2. The events are captivating and exciting.
3. The use of words brought me right into the story. Even though I grew up there, I felt like any reader will get transformed into the moment.
4. The Booger Hollow historical section could be a reference and still hold the same meaning. I thought to myself, at first, that this comment exists only because I have been there and it wasn't fair to other readers who do not know the site, but I went back and re-read it with an outsider state-of-mind and the comment still held.
5. The BMW symbolism is a great use of literary unity and gives obvious cues to the next event. I admit, I caught the cues but secretly wished they weren't symbols. It really helps the reader become Gracie in the story.
6. The author has a unique style and scores of talent as a writer. She states that this work is based off of a dream. I can relate to this piece because i have had dreams similar to the vector she presents here. It was very easy for me to be right there with Gracie.
7. The author, also, states the lack of the use of an editor. In regards to this; I do not disagree with her decision. I will, however suggest, that she find 3 or 4 reliable friends to critique her word usage, spelling, and grammar as written. I do believe her thoughts are complete and separated correctly. I, also, know writers are not perfect and misspelling words here and there is absolutely normal. A writer writes for content, the editor is the technical one. The author does not need to be plagued with what an editor thinks she is writing and change the context. Just clean up the vocabulary usage to what is intended and add structure a handful of sentences.
8. Gracie is not the character most readers expect. She is realistic to her circumstances. She is what real girls from that life are. The author doesn't sugar coat or disillusion how strong of an influence that even a bad parent can have on a child's self worth and expectations of their behavior.
9. The last event is unexpected but expected at the same time. The reader wants to not believe their gut feeling and ends up surprised in the end moments, but then kicks his/herself for knowing it was coming when he/she sits back and processes the event in his/her mind. I, surprisingly, felt relieved and no pity for Gracie during the last event, like I did through the entire storyline. It is short drop but complete.
10. I give it 4 star rating, but only because of the Booger Hollow part. I say this because completely interrupts the story, make it a shorter and more to the point reference and I would give it 5 stars.