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I Think I'm OK [Kindle Edition]

C S Kenny
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In 1970 I volunteered to leave my family home and enter William Henry Smith School, an institution for maladjusted children near Brighouse in West Yorkshire, I was 11 years old.

After almost two years it became apparent that I had exasperated all efforts to control my behaviour and was no longer welcome at the school. This was a pattern which continued for the next few years of my life.

I was moved from a children’s home in Bradford to a secure unit in York from which I managed to escape on two occasions. I was then sent to an Approved School in County Durham.

As incredulous as it may seem, at the age of 14 I was expelled from the Approved School and returned to another children’s home back in my home town of Bradford. True to form I was kicked out of this home too.

The above is pretty much the sum of my family and friends knowledge of my childhood, and to be fair, it’s hardly surprising that I was judged, frowned upon and quite often avoided like a crusty pair of Y fronts.

I am now 53 years old and have managed, thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, to obtain official records held about me from those early days. I have also managed to acquire the cojones to let all and sundry know the truth.

As I have used my real name, I felt it was only right that I use the real names of other guilty parties, the ones who should have known better.

If you are interested in reading a true, openly honest, occasionally sad yet often humorous memoir, please do buy my book, “I Think I’m OK.” I assure you it’s far from a ‘misery memoir.’

Oh, I guess I should point out that there are a few of them there naughty sweary words included . . . sorry about that.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 315 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Publisher: (21 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078T06RI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #122,259 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VERY BRAVE 27 Mar. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
What drew me to this book was that it is set, primarily, in West Yorkshire where I was born and have lived all my life. I also went through the care system many years ago, so can relate to this book.

Once started, I read it through within a day or so it's an easy read, not the subject matter of course, much less to have lived the life. Christopher Kenny doesn't 'wallow' (in pity) in fact he takes quite a humorous approach. It's an excellent read and one I would highly recommend.

What a brave man you are Mr. Kenny, you have my utmost respect and admiration for turning your life around and having the courage to write your book. I hope it does prove cathartic for you and also helps to draw attention to what problems existed in the care system and serves to raise awareness and help changes to continue to be made.

How poignant so much of the writing is, one passage states - 'The saddest part is that as kids in care we knew it, we knew people thought of us as the lowest of the low....' The shame and guilt that can be carried around for years and even lifetimes by children who go through such treatment is shocking. I hope that shame and guilt is firmly passed to the named and shamed in this book, where it belongs. Although at times I think Christopher Kenny has been extremely forgiving to people who let him down badly.

I for one have no problem whatsoever in believing every word he has written.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars None 24 Mar. 2012
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I downloaded this book after seeing it plugged by an old school friend on facebook.
I'd been looking for something different to my usual genre so thought I'd give it a go.
I was taken in right from the very beginning. It's easy to turn a blind eye to the fate of kids from broken homes. some adjust well, others not so. My own upbringing was one of both mental and physical abuse, social workers and foster homes. After reading this it became obvious that I had a lucky escape.
There are still many things I don't talk about so for Mr Kenny to be able to write about his experiences in such a candid manner is nothing short of remarkable. His story doesn't pull on the heartstrings so much as open your eyes to what was (and still is) so very obviously a failing system.
More needs to be said and done to improve the 'care' that children receive when admitted into the system.
I take my hat off to you Mr Kenny. Long may you continue to enjoy life and family x
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Kindle Edition
I downloaded this as a freebie but I would happily have paid for the privilege of this insight which Mr Kenny recounts. Sometimes it's easy to avoid something which we know is going to be uncomfortable. I downloaded this thinking that the synopsis was promising, but I found the cover compelling and the imagery presented remained. For me, that's a cover which speaks to the potential reader. A small child shutting out the wider world? What's going on?

So I read the book sooner rather than 'sometime'. And I'm so pleased I did. This is not a joyful read. Don't get me wrong, it's an honest account and it's not all a doom and gloom 'my life was awful' read. Mr Kenny has given what seems to be a thoroughly frank account of his life. His world and experiences differ from the norm, but he expresses his view of the world in a way that almost normalises some of his experiences.

One of the reasons that I tend to avoid a book like this is that I don't know how to deal with the impotent anger that it leaves. We're not talking about Dickensian Britain here; this account relates to a time we can all relate to personally. The institutionalised attitudes prevalent, and recounted largely without animosity then, remain now. How can a so called civilised society allow such abuse to continue? How can so called professionals justify their rationale and subsequent actions? It's OK as long as you blame the victim. Mr Kenny's book is a not always an easy read, but it's honest. And for that I applaude him and I urge you to read a memorable account of the so called care services in modern Britain. Please don't be fooled into thinking that because the events depicted here took place some time ago that there has since been a quantum shift.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read!!! 6 April 2012
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Absolutely brilliant book!! I could not put it down. i love the way Christopher Kenny is so honest about his life, the book is hilarious at times actually made me laugh out loud. i love the way he worded it and some of the comments were so funny, "I'm not doris stokes" or "should have gone to specsavers". I was chuckling, on the edge of my seat, biting my nails, pulling my hair out and cringing all the way through this book. i enjoyed reading the book as it reads as though he was actually speaking to you. it was one of those books that you just jumped straight into and it grabbed you. His life is so interesting and amazing how he went through so much but now he leads a normal life. i could really relate to some parts of the book and it has actually made me think about writing my own book, especially the reason for writing the book. its is an amazing read and i highly recommend it.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sad but often humorous story 6 Mar. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I "bought" this book when I noticed that it was being advertised as free for the kindle. Being the 'tight bugger' that I am, I thought why not download it. The book starts off very entertainingly and you see Chrisopher as you do many kids - the loveable rogue. Without going into detail, there is a sad (probably life changing event) that happens to Christopher and having a 9 year old son myself its easy to think about what it would be like to my own son. Christopher, thanks for sharing your story and I hope that karma takes care of things
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 days ago by alphahobbit
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read
I read this book in less than 24hours. Very interesting and honest. Credit where credit is due. Highly recommended x
Published 1 month ago by Jodie Richelle Barrett
3.0 out of 5 stars It highlights the terrible things that went on behind the closed doors...
This was, at times, a humorous account of a childhood in which the author was constantly let down by adults who should have been there for him. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Laura N Bren
5.0 out of 5 stars get it
very good but quite sad and also funny in parts and is a fantastic read.
Published 2 months ago by david howarth
2.0 out of 5 stars Qwendysg
I found the book to be very tedious and slow even predictable at times. I really didn't enjoy the book I didn't even bother with the last few pages and that's not something I do... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. G. S. Dogaci
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
What a brilliant true story, wrote so honestly through the eyes of the writer, what a shame for your terrible beginning but well done for turning things around just shows that it... Read more
Published 2 months ago by kirsty samantha stone
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 2 months ago by Elsie
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Having been through the care system myself, and the dysfunctional family too, I really think good on you Chris. It's well written and honest and I thoroughly enjoyed every page.
Published 3 months ago by Julie J
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Thought provoking
Published 3 months ago by L. J. Roach
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
I really enjoyed this book some of it was hard going but these things did go on and it is great that Mr Kenny had the guts to write about his experiences.
Published 3 months ago by Ang Cardiff
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