Danae Blackburn is a teenager living in an abusive foster family that she has been living with since age two. Her foster mother and father verbally belittle her, and physically abuse her and her younger siblings. She constantly receives messages that she is worthless and without value. Fortunately for her, she has a caring group of friends at school. Danae is interested in music and desires to learn the piano, but her parents refuse to let her even join the music class at school because of the extra cost. One of her friends offers to teach her what she knows about the piano, and Danae discovers she has a natural talent. Music opens the door for her self-expression, but is it enough to change her life?
This is a painful book to read. The descriptions of violence and verbal abuse are heartbreaking, especially when you consider that millions of children endure it everyday. However, even though it is difficult to read at some parts, it is worth it because of the beautiful story of love, friendship, and hope.
I had a hard time getting into the book at first, but I persevered and got hooked. I thought it was interesting to read about life of teenagers in Australia. There were a couple of slang words used that I had to read over a couple of times to grasp the meaning, such as when Danae noted that her lifeguard friend had gotten new “swimmers”. I thought she meant new students in her swimming class at first until I realized she meant a new swimsuit. However, it didn’t detract from the book at all, just made it more interesting!
I loved the message that even if our parents on Earth fail us, we have a heavenly Father who will never fail or forsake us, and always loves us. Even in circumstances that don’t make sense and that are painful, He has a good and perfect plan for our lives.
I think this is an excellent book, even though it is sad at parts. I would recommend it to anyone interested in music, or wanting to read an inspiring story the power of love and friendship.
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