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Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA) Entry - this eBook is a sample of the first 3,000-5,000 words- it is not the full book. The ABNA contest is operated on Amazon.com only. Visit this entry on Amazon.com to leave customer feedback. To vote for theMoreAmazon Breakthrough Novel Award (ABNA) Entry - this eBook is a sample of the first 3,000-5,000 words- it is not the full book. The ABNA contest is operated on Amazon.com only. Visit this entry on Amazon.com to leave customer feedback. To vote for the Grand Prize winner starting May 21, visit www.amazon.com/ABNA.Pretty with a fist. Thats how her opponents would describe Jemma Dalembert. Those who dont want to kill her. Shes only sixteen, but Jemma Dalembert will devastate you if you cross her. Why? Because she can.Jemmas life is one lived on the gritty edge of think faster than the other guy. Nothing comes easy to this 21st century Eponine. She cant read. No school wants her because she has anger management issues. Her family are unemployed fishermen from Downeast Maine who have come to the big city to survive any way they can. Jemma runs numbers for her dad. She also fights for him in the world of underground fist fighting. When her father and boyfriend Joey Squeeze steal the winning lottery ticket from another criminal enterprise, Jemma takes the fall and goes on the run. Fleeing to Boston, Jemma has a single thread of hope: find her older brother, her idol, Rich who has taken up the life of a professional fighter. Only Rich is no longer fighting. Rather, he is on a steady descent into schizophrenia, forcing Jemma to take an offer from a local mixed martial arts promoter. Fight for him. Win for him. Do whatever it takes for him.BECAUSE I CAN takes the young adult novel into the adult world. It is dark, brutal and physical. It is Jemmas mantra to a world that seems to despise her. Her father has warned her to trust no one. As the cops close in, as the fighting promoter does all he can to corrupt her innocence, Jemma finds love and fights back. Her fearlessness may get her killed, but her greatest sacrifice awaits. No one is as tough and resilient as Jemma Dalembert.