Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Age Recommendation: 14 and up
This book was very unnerving because it was centered around child abuse. When I first picked up the book, that was not what I imagined it would be about. Also, I found the book was confusing because the first hundred or so pages spanned six years (but there was no chronology) so I found it difficult to keep up with the story.
Margo and her older sister Liz are surprised to see another being enter their house- a baby boy named Evan. Evan is a chubby boy and their mother, Rosa, makes it very clear that she loves Evan and Liz the most. Margo is more of a forgotten child and she is somewhat content that way.
Until her mother starts taking out her anger about her impending divorce on Margo. Margo is punched, slapped, and verbally abused by her mother but nobody, not even her grandparents, will believe her. Margo’s sister knows about all of this but turns a blind eye so as to not lose her mother’s favor.
Eventually, Margo starts starving herself and performing poorly in class. Her mother takes Margo to a psychologist where she calls Margo a “monster.” Upon hearing this, Margo explodes with emotion, proving to the psychologist that she is indeed a monster.
Now, Margo has nobody but her brother. However, he drifts away from her as well. To make matters worse, Margo’s father marries a beautiful lady with two daughters and a son, and no longer has time for Margo.
Will Margo be able to live with this broken family?
If you like to read this book, you can purchase it here: Paint Me a Monster