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The Girl in the Well Is Me: 08/09/16
In 1987 a toddler named Jessica McClure fell into an abandoned well in her aunt's yard in Texas. For three days the story of "Baby Jessica's" ordeal was the main story on every single national news outlet.
The Girl in the Well Is Me by Karen Rivers is an updated fictional ordeal of an older girl falling down a well in a case of hazing going horribly wrong. Kammie Summers, once one of the popular girls herself, in a different city and a different time, before her father was arrested and the family assets seized, now has to start over.
It seemed like a dumb, somewhat embarrassing request, but a harmless one. She was supposed to stand on an old plank in the middle of an old plank and sing Christmas carols. She wasn't supposed to fall into the well beneath the plank.
Save for the last chapter, the entirety of the book happens while Kammie is down the well. By making her older we're given more insight into her life and the circumstances that lead her to the abandoned well. We also get a very personal account of what being down the well is like. We as readers are as much the girl in the well as Kammie is.