Published by Viking on June 1st 2017
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Twenty-one year old Beth is in prison. The thing she did is so bad she doesn't deserve to ever feel good again.
But her counsellor, Erika, won't give up on her. She asks Beth to make a list of all the good things in her life. So Beth starts to write down her story, from sharing silences with Foster Dad No. 1, to flirting in the Odeon on Orange Wednesdays, to the very first time she sniffed her baby's head.
But at the end of her story, Beth must confront the bad thing.
What is the truth hiding behind her crime? And does anyone-even a 100% bad person-deserve a chance to be good?
I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up this book – relatively short, I figured it would be a quick read, easily digested and probably enjoyable. Well, how wrong was I? Clare Fisher sure knows how to pack an emotional punch, test her readers’ limits and craft a book that will stay with you long after you’ve devoured those last few pages.
Beth is in prison. She’s done a bad thing. As part of her rehabilitation, she visits with a Councillor who encourages her to write down the good things. At first, Beth considers this an impossible task but she perseveres and finds there are good things in her life, her past, her present and she records them. Through her writings we learn more about this girl. Did she ever have a chance? Was she always going to end up in prison? Is there any hope for her future?
Fisher tackles some serious issues in this book. It’s devastating to read how people can be left without support, forced to grow up with little hope, pushed into situations that one can barely imagine. It’s a tough book to review without giving the game away and it’s truly a book that one should read and draw their own conclusions.
Beautifully written, gripping and moving, All the Good Things is meaningful, honest and truly human and one not to be missed.