Rabbit definitely got knocked down quite a few times before she saw the light. She holds nothing back when she talks about her life and how she seemed to follow in her mom’s shoes until her time in jail when she met other women who were like her. She wanted to change, she swore she was going to change but when she was released, it was too easy to fall back into her old ways. She needed a nudge, a threat, a constant reminder of the potential that she had within her to change. That prod and force was Michael.
Growing up in the 1980’s, she was being raised by a single mother with four other siblings. In the hood, her mother liked her alcohol and her pot, her children were secondary. Their grandfather took the family in and Rabbit didn’t realize how well she had it until he was hauled off to jail. Her grandfather residence was actually a bootlegging house where he mixed his potions and individuals drank until they passed out. By the time Rabbit was fifteen, she had two children under the age of two, she was single with no education past the seventh grade. She wanted more for herself and her children but how was she going to get it?
As I read this novel, I could feel the struggle that Rabbit was battling. She felt locked within her situation and couldn’t see a way out. She wanted more for herself and her children but she didn’t know how to get herself out of the spiral she falling into. She knew she needed money but without an education she couldn’t get a deceit job so she did what she saw others doing. She couldn’t think outside her world, she didn’t know how. When she landed in jail, she was exposed to others who gave her the tools to look outside her world, to be resourceful so she could find other solutions but when she was released, she was delivered right back into her old world where she already had a pattern. She needed something or someone to push her off course.
This was an interesting read and I appreciated Rabbit’s honesty to show her readers the life that she led. I found myself agreeing to some of the notions that Rabbit emphasized in this novel, she brought up some fantastic points. I thought Rabbit was a kind soul from the beginning but her situation didn’t allow for it to be revealed until later in life.