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Ellen, who's a young woman, lived together with her sick mother and her alcoholic father. Her father was very abusive, both mentally, sexually and emotionally. He was not the father that many read about in story books. Her mother was ill with heart issues and was not very functional. Ellen was convinced her daddy would kill her and her mom. Ellen's mom took a lot of tablets and Ellen attempted to convince her to inhale them up. Her father, who is not concerned in any way, tells Ellen to inform her be, she would sleep it off. Ellen wanted to phone for assistance but her dad threatens to kill her when she's doing. Thus Ellen sat with her mother until she passed. Ellen coped with her hardships better than most young girls. She became a heroine and eventually became good in survival. She overcame great obstacles and struggles, against all likelihood, her way to happiness. The book is a work of fiction that mirrors Gibbons own life. The story is narrated by Ellen herself. It is uncommon for the subject of a story to also narrate. Ellen uses distinct verb tenses, moving back and forth from past to present. Gibbons worried that Ellen was fearful of her mother dying when Ellen would lie near her mom in bed and also check to find out if she was still breathing. This showed that Ellen's anxiety about losing her mother was intense. Gibbons repeats Ellen's fears that her daddy would kill her several times in the Starting as if to tell what occurred next. This is how Gibbons constructed the start of the narrative up, allowing the reader know to expect something. From the novel, Ellen's mother was ill with heart issues. Maybe Ellen's mom wanted to die as her husband's personality was so mean. When Ellen sat with her m.. .