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The Girl She Used to Be by David Cristofano

March 5th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


Thanks to Miriam at Hachette Bok Group for the opportunity to review this book!

I give this one a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Description: 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, her innocence, and, ultimately, her family. She’s been May Adams, Karen Smith, Anne Johnson, and countless others–everyone but the one person she longs to be: herself. So when the feds spirit her off to begin yet another new life in another town, she’s stunned when a man confronts her and calls her by her real name. Jonathan Bovaro, the mafioso sent to hunt her down, knows her, the real her, and it’s a dangerous thrill that Melody can’t resist. He’s insistent that she’s just a pawn in the government’s war against the Bovaro family. But can she trust her life and her identity to this vicious stranger whose acts of violence are legendary?

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 more you hear of her story though, the more you begin to understand her and why she does the things she does.  Jonathan turns out to be the opposite of all stereotypes I had of a Mafia son.  It is hard to believe that anyone coming from a Mafia family could really be a normal guy and not really happy being in the “family business”.  The chemistry between the two was sizzling and despite what was going on I was hoping the two would end up with each other.

As the number of pages left to read dwindled I was on tender hooks waiting to find out what would happen to Melody and Jonathan.  While the ending isn’t what I was hoping for it was probably more realistic than what I imagined.  I highly recommend this book!

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  1. Katie

    this sounds really interesting!

  2. Elizabeth

    This is a cool premise for a book!

  3. Lis

    Gosh I LOOOVED this book!!!

    I also thought the ending was realistic and I loved it for that. :)

    The part near the end where she cries in front of the heart when out to her then. I was VERY surprised with what happened afterward though hehe

  4. dsuzuki

    I know Lis! I was so sad when she cried too.

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