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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Review - Jesse's Girl by Gary Morgenstein

Title: Jesse's Girl

Author: Gary Morgenstein

Publisher: Create Space

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Rating: You Need To Read

Reviewed By: Roberta

NEW YORK, May 11, 2009 - How much should a parent sacrifice for a troubled child? In Gary Morgenstein' s taut new thriller, *Jesse's Girl*, the answer is - anything. Anchored around a floundering father-son relationship, finding roots and re-uniting vanished bonds, the timely novel about teen addiction and adoption follows a desperate father's search for his son, who has run away from a wilderness program to find his biological sister in Kentucky. *Jesse's Girl* opens as a jarring phone wakes lifelong Brooklynite Teddy Mentor well after midnight. It's the Montana wilderness program saying that his 16-year-old adopted son has vanished - and they haven't a clue where he's gone. Only two weeks ago, Jesse had been taken to the program by escorts to deal with substance abuse problems. Jeopardizing his flagging PR job in New York, Mentor rushes across the country to find Jesse, who is off on his own quest: to find Theresa, the sister he's never known. When Teddy finally discovers Jesse at a bus stop in Illinois, he is torn between sending him back or joining his son on a journey to find this girl in Kentucky. He decides to go. They become embroiled in a grisly crime when Theresa's abusive husband Beau attacks her -Jesse stabs the big beast of a man, leaving him for dead. Given Jesse's misdemeanor criminal record, Teddy can't go to the authorities without risking his son's arrest. However, Beau is not dead, merely wounded, and he hunts them down, thirsty for revenge. Teddy, Jesse and Theresa flee across the Bluegrass State with Beau in hot pursuit. Seeking safety but finding trouble, their story leads them to an ultimately shattering question: is Theresa really Jesse's sister or has he been scammed?

This book is a journey that all parents need to read. You will not only appreciate the child you have but the journey some parents make for their children. There are twists and turns through out this book that will leave you wondering what could happen next to these fascinating characters. The story is very fast paced and you will be wondering where the time got away from you while reading it. The only problem I can see with this story is some of the language. If you are offended by four letter words, this is not a book for you. If you can get over the language, it is truly a wonderful and enlightening journey. This would be an excellent gift for adults and teenagers. You will not go wrong choosing this book.

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