Personal Rating System:
Character Development – *****
Plot – ***
Flow – ***
On a review site:
This book is different than anything I have ever read before. I guess it is because the author opens up and shares her story with no reservations.
It will make you want to cry for the author when she was a child and reach through time to give her a heartfelt hug.
The other thing that is unique is even though I do not personally know the author in real life, after reading this book I feel like she is one of my close friends. (Of course, she probably doesn’t feel the same way!)
True stories always bring things to another level for me, and this book was no exception.
If you want to be inspired by one persons true story of how she rose above her situation and bettered herself then this is the book for you.
This an an unforgettable book, and I am sure I will be reading it again. I will DEFINITELY be on the lookout for other books by this author.
Simply put this is my story. I have led a life filled with tragedy, neglect abuse and more. I have decided to lift the veil. Family secrets are told, skeletons taken out and the story told. Originally I began this project for myself. I had no intentions of publishing or doing anything with it. Then the more I thought about it the more I realized my story could help someone else. I decided to share my story with the hopes it could bring strength, inspiration or hope to someone else. If nothing else maybe someone may read and feel they are not the only ones or that they are not alone. Each of us has our own story to tell. I am choosing to tell my story to the world. Writing this book has been a journey. Many memories I had to relive while writing. Once again feeling the hurt and anger. But through this process I realized many things and have come full circle. When I began I thought my experiences are what made me the person I am. In the end I realized we are who we allow ourselves to be. We are not defined by our experiences. Reviews: as a reviewer, I would say, that the book offers a sometimes sad, sometime amusing, and often inspiring look at the tragic struggle than so many children face when raised by incapable, indifferent parents, those adults imbued with a sort of structural selfishness imposed by condition, society, and inability. What then makes this story most significant, is its demonstration of how this structureal selfishness, this inheirtance of poor and cruel parenting, and insect like survival can be spontaneously broken — whether it be by intelligence and insight, higher evolved empathy, or the foturne of the right combination of influences. In this regard, the book illuminates the depth of the pain and struggle, and the meanness of the adults in the main character’s young life, all the while reminding us through her first person narrative that instead of identifying with her aggressors, instead of passing on the parenting skills she was taught by example, she reached perhaps into her books, into examples of other lives encountered, but most definitely into her self to find a better way.I can read (and write) the most skin-crawling fiction without flinching, Linda, but when I peruse a true life account of an abusive childhood it always makes me weep – I’m a big softie, I guess, and a sucker for maltreated kids and underdogs of all kinds. In this case it was where little you was caged in with Uncle Bastard that brought the tears of anger, sympathy and empathy rolled into one..**
This is so moving. You convey your experiences and feelings as a neglected and abused child so well. **Linda, wow! It’s a great, tragic, but compelling story all the more compelling because it’s true. I loved this and will go straight on to the next chapter. **This shows the strength of human nature and I can’t help feeling the overwhelming sense of accomplishment you must have for writing your story. Not only can it help others to remember that they’re NOT alone. I have so much admiration for you, it’s impossible to put into words, but suffice to say that your gritty determination to endure and make sense of your early years shines through the entire story. You are an inspiration.**Wow, if you had told me this I couldn’t even have begun to imagine what things would have been like for you, but reading just one chapter of your soon to be novel opened up a whole new perspective for me.**This is really well written. There’s so much insight and depth of feeling, of being there. Its authenticity is undeniable and this allows the reader to bond with your story. The voice is pitched perfectly and while it’s filled with sadness, there’s that feeling that the narrator is going places with grades to match and dreams to conjure. Brilliant.**I am very impressed with your writing. It is poignant, sadly true to life situations,and yet interesting enough to read in spite of the worrying moments.**Keep it coming, I think you have a fan club here!