Sold by Patricia McCormick, is a dramatic story, told from the experiences of a small and innocent thirteen-year-old girl, who lives in a remote village in Nepal.
Lakshmi is her name; she lives with her mother and her little brother in a very impoverished village that suffers from a lack of opportunities and community development.
Lakshmi makes us fall in love with her beautiful descriptions of what it is like to live among the mountains and the wild nature. In turn, she lets us know the troubles of living in such an arid, rustic and sometimes even cruel environment, especially when there is no father to help with the upbringing and with the family.
´´She grows up in the shadow of an unhappy and evil stepfather.´´
This book is written in a fascinating way, from my point of view, because it is short in each chapter, but very deep in the words and arguments of each of the few pages that each chapter has.
In general, we are used to reading long stories that sometimes only have a lot of words and letters that leave us incomplete, but Sold is special, in two pages you get to read words and perceive unimaginable feelings, such as the hardships that go through. families in the different seasons of the year and how those same seasons bring with them different diseases, which tear boys and girls from the arms of their mothers.
In Sold as much as you can read and imagine the beauty of the mountains, you can also imagine the horror of abandonment, waste and betrayal that a girl experiences, when she discovers that she will not work as a servant.
For the person who has daughters or sons and who reads this story, it can surely give them nightmares, just by imagining everything that such a young and innocent girl experience.
Believe it or not, Lakshmi has a more powerful inner strength than the strongest monsoon.
I invite you to read it, you will not stop reading once you start it.
Thanks to my friend Eva Brioso from #Eunoia who lent it to me.