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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Child of Privilege by Ross Ponderson revolves around Dana who is surrounded by all the privileges of wealth, the trappings of high society, a closet full of expensive clothes and a luxurious life. That is the life she projects outside, a fairy tale existence which many consider lucky. But the truth is far from what is projected outside; inside she is an abused child who is the target of her father's dominating nature and abusive behavior. Her mother is a typical socialite, an attractive woman who is demure and wears a lot of make-up. Dana fears for her mother as well. But then one day Dana gets fed up with living in her dysfunctional family and runs away from home. Her real exposure to the world begins at that time. She meets Greg Parmenter with whom she falls love. But will circumstances force her to go back home? And will her father ruin her happiness?
The book is a compelling read that will expose readers to the dark side of human nature. Dana's return home to meet her mother, who is injured in an accident, sets the scene for the confrontation between Dana and her father. It brings out the dark and shady side that lingers in the story. The story has a lot of loud scenes that are disturbing and Dana's turmoil will keep readers glued till the end. The softness in the plot is provided through the love of Dana and Greg, which blooms from their friendship. I enjoyed the story. It is a compelling read but very disturbing. However, it conveys the truth of human behavior with a lot of starkness.