Published by Viking on June 1st 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction
Format: Arc, E-Arc
Source: Netgalley, Publisher
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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?
Sometimes we can’t help but think of the bad. The overwhelming sense of what has gone wrong and what we could have done better. It overtakes our life. Sometimes we cannot see right for doing wrong. Sometimes we can’t look past the bad to find the good. This is what All the Good Things is about.
Sometimes we just have to start small to find the good – like making a list of all the good things. It can be surprising sometimes how such a small thing can play such a big part in your life. Little things are often the biggest things in life. This is a highly emotional read that will pull on our heart.
While in prison Beth is asked by her councillor to make a list of the good things in life. Through this list we get a sense of Beth’s life and what has led to this moment. Beth talks about her past in a simple and pragmatic way. Through her telling you get a sense that she never saw anything about her life as not normal.
I loved the portrayal of Beth, of her life. She writes expressively and vividly and allows us into her life bit by little bit. Despite everything there is a sense of hope, the promise of a better life.
This is a stunning debut about social exclusion, the vulnerable and the ones who never get a decent chance. And finally and perhaps most importantly it is a bout finding light even in the darkest of times.