I was given Me & Emma to read by a colleague at work, again after it had made the rounds of the office. Everyone seemed to really like it, so I was fairly certain that I would enjoy it, too. I couldn’t have been more wrong!
Me & Emma is about a family torn apart by so many different things. Sisters Carrie & Emma get through a hard life with their impoverished, abused mother & alcoholic abusive step-father….
Now, I have read true life books about children who suffered at the hands of the murderous/abusive adults they were unlucky enough to have been born to. There was something about them that while uncomfortable reads, they kept my attention & I felt compelled to read them. This book? No. I was highly disturbed by this book. Why would someone willingly choose to write a fictional book about children who are being abused? There is enough of this in the real world, that surely there is no need to make some fictional child suffer at the hands of an adult?
Just soooo not something I want to be reading for pleasure……