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The Girl She Used to Be #2020

The Girl She Used to Be An irresistibly poignant and unforgettable story of a woman searching for her identity and a place or a person to call home THE GIRL SHE USED TO BE When Melody Grace McCartney was six years old she a

  • Title: The Girl She Used to Be
  • Author: David Cristofano
  • ISBN: 9781410419576
  • Page: 176
  • Format: Large Print
  • The Girl She Used to Be By David Cristofano, An irresistibly poignant and unforgettable story of a woman searching for her identity and a place or a person to call home THE GIRL SHE USED TO BE When Melody Grace McCartney was six years old, she and her parents witnessed an act of violence so brutal that it changed their lives forever The federal government lured them into the Witness Protection Program with theAn irresistibly poignant and unforgettable story of a woman searching for her identity and a place or a person to call home THE GIRL SHE USED TO BE When Melody Grace McCartney was six years old, she and her parents witnessed an act of violence so brutal that it changed their lives forever The federal government lured them into the Witness Protection Program with the promise of safety, but the program took Melody s name, her home, her family, and ultimately her innocence Now, twenty years later and still on the run, she s been May Adams, Karen Smith, Anne Johnson, and countless others But the one person she longs to be is Melody Grace McCartney So when the feds spirit her off to begin yet another new life in yet another new town, she s stunned by a man who accosts her and calls her by her real name Jonathan Bovaro, the mafioso sent to find her, knows her, the real her, and it s a thrill Melody can t resist Defying the feds, she goes willingly with him To the Justice Department, she s nothing than a pawn in the government s war against the Bovaro family But, as dangerous as Jonathan is, he presents her with the chance of a lifetime the chance to embrace her past and present, and choose a future all her own.

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    1. Before I go any further, I feel I need to let you know, Cristofano and I are represented by the same literary agency, but other than that, we have no ties whatsoever Of course, now I m a major fangirl, but that s a whole nother topic.This book was sent to me as a thank you gift I was immediately drawn to the cover and the concept So I took it with me to Orlando with the thought that I would read it over the week.I almost finished it that day And I was so moved and so haunted by the story that I [...]

    2. Oh, this book The concept and plot of this book are interesting, I just wish someone else had written it It s written by a man, but as a first person narrative, with the narrator being a woman this isn t horribly uncommon, and some men handle it deftly Sadly, Cristofano wasn t one of those men His dialogue is heavy handed and his male lead is a little too sappy I found myself rolling my eyes and groaning at the cheesiness than once I m all for the alpha male exterior belying a deeper, soulful [...]

    3. I have to say right off the bat that I loved this book First of all the plot is something completely fresh and different It isn t your usual romance and not your usual mafia type book, and yet it combines both elements in a story that is outrageous at the same time that it makes perfect sense David Cristofano is definately an author to keep watching The story he s woven here is nothing short of amazing and even after reading the description of the book isn t what you expect when you start it The [...]

    4. This book is easily easily the worst I have ever read I m a big fan of police procedurals and picked it up because I thought the premise would be interesting Not only was I wrong, I was on a cruise ship surrounded by ocean with no other novels in sight So I pushed forward in hopes it would get better It didn t As another reviewer pointed out, this is a book told from the perspective of a woman but written by a man Many, many authors play with this combination and succeed What you get from Cristo [...]

    5. Lately I have been reading quite a few books where the story starts off great and then goes downhill at an incredible pace This book tops that list.The first part of the book is really good I really liked the protagonist Melody, and it was easy to sympathize and understand her situation But after Jonathan Bovaro shows up, I found myself completely bewildered The first scene with the two of them was pretty interesting, and I could sort of see why Melody was acting the way she was But the subseque [...]

    6. A bit of a disappointment and didn t live up to the promise conveyed in the synopsis The story started out strongly and I liked Melody s portrayal and the reasons behind her inclusion in the Witness Protection Programme Had no problem identifying with her desire for a normal life and to be herself The main issue for me was when she met up with Jonathan Her actions and thoughts just didn t tie in with how she was presented early in the story To my mind it was Jonathan who was the weak link He was [...]

    7. Raised in the Witness Relocation Program after she and her family witnessed a gang land murder, Melody Grace McCartney wants the life that was denied her After twenty years, her family is dead and her original case worker has retired Tired and bored of her current cover, Melody lies to the authorities about a threat, not knowing that the crime family had indeed found her.Spirited away by her new protector Sean, Melody finds herself attracted to the young agent Yet, when Jonathon, the son of murd [...]

    8. Oh my God, this book was sooooo bad The characters were like paper dolls and the dialogue was unbelievable The whole plot was just unreal, too Are there people that dumb in the world I hope I never meet them.The only reason I finished the book was to see which macho man the tall, built, sweet government guy or the sensitive but tough mafia due was going to win the damsel in distress at the end I uh, won t spoil it for you in case you, too, want to muddle through it to find out for yourself.

    9. I don t understand how this book could be highly rated by other readers The story line is so ridiculous that the book is laughable.The novel starts off well It is a very interesting premise The main character is a woman who has been in Witness Protection for most of her life She and her family witnessed a brutal killing by the mafia The author does a good job in describing the heartbreak of a child growing up in the Witness Protection Program In the present day, her parents are no longer alive H [...]

    10. I am seriously lacking in sleep today because I could not put this book down and did not get much sleep last night I wanted to read this book because I never thought much about life would be like for these people in the witness protection program Initially Melody irked me with her constantly lying whenever she got bored with her current situation so they would create a new identity for her The you hear of her story though, the you begin to understand her and why she does the things she does Jo [...]

