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The premise: Three teens. Two bank robbers. One way out.
The Girls I’ve Been follows Nora O’ Malley who is an expert at shape shifting and becoming different versions of herself. The daughter of a con artist who targeted criminal men, Nora grew up as her mother’s protege until her mother fell in love with a mark. Then Nora had to pull her own con–escaping from the life and the girls she had been. Nora quickly learns however, “...some traits you can dye away and some names you can forge fresh, but you can’t hide from your true self and the lessons you learned in the dark” (Sharpe, 2021, p.51).
Layered and fast paced, Sharpe’s novel addresses domestic abuse, endometriosis, and trauma recovery. Through powerful narratives shifting between present time in the bank heist to past versions of Nora’s life, readers gain insight into the ways in which we have the capacity to heal and step fully into our own power, not just for ourselves but to care for others, too. For fans of heist and crime thrillers, this book delivers an enveloping narrative that will captivate your attention and perhaps make you stay up reading past your bedtime!
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