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People who attend the Massachusetts School for the Feeble-Minded knows it is a place where no one wants to be. The young women who live there certainly don't want to be there. Maxine has to protect her younger sister Rose from mean attendants and older girls who like to bully the weak. Alice has to fend for herself after her brother couldn't support her because of her club foot. London was dragged to the school after one unexpected moment in her life. Each of the four girls is determined to change their fate, no matter what happens to them.
The novel was an interesting and unexpected read. Sometimes, it's hard to imagine that we make progress when we are now having "The first woman to do/win" or even a person of color to be the first. After reading this novel, I am truly glad I was born in this era, otherwise, I would surely have been deemed a moron, imbecile or idiot. It's hard to imagine what these people suffered through just because they were labeled as "different". However, there were a few things I didn't like about the book. I wasn't fond of those endings where the reader gets to decide what happens to the characters. I wanted to know what happened to them. I wish there were more details on London's foster guardian and I wanted to know what happened to her.