There are a lot of things in life that are sad, things that can break your heart. The Girl In Between by Sarah Carroll is a book that is sad in so many different ways and broke my heart. The story depicts life on the street and on the move for a young girl and her mother from the eyes of the young girl.
Life is good when the girl and her Ma live with grandma, but Ma doesn’t want to stay there, so they move out. They don’t have any money and nowhere to go. Ma is a drug addict and promises the girl she will stop the drugs and drinking and take care of her. But Ma doesn’t keep her promise. She forgets to feed the girl, she takes her daughter to scary places where drug dealers live and she doesn’t take her to school.
They end up on the streets until moving into an abandoned old mill they call The Castle. The castle that Ma has promised the girl they would live in some day. The girl explores the Castle, drawing on the walls, and from the roof, spies on the people walking by. The girl must be vigilant to remain invisible from the outside world. She can’t leave the Castle but can only let the Caretaker see her.
The girl thinks the mill is haunted and tries to lure the ghost out into the open. She learns about the ghost from the Caretaker, who is struggling against his past and grief to leave the mill after forty-seven years.
The girl doesn’t want the Authorities to see her because they could take her away from Ma. Now, the Authorities have come to the Castle, but not for her. They have come to take her Castle away leaving Ma and her with nowhere to live. There are flashbacks intermixed in the story that slowly brings everything together ending with a shocking revelation.
The Girl In Between shines a spotlight on addiction, parenting on the streets, the relationship between a mother and a daughter and how drugs can make someone selfish. No child should live on the streets and this book shows what it’s like for some of the children living on the street. This is a very sad story.
I know the mill has a story cos there’s something strange going on. I heard something. I’ve decided that I’m going to find out what it is later today when Ma leaves. Cos even if it is scary, we live here and we’re never leaving. So if there’s something going on, I need to know.
In an old, abandoned mill, a girl and her ma take shelter from their memories of life on the streets. To the girl it’s home, her safe place, the Castle. But as her ma spins out of control and the Authorities move ever closer, the girl finds herself trapped – stuck in the crumbling mill with only the ghosts of the past for company.
Can she move on before it’s too late?
Until next time…enjoy the view from your passenger seat