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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 3 June 2013
Having read the first book and feeling greatly moved by it, I was very much looking forward to seeing what happened to Kevin and how the entire situation was handled.

This sequel follows the same diary format as the first book, and is equally as easy to read and well formatted. Although it is easy to read in the writing style, the story itself continues to be heart breaking and compelling. At points throughout the book I was reminded that this is a true story and saddened that a child could be treated in such a way.

I found the character break down at the start of the book very helpful in reminding me of who everyone is as it has been a while since I read the first book. My love for reading results in me getting through rather a lot of books, so remembering details can sometimes be difficult for me, but as soon as I read the character breakdowns everything came flooding back to me, and I was introduced to new people in this continuation.

I don't want to give too much away about the outcome of this book, as I think it is a story that needs to be read and heard about by as many people as possible. It raises issues of child abuse and what you, as an onlooker, can do to help the children. I always thought it would be a simple case of calling child services, but the knowledge I have learnt from the experiences shared in this book have definitely prepared me for what to do should I ever find myself in a similar situation.

Overall, I would definitely recommend reading this book. However, you should read `Momma, Don't Hit Me' first, as it will provide you with the story up to this point.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 23 September 2013
You talking about helping families who need help. Where was your help. I also hope that the money you make from. Those two books go to families or charities who need help. I was troubled with the first book and could not understand why you didn't bang on ann' s door when you heard Kevin scream. I also don't understand why you didn't took pictures when you saw Kevin hanging over the balcony or in his pant on the stairs. It also seem to me that you were very involved in things what wasn't any of your business in what was going on apart from the abuse. ANN also asked you to look after Kevin and you refused, why? Would this not have been the best opportunity to talk to Kevin and to look for bruises. You could not do in over a year what others did in weeks????????
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 29 September 2013
I read both these books as I was mildy curious of the outcome for Kevin. However, the author comes across to me as being an unpleasant individual and I got little feel that she was genuinely concerned for the child, more about judging the family and the neighbours. A comment about the "cheap and nasty" bit of furniture that the family took with them when they moved, summed the author up I felt.

The book was drawn out and full of assumptions. Not worth paying for in my opinion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 August 2013
After reading the reviews I thought this book would be an interesting read. How wrong I was..... The account of what happened could have been written in a couple of chapters. I appreciate it was a diary of factual events, but the events were so repetitive it got so boring when nothing happened, I really struggled to finish book and won't be reading the sequel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is the frist book l have read about what is happening to Kevin l think l would of perfer to read the book was the 1st book frist then this one as Shannon's NH Diaries. Then l think l would enjoy it better then l did do
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on 4 January 2014
It's a shame there isn't more ppl out there willing to fight tooth and nail for innocent victims of abuse - young or old. I am so glad Kevin is on the road to a better life. I hope he has a good happy and healthy life. I genuinely hope his mother n father find peace and begin to build a very broken bridge - not that it sounds as though Kevin needs them now. And lastly I commend you - for doing all you could to help a little boy who maybe would have fallen through the cracks without your tireless help and care for him. You saved his life because maybe without you no-one would have taken a 2nd thought!
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on 28 March 2014
This heart breaking true story made me feel so sad and frustrated for the writer. I felt so sorry that she couldn't get anyone to listen or do anything about the situation in the apartment next door to hers. She risked a lot in reporting the abuse she and her family constantly heard and witnessed day in day out. Ann knew she was being watched yet she still carried on abusing Kevin. I commend her on truly caring and wanting to make sure Kevin was safe even though no one would truly listen at first. I wish Shannon and her family a happy quiet future in their new home.
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on 12 January 2014
I read to the end, but skimmed a lot of this book. It is, as it says, a diary, and not a particularly gripping one. We all know that abuse happens to children, and that often authorities don't act quickly enough, but there was no urgency to this story, nothing to make me feel that I wanted to find out what happened next - it was all pretty much more of the same, and none of it very interesting. I only read to the end because I don't like to be beaten and I just thought it might improve. It didn't, for me.
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After reading the first part of Kevin's story, this title puts the finishing touch on it. Ann, Kevin's mother is still as badly behaved as ever, and eventually, the authorities are brought in to deal with her shennanigans. Kevin is finally given the help he needs; Ann, sadly, ends up incarcerated. Kev's dad also begins to get his life sorted out. You just have to hope everyone makes it in the end. Well written, and I hope Shannon and her family begin to have a better life.
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on 1 February 2014
This is just as gripping as the first one and very moving. Glad it came with a positive outcome before it got any worse then it actually was as you have heard stories like this and then something tragic happened and then it's too late. I hope you do that pippa story as you mentioned it will explain why no one else called the police but I would of done the exact same thing if o was living next door in Shannon shoes and I'm glad you got a happy ending as well
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