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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
Inside Out Girl is sure to be a favorite with females! Ten-year-old Olivia had NLD, a learning disorder. The children at school call her the “Inside Out Girl” because she insisted on dressing herself and often her clothes are on wrong side out. She was an independent child with a curiosity about rats, and a loving innocent nature. Adoption attorney, Len, loves his daughter and strives to be a good single parent,
Rachel is a single mother to two children. She runs Perfect Parent magazine but rarely feels like the perfect parent. When she and Len form a strong friendship, she must come to terms with past decisions and learn to look to the future.
I cannot say enough about this book. The plot is interesting and held my attention however; it is a bit predictable in places. Tish Cohen proves there is no such thing as a perfect parent. The dynamics of parent child relationship was remarkable. Len wanted to protect Olivia and yet he had little to no control over her (dead rodent). He over compensated for her being motherless and having NLD. Rachel strives for communication and perfection as a mother but fails to hear what her daughter is attempting to tell her. I like these parents the key is they were trying. I particularly like teenager Janie. Her character had great depth. I like Inside Out Girl. Cohen writes with wisdom, wit, and grace. Inside Out Girl is melodramatic and tends toward chick lit.