Beale, Fleur. I am not Esther.

Author:MacGregor, Amanda
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

BEALE, Fleur. I am not Esther. Hyperion. 250p. c2002. 0-7868-1673-2. $6.99. JS

Fourteen-year-old Kirby is used to being the one in charge. She takes care of her flaky mother, manages the house, pays the bills, and does the shopping. But all this changes when she finds herself unexpectedly thrown into a new life. Her mother suddenly and mysteriously has to go away, leaving Kirby with relatives she never even knew existed. These relatives are members of Children of the Faith, a strict religious cult. Kirby is forced to adhere to the Faith's rules and has no contact with anyone she knew in her old life. She is no longer in charge of her life; the Faith controls what she can wear, what she can say, and what she should expect out of life. Her relatives rename her Esther and she struggles to deal with her two identities. She repeatedly asserts that she is not Esther; she is Kirby. But eventually, this distinction begins to break down and she is forced to reconcile the two...

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