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BOOK REVIEW: THE GIRL SHE USED TO BE
BY DAVID CRISTOFANO
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Melody Grace McCartney became very bored with her life. Her daily life became so routine. After all, this was not really her life. Just imagine how one feels to have to visit the Hallmark Store at least once a week in order to see how everyone else is living their life. This is where she experiences what it is like to feel the true meaning of love and family.
When Melody was six, she and her parents were witnesses to a killing done by the Bovaro mob. As a result, they all ended up in the Witness Protection Program. Melody had one problem. She could not keep a secret. She kept revealing her true identity. The government had to keep changing her name and this happened several times. The most disappointing thing about being in the Witness Protection Program is that you cannot live any dreams you might have had as a child like being a famous ballet dancer, an Oscar winning actress, or a member of congress. You just learn to be quiet and deal with it. Melody is a teacher. Somehow she just buried herself under the mathematical numbers.
One day, Melody is confronted by a man who knew her real name. The man is Jonathan Bovaro who was sent to find her. Is Melody frightened? Quite to the contrary - she is sort of excited by this whole thing. She is tired of being told what to do in the Witness Protection Program and this opens a new door for her.
Melody does not resist Jonathan and leaves with him. Can she trust Jonathan? Will he offer her a life of her own?
Melodyís character really gets the reader involved in this story. Even though you know she is very wrong to do the things she does, you almost want to cheer her on. The story will also give the reader some insight into the Witness Protection Program. Even though this novel is a work of fiction, it makes one wonder if other people have gone through an experience similar to this one. I absolutely loved this book. Itís funny at times and also makes you do some thinking. This is David Cristofanoís debut novel and he has done an excellent job. Iím looking forward to his next book and believe The Girl She Used to Be would make a terrific movie!
REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON
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