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The Character: A Diary of an Abused Child (Child Abuse True Stories) [Kindle Edition]

Tiffini Johnson
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Book Description

Intense. Painful. Inspiring. This is a book that will rock you to your very core.

Based on the true story of the author's own traumatic childhood, "The Character" is 10-year-old Anna's daily journal through an ordeal of horrifying sexual abuse - and her redeeming friendship with the mysterious storyteller named Ash.

To read it is to bear witness to the plight of a helpless young girl, faced with unimaginable difficulties. The result is that you'll find yourself growing with her; standing by her side through her suffering, and ultimately, sharing in that remarkable transformation that is both the only hope and the only salvation of the abuse victim: transcendence.

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About the Author

When she's not acting as a canvas for her girls to paint upon, searching for creepy crawly bugs or found playing any number of imaginative games, Tiffini can be found writing. Writing has been a part of Tiffini's world for as long as she can remember. She is the author of over 100 books, including 3 published. The majority of her books focus on childhood trauma and the children who must overcome it. She is also an avid reader, horseback rider, chef. She soaks up country music like sunshine and currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee. You can find out more about Tiffini through her website: or Facebook.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 475 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Child Abuse True Stories (31 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C4MD1IA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #158,543 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Character 21 May 2014
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This book is emotionally draining and the story gripped me from the start. It was written fantastically about how a Father could violate his ten year old daughter and how she copes with what is happening to her.

Tiffini Johnson is an awesome author, maybe if more people read her books, and actually thought about how this happens to our innocents...........maybe just maybe we could become more vigilant.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me. 24 May 2015
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Although the abuse the child went through was so very sad I just had to skip a lot of this book as I did not want to read all those children's stories. Sadly the book only gets 2 stars from me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Despair and hope 17 Mar. 2015
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Such a wonderfully told story about a subject which sadly in many cases is still kept behind locked doors- I cried many times reading this-
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed every minute of it 5 Nov. 2014
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A wonderful story of a girl coping with a horrible situation that could quite easily have broken her spirit.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Tough read 5 July 2013
By Sc30 - Published on
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I purchased the book weeks ago and still haven't managed to get through it. It's a very tough read, lots of run on paragraphs about seemingly nothing substantial. The first section of abuse is haunting and disturbing which almost turned me completely off to the book. Not to diminish her abuse, this girl went through an awful life, the book tells a good story but the writing takes away from it. Hopefully I will finish it one day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Heartrending Story 11 Sept. 2013
By Michael J. Tucker - Published on
This novel will make you cry.

Told in a first person narrative by ten year-old Anna, the story is about sexual and physical abuse. The author has accurately captured the voice, grammar, and life of a child trapped in a nightmare where morning never seems to come and reality fades to what the mind imagines or denies. It is a painful read that will touch your emotions as you feel Anna's loneliness, betrayal, guilt, shame, and pain. Stay with it and you will be rewarded in ways you could not have imagined.

The Characters

Anna - the ten year-old narrator
Ash - Anna's imaginary friend
Daddy - Anna's father
Mama - Anna's mother
Emily Grayson - a classmate
Miss Sarah - a child psychologist/therapist
Mrs. Keller - Anna's teacher
John - Mama's new friend

The Story

The prologue opens with Anna sharing a memory of the day her father took her swimming. It is a nice memory and we learn it is the only good memory that she has of her father. We quickly learn that Anna was seven years old the first time her father abused her. Trapped alone with him in the evenings while her mother works as a nurse she shivers in her bed as she hears floorboards creak and doorknobs turn.

Ash becomes a necessary companion and confidant ready to share stories and encourage Anna to write stories of her own. The stories are parables that shine lights on happenings and offer possibility and hope. Ash encourages Anna to write. And write she does. Everything goes into her notebook. But writing about everything can sometimes become a problem.

I encourage anyone in contact with children to read this novel. Ms. Johnson's offers an accurate portrayal of signs and symptoms of abuse. The work would also lend itself to therapy sessions helping victims to understand that they are not alone.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 24 Jan. 2011
By yybutterfly - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I was so touched I cried through most of this book but it helped me to better understand someone special in my life that I have tried for years to understand... Thank you for writing this book, I know it will help others too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Character 27 April 2010
By Mootfowl2 - Published on
I knew from the opening sentences the "general" direction of the tragic road young Anna would be forced to walk. To what depth she would have to go before coming out on the other side, however, is something that has to be read to be believed.
Throughout the entire horrible time in her life, Anna walks that road with an "imaginary" friend who is arguably as important to the plot as Anna herself. The wonderful antithesis of those who used her innocence, or forgot who she was in that dangerous cauldron she found herself in. The bright light in her life.
The voice of Tiffini Johnson is sure. Her plot is riveting. Her characters--though we must loathe the worst of them--have real life. Truly an amazing book. Out of five stars, I give this incredible little book six. A must read.
3.0 out of 5 stars Trigger warning to childhood abuse survivor's 17 Jan. 2015
By Kendall - Published on
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It is written as if 10 year old was writing. It gives details of the sexual abuse suffered at the hands of her father. It's hard for me to believe that this abuse began at 10 years old. I would bet it started much younger, and as result her imagination would have developed parts to take the abuse or she would have not been able to function. I realize this is not a true story. For readers who are not accustomed to believing childhood sexual abuse happens, this book would be an eye opener! For those who have suffered from this, the details could be highly triggering. I know from experience.
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