Forged By Fire
By Sharon M. Draper
The book quickly got to the story line of a three year old getting abused, watching his mom doing drugs, sleeping with different guys everyday, leaving him home alone, failing to change his diapers, burning him with her cigarette lighter, and other horrible punishments. His mom was finally arrested for her lifestyle and he went to live with his aunt. His aunt had a heart attack and died. He then had to move in with his mom, who had since been released from jail, his stepfather, Jordan who is abusive to his half sister Angel.
"He was tired of being scared and depressed and worried all the time."
"With the Flames and fear behind them, Gerald and Angel rode together to the music of the sirens which had decorated their past and would forge their future."
"The only thing that kept him from bolting out of the hospital door and down the street into the darkness of forever was the warm little hand that held his, passing its fragile strength to him."
Gerald loved his half sister and endured physical and emotional abuse to stick up for her.
Gerald was devastated when he learned his aunt passed away. This would change his life forever. He feared going to live with his mother and stepfather.
Burned his house down
Gerald was left alone at the house, while his mom goes and buy drugs. He found a lighter and started to play with it. He caught the curtains on fire and this was why his mother was finally arrested.