I decided to kick off this blog with a book I read in my first year of university. The book, Lullabies for Little Criminals, was required reading and at first I wasn’t that keen on having to read it. Once I started reading I could not put it down and it is one of my favourite books I have read in the last couple of years.
The novel takes you through a journey from the point of view of a 13-year-old girl named, Baby. Her mother passed away when Baby was young and she was left to grow up with her father Jules, who is addicted to heroin. This book was very effective in showing the struggles of a young girl growing up too fast. Her childhood was short lived and by 13 she was immersed in an adult world, which leaves her wishing for those things children need most, love and attention.
O’ Neil depicts Baby in hard living conditions, living a life of prostitution, stealing, and other activities a girl her age should never have to go through. Throughout the story Baby often wishes she could have a normal life, like her peers and classmates. The author portrays the trials of Baby’s life clearly and in a way that you need to find out what happens to her in end. She engages the reader and you can almost feel the many emotions Baby must feel.
O’Neil, Heather. Lullabies for Little Criminals. Toronto: Harper Collins, 2006. Print.