15 year old Debra takes the family Cadillac and runs away from home leaving her sexually abusive father, his mistress, and the grave of her alcoholic mother. Lonely, Debra begins a series of letters to her dead mother revealing her odyssey through the underworld of the streets. Debra then explores alcohol, drugs, and prostitution and meets Richard, the kind, middle-aged ni15 year old Debra takes the family Cadillac and runs away from home leaving her sexually abusive father, his mistress, and the grave of her alcoholic mother. Lonely, Debra begins a series of letters to her dead mother revealing her odyssey through the underworld of the streets. Debra then explores alcohol, drugs, and prostitution and meets Richard, the kind, middle-aged night clerk. They head for San Francisco, hoping for a new life. When the letters end, we too have lived through her experiences of addiction, abortion, welfare, and AIDS....
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Love, Debra Reviews
I didn't really hate it or love it, I just felt like it was okay. I don't know if it was just because of the letter style, but I felt like it just told us everything, instead of showing, which made it kind of boring and list-like. Like, this happened, then this, and then that. It didn't really move forward a lot. Everything seemed the same, besides the surroundings and the people. She'd moved to a new town, and it'd just be the same as it was in the last one. This meant there was no character development. I felt disconnected to the characters...I'm not sure if this was intentional, or not. Like, I didn't care when (view spoiler)[ when Richard died(hide spoiler)] because I didn't feel all that connected to him.I didn't like the ending. It was so random, like, seriously throughout the entire book she finds it so hard to open up to people (hence the point of the letters), and then, suddenly, on the last page her character completely changes, and in one sentence she's pouring her heart out to this random guy. I guess it was because it was so short, and there wasn't enough time? I know, they had to make some kind of happy ending to give hope, but I'd have honestly rather it ended on a sour note with her jumping off the bridge (seems like a fitting ending, considering the entirety of the book.) Anyway, I did like the letter style. I thought it was cool, unique idea, and I did like Debra's voice (though I did find some of the lingo. hard to understand. I had no idea what 'balling' meant, at first.) But I do think this made the book better because the voice was so real, despite the unrealistic circumstances. It shows that Debra is still, actually, a teenager. I liked those little reminders of her youth. The teddybear stuff was cute as well. All in all, it's short, so I'd recommend for a quick read.
This was pretty intense but was written very lightly. Like all of these horrible things are happening to Debra but she writes it very lightly. It's minorly love/hate. It seems believable but yet at the same time, not at all. I'd imagine a fifteen year old girl who just ran away from what she knew into a world of destruction would be a lot more scared and express it through her diction. While this is in question, the actions of what happens is certainly not light at all. I'd often have to put the book down for a bit just to regroup and not get in too bad of a mood while reading it. It really did put me in an awful mood, which I suppose is bad on a personal level, but shows just how Hamilton could reach out to a reader with his tale of Debra. If you enjoyed Go Ask Alice or want an intense read: this is it.