by Charmaine Gordon
Source: Paperback provided by author
Publisher: Vanilla Heart Publishing
Publish Date: Feb. 24, 2011
Synopsis: Charlie Costigan has a secret. Home life gone from bad to the worst when she protects her mother from another vicious attack by her drunken father. Midnight. Clothes thrown into an old suitcase, she races for the bus with a letter to an unknown aunt and uncle. This is my daughter. Embrace her as if she were your own. Determined, Charlie begins again. Alone with her secret.
Review: From what I have heard about Charmaine Gordon she is a "thrive to survive" author. That moto holds true with Reconstructing Charlie. Charmaine does a wonderful job with her characters in this book and I love that the main character is a 15 year old girl who survives tragedy, then goes on to recreate her life. This book could be inspiring to adolescents who have experienced tragedy and believe that they will never get past it. The story is very well written and the characters are strong. Charmaine makes it very hard to put this book down. Every pages leaves you aching for more.