"Shameful Beings" by January Joyce

Shameful Beings by [Joyce, January]

Twenty-four hours from now, I'm slated to be executed. I guess that’s the way it has to be to make them happy. I’m guilty, okay. There you have it, my big confession. I haven’t always been a good person. I’ve made mistakes, done bad things, and made wrong decisions. I wasn’t a good daughter. I was a terrible sister and the worst possible wife. I’ve betrayed all of the people who trusted me. I’ve deceived my friends, my family, and my coworkers. But what I did to get here, now that’s a different story. I broke the law and am guilty of doing a lot of dumb things, shady things even. But if you knew anything about me, you’d know that everything I did that got me here, I did for a righteous reason. I did it for her. So if you've got a little time, why don’t you sit back and let me tell you a story. Let me tell you how a nice naive girl from Bakersfield, California ended up in a crazy little place like this.

This book had so much action and good intentions skidding sideways that it completely held my interest; I read it within a 24-hour period. There was a lot of violent descriptions, and I personally don't care for that but was able to skim over those pieces and not lose any of the story. Right to the very last second, I still wondered if there was a happily-ever-after in store for Ronnie. I felt sorry for her because it seemed she didn't have much control over anything in her life. When she did have control, she made bad choices, but in her final moments, she felt the ends justified the means, and she made peace with her actions. I guess in a way, that was her happily-ever-after. I enjoyed this book and recommend it.


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