Good Me Bad Me
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Land chooses not to delve into the story of this character in-depth, rather, she is described in a distant and dreamy sense by Annie’s recollections. away, but it shows that Good can overcome bad, when Millie helps a girl whose been bullying her, when she supports Mike and Saskia at the end of the novel- but all is not as it seems. To protect Annie, authorities decide to place her in a foster home and give her a new identity, ‘Milly’.
Milly knows she has 'good and bad' inside her, but she'd rather be good unless someone feeds the wolf within!As her mother’s trial looms, with Milly as the star witness, Milly starts to wonder how much of her is nature, how much of her is nurture, and whether she is doomed to turn out like her mother after all. I just need to say that although that instructor made my blood boil, this style does work for me here. Her expertise was put to good use, and was without a doubt a monumental advantage in portraying the psychology behind Milly’s unbearable angst. For our Twisted Sister, Norma this book definitely worked for her and she was satisfied with the ending but for the rest of us not so much.
Land tackles the main character of Annie/Milly with both resonance and self belief in her key protagonist. We all still highly recommend this book and feel listening to this one would be the better choice as we did feel like we were missing out on an experience that Norma had that we didn’t. Of course Annie is taken into the foster care system and is now living under the new identify of "Milly" with her foster family. The theme of Motherhood parades strongly across the text- Phoebe and Saskia, Millie and her Mum, Saskia and Millie, it's there that idea that women support and nurture women, but it's tarnished, it's imperfect- even in a seemingly "perfect" home. Ali Land holds a degree in Mental Health and her prior career as a nurse in this field contributes to her understanding of the subject she presents in this compelling debut.The story is based around Annie who has changed her name to Milly and is now living a new life with a new family after her mother goes on trial for murdering young children. You are never sure if Milly is a reliable narrator, especially because she straight up admits she struggles with being good and bad. Milly, on the other hand, proves to be adept at her own secret agenda, and as more time goes by, we see her behavior ratchet up to an extremely manipulative level as she hears her mother’s imaginary voice guiding her and reminding her that she has to make her own wishes come true. He has never worked with someone as damaged as Milly, but he is well placed to help her adjust to life without her mother, and he knows what warning signs to look for if she’s struggling. We remain poised at the edge of our seats waiting for the figurative shoe to drop--if a shoe exists at all.