    11. What s in a name That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet Melody knows exactly what s in a name an identity The problem is that her name has been taken from her Since the age of six she s been a Sandra, a May, a Karen, an Anne, a Michelle and countless others She s frustrated and tired and just wants her identity back Melody has been in the Witness Protection Program WITSEC practically her entire life, but as even that didn t save the lives of her parents, she doesn t eve [...]

    12. The publicists at Author Exposure provided me with a complimentary copy of The Girl She Used To Be by David Cristofano after I chose it from a selection of over fifty other titles to review When Melody Grace McCartney was six years old, she and her parents witnessed an act of violence so brutal that it changed their lives forever The federal government lured them into the Witness Protection Program with the promise of safety, and they went gratefully But the program took Melody s name, her home, [...]

    13. Ennui and sympathy only work so far here It s hard not to like the book, but essentially, I felt like this was a romance novel disguised as a serious look at the life of a person in the Witness Protection Program I never felt the urgency, I never really got into the title character, and I certainly had no strong feelings about the plot or lack thereof That all being said well I did enjoy it the girl is such an idiot, that you can t help but like her especially the fact that she doesn t really re [...]

    14. I must first say that I am not a reader of love stories.The description led me to believe it was a suspense novel That being said I find myself wondering if I read the same book as the others who have given this book four and five stars The charaters are annoying and pathetic and the storyline is ridiciulous I found myself rushing to get to the end and not because I was enjoying it Storyline is weak and unbelievable Description had so much potential Very disappointing in the end

    15. I really enjoyed this one about a girl basically raised in the Witness Protection Program It s also a love story about falling in love with the wrong guy her case the absolute wrong guy I hear the rights of the book have been sold to make a movie out of it.

    16. If you like books that have a happy, everything works out ending, the girl gets the guy book, this isn t for you I love happy endings, even if they aren t so realistic Isn t that why we read, because reality is sometimes than we can handle, becuase reality doesn t always have those kinds of endings The novel is about a girl, Melody, who is placed into the Witness Protection Program after her family witnessed a brutal murder by a Mafia thug Melody was 6 when the family wintessed the crime twenty [...]

    17. I really like this one a lot it s like nothing I ve ever read before When Melody was six, she and her family witnessed a mob killing, and, after the government pressured her parents to testify, were put into witness protection Melody and her parents were moved a lot sometimes because of threats, and sometimes, especially when she was younger, Melody would forget who she was supposed to be In spite of all the moves, the name changes, the frankly grim sounding life, Melody finds herself alone at t [...]

    18. This was a fantastic book I couldn t believe that this was David Cristofano s debut novel He developed a unique storyline and very strong characters The way he expressed the emotions and thoughts of the characters made them very real At times I felt like I was watching real life, not reading a book.The story centers around Melody, a participant in the Witness Protection Program Her family was put in the program when she was six after witnessing a mob killing Many years and identities later, Melo [...]

    19. A deeply emotional read.Don t get me wrong, I wasn t sobbing through the story No, this story was much powerful than that.No one can know what it is like to be in Witness Protection, unless they have been in the program I always thought it would be like jail No freedom Always on the look out over your shoulder, and this story, Melody s story, drove that notion home for me She was never happy, not even content She never settled down, nor was comfortable That s not what living is about or how lif [...]

    20. My book club finished The Girl She Used To Be last week and it is the first time in nearly three years that all eight of us completely agreed that a book was brilliant Normally we have a half hour discussion on our selection but we spent almost two hours talking about Cristofano s novel It s nothing less than amazing We found it incredible that a man could capture the voice of a woman so well While the story is infinitely fun, humorous, and heartwrenching, it s the ending that really makes the b [...]

    21. Melody has been on the run for her entire life, being a participant in the Witness Protection program And she s so tired of it SHe can t have a normal life It all started when her parents and her witnessed a brutal murder at the hands of a mafia head honcho But when she stumbles upon the son of the murderer, can she really trust him This book was surprisingly good and kept me entertained I especially enjoyed the ending

    22. well it was a quick read, very short book i know you have to suspend disbelief when reading any work of fiction, but this story was absolutely ridiculous and terrible the main character is way too needy, and the story is completely unrealistic however, it was an easy read, parts of it were enjoyable, but disappointing overall because it is just way too far fetched.

    23. I liked the idea of the story line But really, how unrealistic is this I was so annoyed by the last third of this book I was really thinking, Gag me with a spoon, please Maybe someone will write a realistic book about what it actually is like going into and living in the Witness Protection Program.

    24. 3.5 stars Imagine changing your identity so much that you don t know who you really are Such is the life of Melody Grace McCartney, who witnessed a murder as a six year old child Her parents testified against a mob boss, Tony Bovaro, and were killed, despite being in the Witness Protection Program Melody is now 26, still in the program, and barely surviving She can t get close to anyone, lives reclusively and vicariously through other families, and is about to drown in a sea of self pity In the [...]

    25. I absolutely loved this book At times I couldn t stop reading it other times I had to, mostly because I didn t want it to end A truly remarkable debut and I will definitely read THE EXCEPTIONS sooner or later.

    26. Loved the premise Couldn t put it down The Girl She Used to Be by David Cristofano is about a woman who has been in the Witness Protection Program since she was a child She and her parents witnessed a mob murder and testified against the Bovaro family Every few years, she gets bored of her job, the town, her house, or her life, and she conjures up some false threat in order to get WITSEC to move her again Each time, she takes on a new identity and a new job, never making any meaningful friendshi [...]

    27. Although 253 pages, I read this in one sitting, I couldn t take my eyes off the pages Twenty six year old Melody Grace McCartney was only six years old when she and her family were placed into the Witness Protection Program after they witnessed a horrendous murder committed by someone in the notorious Bovaro family Melody has had many aliases over the past 20 years and is currently known as, Sandra Clarke Sandra is a high school math teacher living a comfortable life but decides one afternoon th [...]

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