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Reviewed by Astrid Iustulin for Readers' Favorite
Shattered by Jenell M. Jones tells the story of the author and her family, especially her adopted daughter Mercy. Mercy, still called Little Nikki at the time, is eight years old when Jones decides to adopt her, but she cannot imagine what this will mean for her and her family. Soon, however, it becomes clear that Mercy has a mental illness and homicidal and suicidal tendencies. Jones realizes that the system has not only withheld information that would allow her to choose whether or not to adopt Mercy, but she also has to fight against it when her daughter needs help. What will happen to Mercy and her family?
Shattered is an impressive story. Mercy's past, especially the abuse she has suffered, and what Jenell M. Jones and her family have experienced cannot but shock those who read these events. However, what Jones highlights is much more than a difficult private situation. She tells what happened to reveal the weaknesses and problems of the system. Jones's narrative made me think a lot, especially when she explained that she had not been given a chance to decide whether or not to adopt Mercy because she had not been informed about the girl's past. I hope this story will raise awareness of these issues. It is not for the faint of heart, but I am sure it will give everyone who reads it a lot to think about.