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Bend Me, Shape Me is the second novel in the Street Stories suspense series and tells the story of Snow Ramirez, a bi-polar street kid about to turn 18. She’s convinced that psychiatrist Mordechai Levinson is responsible for one kid’s suicide, and may be targeting her brother Alley as his next victim. Once again, reporter Jo Sullivan finds herself the only person willing to listen to one of Chicago’s throwaway youth.
Snow Ramirez hasn’t trusted anyone in a very long time, not even herself. Memories of her childhood on Washington’s Yakama Reservation haunt her even on the streets of Chicago. When her squat mate Blitz slits his own throat in front of her, she knows it’s time to convince someone to trust her instincts. Blitz may have been diagnosed bi-polar, like Snow herself, but no way would he have offed himself like that if the shrink he’d been seeing hadn’t bent his mind completely out of shape.
Normally she wouldn’t care. Who wasn’t crazy in one way or another in this messed up world? After all, she’d gotten out from under the doctor’s thumb weeks ago and it was too late for Blitz now, wasn’t it? Snow’s little brother Alley, though, there might still be time to save him. If only she can get reporter Jo Sullivan to believe her story before Snow loses her own mind.
In this book you can see that while judging people by their misfortunes or general prejudice is one of mistakes people often made. This is a story about Snow, a bi-polar girl who lives on streets. Besides that she is almost 18 and half Native American and when you get all these information we can say that she is not trustworthy. At the other hand doctor Levison is a really successful psychiatrist who has a great record and who saved many kids, and of course he is well educated man which would make him a trustworthy person. But he doesn't have something Snow does - sense of family and being protective over her brother - Alley who is in danger and a dead friend on her mind - Blitz. That would make her stronger that any other prejudice. We also have Jo here, she is a journalist who is always in search for a good story but besides that she is there to help all the homeless children. Being a journalist gives her ability to offer people a chance to say their story even though sometimes it's hard to trust. And the last person who tells us a story is Lenard - Snow's uncle who brings the background and contributes to the story.
While Snow's, Jo's and Lenard's POV change through the novel you get to see the life of homeless kids which was sometimes hard to imagine. While it was really nicely done, at the point when government was included it was too much for me. It does sound logical and everything, but for me it was unnecessary. That and the fact that it took me some time to get into the story and make differences in narrations are the reason for the rating.
Rating: 3.5 stars.
Until the next time,
***NOTE: Copy of this book was kindly provided by the author. Thank you.
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