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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (24 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780874774
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780874777
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Katie Piper is a presenter and charity campaigner. In 2008 she survived a rape and acid attack that left her facially disfigured. Her moving, BAFTA-nominated Channel 4 documentary Katie: My Beautiful Face was watched by 3.5 million viewers and shown in more than 15 countries, including ABC in America. Katie founded her own charity to help people living with burns and scars and recently received a prestigious Woman of the Year award.

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'inspiring account of courage and bravery - a thought-provoking and emotional guide to coping with trauma' Top Sante.

'You'll be bursting with admiration after reading this touching and truly inspirational book' Closer.

'An inspiring read' Woman's Own.

'Part memoir, part self-help book, this is total inspiration for anyone seeking a way out of despair' Scottish Daily Record.

'a stunning example of triumph over adversity' Scottish Daily Record.

'It's inspiring, honest and incredibly helpful' Mumsnet.

'this book will inspire anyone confronting a challenge' Sun.

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Handling life's challenges, big and small, one day at a time. Few people understand what it's like to pull yourself up from rock bottom better than Katie Piper. Her recovery from a rape and acid attack is nothing short of astonishing. Katie has received countless letters and emails from people just like you who are facing their own challenges; people going through everything from break-ups, eating disorders, job loss and coming out, to recovery from issues such as violence, disfigurement or abuse. Katie is determined to spread the message that, no matter how big your difficulties feel now, there is a way forward. There is help, love and support available to get you through your darkest times, and it all starts with you. In Things Get Better, Katie revisits each stage of her own recovery to show that you are not alone in your feelings. She explains how to take things one day at a time to reach your goals, and reveals how to stay positive and treat yourself with the kindness you deserve. Keep up to date with Katie! @KatiePiper_#ThingsGetBetter; facebook.com/katiepiperofficial; youtube.com/katiepiperofficial.


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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By CSH on 28 May 2012
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On her previous autobiography! I just wanted to point that out...I pre-ordered it expecting that and to be honest, I was disappointed when I saw that it was a self-help book. (I pre-ordered it before a full description was added).

I HAVE NEVER liked self-help books, so was prejudiced against this. Particularly as I felt that my life is pretty good at the moment!

Nonetheless, I decided to pick the book up and give it a chance...wow! I was blown away. It is so relaxing to read and makes some very good points, whilst also being a light read - I.e. not forcing you to delve into your mind.

It has helped me identify several thought patterns I have and Katie has suggested ways to eradicate these and become a happier person. The inclusion of entries from her fans whom are suffering from numerous issues was particularly heart-warming and also shows that everyone is suffering to some degree. Coupled with Katie's down-to-earth writing style and naturally pleasant nature, the book comes across as genuine, and real - unlike some of the other "Self-help books" I have read.

Plus, hearing about many people in different circumstances adds many unique angles and this book can help you at any stage and in any position!

It is very easy to come across as the martyr when writing one of these, but Katie comes across as inspirational and as a good person - just as with her memoirs, "Beautiful".

So, all in all I am very impressed and look forward to finishing the book. I just know I will love it throughout. The fact that she has made a book on a topic I hate - and I still love the book - shows how great it is!

Well done, Katie! Just beware this isn't an update on her life. =)

Hope this helps!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Veronica VINE VOICE on 22 Jun. 2012
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This is a great self-help book and I highly recommend it to anybody who is going through a difficult time. I purchased it after going through a very upsetting break-up, when I felt like doing nothing but lying on the floor and wailing.

"Things Get Better" is tremendously helpful because it goes step-by-step from being at rock bottom to picking yourself up and moving on with your life. Katie's personal story of recovery after an acid attack and rape is very inspiring and also helped me put my problems into perspective. I admire Katie a lot and it would be impossible to read her books without wanting to wish her the very best in life - she certainly deserves it after what she went through and the strength and courage she showed. She is also a very good writer and the book is both readable and practical.

I particularly enjoy having this book on my Kindle, as I have highlighted my favourite quotes and can easily re-read them. I am feeling better each day and I know I will come back to this book whenever I face a difficult situation in the future.

Other books that I recommend for people going through tough times are "How To Stop Worrying and Start Living" by Dale Carnegie, "Life Without Limits" by Nick Vujicic and "The Power of Now" by Eckhart Tolle.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By nathalie on 13 July 2012
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I can't find the words to express how I am touched by this book... I simply couldn't stop from reading it until i was so tired that my eyes closed.. Page after page Katie, like our very best friend, shares genuinely what she went through and how it changed her... She put all her heart in this book to convey how it is possible to believe in life again whatever happens.. she gives us all the tools to do so and is so encouraging...Her words are healing and powerful at the same time.. I got Katie's book because I needed inspiration, I needed energy to bounce as I was feeling like everything was falling apart in my life.. and I found all that and much more in this book. I discovered also an amazing human being. Katie thank you so so much for this beautiful book. It will be a great help and a great comfort to so many people in the world. I am among them :)
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Nancy Buckland on 24 May 2012
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Katie Piper is someone I have been aware of for some time, but I felt I wanted to read this book as soon as it came out as I wanted to know more about her. Even after reading her story, it is still very difficult to understand what Katie has been through. To think that any 'person' is capable of such an attack on another human being is a terrifying prospect. Katie is entrirely honest about the turmoil she suffered as a result about her experiences and this is inspirational for anyone who is suffering in any area of their life. However, Katie talks openly about her road to recovery and with a mixture of surgery, psychological support and of course the backing of her family, friends and supporters she certainly seems to be getting there. 'Things Get Better' is a great read for anyone, at any age, and even though Katie's beauty can be seen from the outside cover, it is when you read her story you realise what true beauty is really all about.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrs B on 23 July 2012
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This girl has been to 'hell and back' but she is an inspiration to us all. She, for such a youngster should NOT have gone through what she did when she was brutally attacked by acid, at the hands of her evil boyfriend and his friend.
This book is NOT about self-pity but more to give the two types of Readers that will read this... The Reader who bemoans about their lot "Oh woe is me I have so much stuff to deal with in my life" AND those that HAVE been through a 'hell of a lot' and need Inspiration. She writes in a VERY positive way that you feel cheered and feel that you could handle ANYTHING after reading her brave story. She COULD have given up and did the 'woe is me' stuff but she didnt and she became an Inspiration to Women AND Men. After reading this you would not bemoan about 'your lot' when you have read this book.
The best way to read this book I felt was when you were low to read a chapter at a time.
Saw a Picture of her recently and she looks 'Radiant', She has the help of her family and she refuses to 'lay down and take it' but rather get up there and 'face the world'!!
There was even a fold over from the front cover you can use as a bookmark as a bonus!!
Great Book that you can not fail to be Inspired by . I recommend it!!
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