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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Patty's Pick #7 - The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon

This book is basically a love story, but it turns into much more. Lynnie and Homan are in a bad mental institution where people used to dump their physically or mentally challenged relatives. Sadly there were some of these places at that time. Their lives intersect with Martha on one eventful night and they are all changed forever. The power of one teacher and the lives she touched open up a path for Martha with a network of caring people to help her. She ends up with many places and helpers as she leaves her home to protect Lynnie and Homan's baby girl. All three characters have their "angels" along their individual journeys. Lynnie has a caregiver named Kate and Homan has a wheelchair-bound friend, "Sam". While Martha is taken in by many of her former students. 

Good teachers make this kind of impact and the North Carolina Legislature and all state governments should take note of the power of good teachers on all of society. Where would they be today without the influence of their own teachers? 
As Lynnie & Homan and their child, go thru life separately we watch society change for the better in their assimilation and treatment of mentally and physically challenged people. The character's lives change in a positive way. The ending is magical and yes, you will probably cry. I don't want to put a spoiler in this pick, so you will need to read this one for yourself!