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Damaged Goods Review

 
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Interesting story with a unique presentation.

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First chapter will turn some readers off.


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Damaged Goods is an interesting story that is pertinent to our times. The tale of small town accidental environmentalists taking on big business and big money is one that many can identify with. While the main character, JoAnna, gets introduced in a way that may turn some readers off, Damaged Goods is definitely worth sticking with to the end.

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Posted October 1, 2012 by

 
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Alexandra Allred brings a tale of environmental chaos, finding yourself after divorce, and…..tampons?

JoAnna Lucas is damaged goods, but aren’t we all? Life can be a bit like the little girl in the nursery rhyme….when it’s good, it’s very, very good, but when it’s bad, it’s horrid. And things are pretty horrid right now for JoAnna. She’s left her horrible, abusive husband in a way that was just a tad too dramatic. So when the opportunity to just pack up everything and start again presents itself, it seems like the perfect opportunity. What could possibly go wrong?

Well, plenty could go wrong, and does…..but it wouldn’t be much of a story if everything was peaches and cream would it? It’s how JoAnna deals with everything – from processing her divorce to taking on the rich and powerful – that defines Damaged Goods. Marcus, Texas is not as it seems. But by the time that JoAnna hears that the people, and animals, in this town are dying of rare diseases and suffering from scores of illnesses at a far larger rate than the general population, she’s dug herself too far into a hole to just climb out and move on. So, JoAnna does the next big thing – she grabs a shovel and starts digging.

What she finds in Marcus, Texas is an environmental disaster, sure; a long-standing and criminal coverup by the rich and powerful, certainly. But what JoAnna really finds in Marcus, Texas is a group of women who help her find friendship, a sense of belonging, and ultimately….herself.

The first test any book has (after getting the reader to pick it up, of course) is to pull readers into the story, right from the beginning. We’ve all read books that couldn’t do this, and it can feel like a chore to read them…..you have to be invested in the story, or you won’t want to read it. Author Alexandra Allred pulls readers into the story, alright, but it is in a way that may turn some readers off. While the story itself is not about tampons at all, the first chapter certainly shines a spotlight on them. While it definitely catches your attention in a unique way, it isn’t for everybody.

Damaged Goods is a good read. Once you are pulled into JoAnna’s world, you are pulling for her right from the start. The story is told from not just JoAnna’s perspective, though. Several main characters get a chance to tell their story, from a crotchety neighbor with one leg to a company man who is beginning to think he should stop drinking the koolaid, you’ll get a look at the story from many different angles. While Allred does a pretty good job of getting inside the heads of a variety of characters, good and bad, it can get a little confusing at times as to just who is talking in each chapter. Still, it all pulls together in the end, in a conclusion that will have readers wanting more.
Damaged Goods is an interesting story that is pertinent to our times. The tale of small town accidental environmentalists taking on big business and big money is one that many can identify with. While the main character, JoAnna, gets introduced in a way that may turn some readers off, Damaged Goods is definitely worth sticking with to the end.

 

Damaged Goods will be released October 11th, 2011, at a retail price of $11.99.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)