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Sarah Burleton , Tanya Eby
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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May 2012
In the blink of an eye, Mom ran up behind me and pushed me into the fence. Instinctively, I reached out my arms to stop my fall and ended up grabbing the live fence. My hands clamped around the thin wires, and my body collapsed to the ground as the electricity coursed through it. I opened my eyes and saw my mother standing over me with the strangest smile on her face. “Oh, my God, I’m going to die!” I thought in panic. Imagine never being able to close your eyes and remember the feel of your mother’s arms wrapped around you. Now imagine closing your eyes and remembering your mother’s tears splashing down on your face as she is on top of you, crying as she is trying to choke you to death. My mother left me these memories and many more during my traumatic childhood. After many years of struggling with trying to understand “Why Me?” I took back control of my life and started saying, “It was me, now what am I going to do?” The answer is my book, “Why Me?”. It is my childhood journey through the terrors of physical and mental abuse from first grade until the day I moved out. It is my way of letting the world know what was really going on behind closed doors.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Corporation; MP3 Una edition (May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145589057X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455890576
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

More About the Author

This was an extremely difficult book for me to write as many of you can imagine. In order to make the reader understand how I felt at a certain age or a certain time, I had to relive experiences that I never wanted to remember again. Many times, I would write a few pages or an entire chapter and then not come back to writing it again for 2 to 3 weeks at a time.

I debated a long time on how much to include in the book. If I were to write about every horrific experience that I had growing up - it would have turned into a 500 page book. I do feel that the experiences I wrote about in the book were the ones that really affected me long term and were ones I wasn't willing to forget about over time. It is because of these incidents that I still struggle with an eating disorder, why I still can't look people in the eyes when I talk to them and why I have such a hard time trusting people. While there were other incidents that would have made my readers cringe and cry (like Mom making me brush my teeth with Comet) - as an abused child - incidents like that were so normal that it all seemed to run together and I couldn't remember how old I was when certain events happened or what house we lived in. I do know that when I talk about my abuse, the incidents I wrote about are the ones I can't let go of and that I remember as if they all happened yesterday.

However, I found that with each word, sentence, paragraph and chapter I completed, it helped me come to terms with the abuse I endured. Actually reading what I went through myself helped me to realize that I really was the victim in the entire situation and that I wasted so many years feeling guilty for something I was not responsible for. If anyone can take anything away from this book - it is my hope that it is inspiration - inspiration for others to share their stories and hopefully get some peace in their lives. After every beating my mother gave me - it was so important to me to find something positive to cling on to - something to convince me to wake up the next morning. It may sound cheesy and silly to some, but that's how I got through it - day after day.

I will never understand why my mother treated me so poorly and I feel I have wasted too much of my life trying in vain to understand. I will however, do everything in my power to help any child suffering as I suffered. I pray for all of you suffering and I love you all.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars and they say adults know best 15 April 2012
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Why oh why do children have to suffer what makes these monsters minds tick. When you read this book you just want to get in and take them away and look after them.However it is also nice to read how all the problems are delt with and how the authour moves on with their life.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An example of the important value of life 17 April 2012
By Angie
Format:Kindle Edition
"Looking back now, I think I spent my childhood paying the price for a hospital nurse dialing the wrong number."

Dear Sarah, writing this book and sharing your personal life experience, sending a message to the world, taking defence of all the children who have lived the same stories, are all evidence that the nurse dialed the right number...

Childhood is the most important phase of our lives, and all parents, even the ones who are not abusive, should become more responsible for every single action or word they say to their children!

So the answer that I gave to the question: "Why Me?" after reading the book is: Because you were able to turn a tragic experience into an example that shows the value of life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In-yer-face book. Brilliant ! 26 May 2013
By Charley
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This book is hard-core child abuse but Sarah tells it beautifully and manages to come out of it as an inspiration to others. Heartbreaking stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Succinct 10 July 2013
By Pius
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I hadn't heard of Sarah Burleton before until my friend from church recommended her book Why Me?, and The Grandmothers by Janvier Chando. I find the stories not only touching, but equally well-written. They make the reader to see things from a different angle. These succinct stories held my attention to the point where I doubted if I paused at all until they came to the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very well wrote 2 July 2013
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This book was very upsetting and hard to believe that this abuse still excited the poor people it affected bad show
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beatings 26 Jun 2013
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I found this book so sad that a mother could treat a child like that with beating after beating and humiliation parents should be vetted I am so glad this girl walked out with her head high
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3.0 out of 5 stars book 20 May 2013
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The book is written well but I really don't know why I bought it as the subject matter is so upsetting. didn't read it all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read 12 April 2013
By Louise
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This was such a horrific story, I felt so sorry for this poor girl, such an inspiring story and what a brave girl.
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Published 5 days ago by grandma alice
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended
Very good book and highly recommended. Very sad and I hope her mother suffers everyday for what she did to her own chikd
Published 6 days ago by sarah
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good Book
Published 9 days ago by Margaret Parfitt
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
I found this book to be both inspirational and heart warming. It's the first book I have ever read on the subject of child abuse that has stuck two big fingers up to the abuser and... Read more
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Published 1 month ago by Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad but good book
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good to read and very sad too and I am glad she made a better. life good luck to her
Published 1 month ago by Lesley walsh
5.0 out of 5 stars fab
Read this book on holiday read it in a day fantastic book. Such a shame what some children go through
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4.0 out of 5 stars A FAMILIAR SUBJECT
I didn't find this book well written, especially at the beginning, I felt the author did not know where to start. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lucinda
5.0 out of 5 stars compelling!
It was such a heart breaking story, I find it so hard to believe that anyone could be that monstrous, especially a mother towards her own child. Read more
Published 2 months ago by bookkeeper
4.0 out of 5 stars Why me.
I read this book in one night, this young lady endured so much pain and suffering at the hands of her mother,it is hard to believe a mother could mistreat a child in this way, but... Read more
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