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Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill by Crack Books

Lullabies for Little Criminals Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O’Neill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Just finished Heather O’Neill’s Lullabies for Little Criminals last night and wanted to get a few impressions down.

1. A 13-year old heroin junkie? Call me na├»ve if you must, but somehow, I wasn’t buying this. Also…
[SPOILER ALER!]
2. I *really* didn’t buy that Alphonse just conveniently up and dies when Baby was most in trouble. A little too neat an ending.
3. Also, what kind of parents don’t take in a 13-year-old girl who comes in the middle of the night to their house, saying she’s been locked out by her stoner father? Xavier’s parents are clearly assholes.

But other than that, I found this book quite compelling and, oddly, a very convincing portrait of Montreal’s scuzzy side.

Terribly sad, though, the way it seemed to be based on real-life experiences. Or, at the very least, observations of some very troubled children and the society that doesn’t give a damn about them. Particularly the parts involving the detention center.

A must-read for all Montrealers, and anyone who believes childhood is a time of innocence.

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