A girl is found in the wreckage of a car crash. Severely injured and psychologically damaged, the girl cannot or will not tell the authorities who she is or where she comes from. Her carers call her 'Len', after the name embroidered on the jumper she was wearing when she was foun... read full description below.
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A girl is found in the wreckage of a car crash. Severely injured and psychologically damaged, the girl cannot or will not tell the authorities who she is or where she comes from. Her carers call her 'Len', after the name embroidered on the jumper she was wearing when she was found.
Secretive, intelligent, and abrasive, Len is moved to a children's shelter. Slowly, Len's repressed memories fight their way to the surface of her troubled mind. And an evil figure from her shadowy past comes looking for her.
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||Written by Michelle Renee Heeter, who grew up in the American mid-west before moving to Japan, then Sydney, the strength and authenticity of the voice of the main character within this book is extraordinary.
The book begins with a mystery - a teenage girl has been found with serious injuries as a result of a car crash. Who is she? Her identity is unclear - and if she knows she is not telling.
'Len' as she is called, is now living in a youth refuge. Staying with her are other young people who have varying degrees of trauma from mostly horrendous upbringings. The minutiae of interpersonal relationships between Len and other housemates, youth workers and teachers makes for compelling though not always comfortable reading.
Len herself is an interesting personality - a person who looks to her favourite TV personality lawyer 'Clarissa Hobbs' as a mentor, then begins to write episodes in which she, Len, is really Clarissa's long lost daughter!
Len is a likeable enough personality, though within the context of her home life Len can be as much of a bully as those around her. Who can forget the couch fight scene where the new girl sits on the couch Len has designated as her own?'Get off my couch and don't ever go near it again,' Len orders.
Len has flashbacks to her previous life before the accident and the reader becomes aware that she was in a dangerous family situation where drug taking and illegal activities were the norm.
As the story unfolds the past begins to catch up with Len.
Michelle Heeter has written short fiction for Australian magazines That's Life and Family Circle under the pen name Renee Dunn. Her work has also appeared in the American titles True Story and True Confessions. Michelle has been a full-time technical writer for the past several years, and enjoys working with software developers. After earning a master's degree from Michigan State University, Michelle moved to Japan, where she was a lecturer in English for six years. She was living in Kobe when the 1995 earthquake struck. Five weeks later, she moved to Australia. Michelle loves cats, swims, practices yoga, wishes she could go horseback riding more often, and commutes to work by bicycle.