undoubtedly, this a most difficult situation to tackle, and yet, the Allens persevered again and again to truly “Make a difference” in a child’s life.
More people need to know about this book. I highly recommend it.
Having spent a lot of my childhood in the foster care system, I could really relate to the fractured lives of the two innocent teenage girls in the book. This is a disturbing but ultimately uplifting story of resilience and survival all too accurately detailed by Avi Morris. He really captured the struggles of foster children who often move from home to home with whatever precious possessions they have tucked inside a big black plastic garbage bag. Be prepared with a box of tissues as you cheer on Bobbie and Hal, two loving and unselfish individuals, who come to the rescue as they take on the stat
there were more foster parents like the Allens, who were not in it for the money, more foster children would have a greater chance to succeed in life.
Kudos to a refreshing new author
Reading this book was a richly-rewarding experience; I could not put it down. Avi Morris deals with this difficult subject thoughtfully. The interaction between the main characters, Tina, a girl born into neglect, abuse and poverty, and the Allens, her affluent suburban foster parents, makes the narrative unfold smoothly. Their collective effort to overcome ethic and cultural differences and the horrible circumstances that brought them together is heart-warming, and at times, humorous. The story lives up to its provocative title, and then some. It will make an excellent book club discussion.
The first reader reviews are in from Amazon. All are five star!!
This is an excellent read told with wonderful character development,
emotional depth, complexity and honesty. Avi Morris' book is the
fictionalized story of a young girl's abuse and neglect, and her and
others' conflicted journeys. I bring to this review the vantage point of
having been a county social worker for many years, working with
children and adolescents in dysfunctional families, with foster parents,
the courts, the schools, the bureaucracy, including the various support
(and sometimes not so supportive) systems. Morris has captured it all,
beautifully, poignantly. A powerful book you won't easily put down...
Bravo! Once you begin this novel you simply cannot put it down so plan your day or evening accordingly. Avi Morris has created characters whom you either love to pieces or detest to the utmost. He delves into the lives of the Diaz sisters who at a very young age struggle to survive the abusive actions of their mother and her partners and who eventually experience love and security while living with Bobbie and Hal. At times, these two girls are torn between their feelings of loyalty to their biological mother and the safety and stability of living with their foster parents. You become so involved with these characters that when Tina must confront her "nightmare" in the court setting, you want to be there to hold her hand. In this novel Avi Morris creates an emotional roller coaster and ultimately shows how some mothers other than crocodile mothers do "eat their young."
your interest from beginning to end. Uplifting story of the courage of a young
woman and a caring couple who helped her reach her potential despite great
odds. Looking forward to future books from this author.
I usually prefer nonfiction, but this title caught my eye, and once I started the book, I was compelled to keep reading. The statistics that the author provided at the beginning of the book about foster care were quite disturbing. I can not even begin to imagine what it must be be like for a young child like Tina who has suffered such severe emotional, physical and sexual abuse to be given a plastic garbage bag for her few precious possessions and then sent to a stranger's home where often there are other foster children, all with their own personal baggage. As I read about Tina's downward spiral, I hoped that she would not chose to return to her biological mother. I also wondered how many children who experience such traumas as Tina did can turn out to be as loving and resilient as she is. In the end, I wanted to know how much of the story was based on the author's own experience while at the same time, naively hoping little of it was true. Have some tissues readily available. I am going to recommend this to my book group for one of our future discussions.
While this tale is not new Mr. Morris has treated it in a way that
shows great understanding of its complexity,, uncommon sensitivity to
the emotional toll on all parties, and a refreshing writing style that
makes it easy for the reader to be involved quickly and deeply - but not
This book deserves wide readership and discussion, It is perfect for book clubs looking for something and someone new and worthwhile to discuss,