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She is of mixed heritage but appears that her grandparents were good people even though her mother's parents kicked her mother
June 25, 2018
Wow. Daniella is an inspiration. It is hard to believe that someone could go through everything that she has and still triumph over her upbringing. She was abandoned over and over by her mother who got pregnant at sixteen by a juvenile delinquent teenager. She is of mixed heritage but appears that her grandparents were good people even though her mother's parents kicked her mother, Josie, out when she got pregnant. At least Daniella had a personality and spirit where two different families that she was dumped on loved her and wanted to adopt her. I believe with the loving spiritual personality that she has it has helped her to overcome the hell that she went through as a child. There were people in her life, like the two foster families that wanted her to Gina, her mother's friend and the mafia guys, Big Al and cohorts that treated her well and loved her. Her father Nickie was a beast from hell that made her life even worse when she met him as a young adult. If Daniella could triumph over her "raising" no one should have an excuse to blame their childhood on why they ended up becoming bad people. Maybe if her mother's parents wouldn't have disowned her, things would have been better for Josie, Daniella's mother. Maybe it wouldn't have made a difference. Whatever happened Josie made some really bad choices but Daniella has a forgiving heart and was able to at least understand why her mother did the things she did.
It was a hard book to put down, and there were parts where I wanted to say, "No Daniella, don't do that, " because I was pretty sure it would end up badly and I was right. It was sad though because someone who was trying to do right trusted their father who was a horrible person.
I would like to add though that she had some really good influences in her life, with friends that helped and families that were genuinely good caring people. It is nice to know there are families out there that take in kids and want the best for them. I hope that those people read this book and see how much Daniella loved and appreciated them, and how they influenced her to have the self-esteem that helped her to overcome her horrible lineage.