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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 23 April 2014
Had this book recommended by a friend to me. I could not put it down.
Such a shocking and disturbing story and a real eye opener. I have a 13 year old daughter myself and will be a lot more wiser now after reading Girl A.
Never thought things like this could happen not too far away from where I live.
Hannah is a true fighter and if it was not for her then these animals would not have been brought to justice!
Well done for speaking the truth Hannah and I wish you all the best in the future for you and your daughter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 27 April 2014
This poor girl's story is absolutely horrific.,Traumatic isn't the word,I kept thinking about my nieces and the takeaways around our way,which is only nine miles from Rochdale. Scary doesn't cut it,this could happen to any impressionable young girls,who are left with no youth clubs,weekly discos or cinema to go to,where else can they go,but the local takeaways,taxi ranks,and bus shelters to escape from the elements.The government needs to be sorting out venues for these kids to go so they'd be safe.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 July 2014
I attended a Child ex Exploitation day recently and the speaker recommended that we read Child A book. I found it sad, it made me feel sick in the stomach but I am glad I read such a important book. I was quite ignorant about this part of society, I am quite streetwise but I was protected as a child. I think we all need to be mad aware that this happens in our world so we can prevent it happening to our innocent young people. well written and a important read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 January 2014
This was hard to read because of the sadness I felt for the poor girl involved, my heart goes out to her for being so brave and honest.
I would strongly recommend this book so we can all be aware of the signs to look out for, I am a father of two girls and this has made me so aware and alert, well done for being so brave, and I pray you and your daughter are well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 August 2015
I felt so ashamed that this victim of such apauling crime was treated in such away as is she was trash on the floor
All MP's and every one in the goverment should hang there heads in shame this proves we do not live in a civalised society
Where all goverments and MP's might just as well commited these crimes them selves as it just goes to show time after time
They and the police just dont care about these victims this is one of the most racial crimes commited our our children in our
Country and its happening all over this country. Lets not hide the fact it is 100% racial hence why the those in power coukd not care
Less about the victims But if it was happening to them you would see action
Lets bring all the guilty to,justice and put them away for life as they have ruined many thousands of lives
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 November 2013
I had of course heard about the Rochdale case and Girl A which is why I chose to read this book even though I knew it could be upsetting.

At first the pace seems slow and it feels as though it is a boring book. But then you find that without you knowing it has crept under your skin and you are hooked.

Maybe this is a small taste of how the abusers got under the skins of their victims: slowly and insipidly.

You will be shocked by this story. How can it have happened in this day and age, and why did it take so long for these girls to be rescued? And is something like this happening to others today?
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on 22 March 2014
This was not something I really thought about as being an enjoyable read, and I was right, but as my future career will bring me into contact with victims such as ‘Girl A’ I gave it a chance. This is really a compelling book once you get past the first paragraph or two. It is written in more of a narrative style, which I guess comes from the fact that she dictated her story to a ghost-writer. Some parts where shocking and others had me feeling angry and frustrated at clear failing by the authorities. This book by far had the biggest emotional effect on me out of all the true crime books that I have read.

It taught me about grooming and what it is really like, as apposed to what you hear about online. I learned a lot about the hold these predators can have without physically controlling them, and how this brain washing works. I did find myself getting angry with her at times and found myself wanting to scream at her when she made, what seemed like stupid decisions. However, I guess this just testifies to the hold that the gang had on her.

The crime itself is shocking and the idea that this can be happening in your, or my, hometown is, well, disturbing to say the least. Can there be any rehabilitation for the perpetrators while inside?

The failings by Greater Manchester Police and especially Rochdale Children’s Services where systematic and shocking. Was this due to them not wanting to open a racial can of worm or was it a prejudice against what they saw as a girl from a ‘poor’ and ‘chaotic’ background? Well I guess we will never know, but they fact the social worker called what was happening a ‘lifestyle choice’ should help realise the answer. In fact, I would go as far as to say, that it seemed the victims social worker had a vendetta against ‘Girl A’. There is no doubt that the abuse that affected dozens of teenagers could have been stopped earlier but in the aftermath of the Baby P scandal social workers were more concerned about cases involving younger children than teenagers. Parents were fobbed off with suggestions that their daughter was simply hanging out with a bad crowd. Yet child sexual exploitation was not an unknown concept to care teams in this area. They first identified girls at risk of grooming in 2007. However, even at the end of 2011 they were still making mistakes in efforts to tackle the problem.

The attitudes of the parents sometimes disgusted me also, I know that they did not know everything that was happening, but the judgmental attitude they held should leave them in shame.

If there is anyone from Rochdale council reading this, then I sincerely hope that you have learnt the lessons needed from this failure. Although I must admit, I am not holding my breath.

Finally if ‘Girl A’ ever happens to read this review, I just want to say that you are a very courageous person and I hope your finally moving on and giving your daughter a better life then you had.

I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 November 2013
I found this book to be utterly compelling - desperately sad, but uplifting on discovering how Girl A ultimately managed to survive.

It should be read by all those charged with protecting vulnerable people in society so they can not only 'think the unthinkable', but have the courage to act - even if it risks opening a politically incorrect can of worms - when they suspect something as ghastly as what appears to have taken place here.

I wish the author - and the other victims - a happy future.

Brian Whelan
Author of Judicial Lies
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 19 October 2013
I have a 12 yr old daughter and will be on guard, especially as we live in a town not unlike the one described in this book. Interesting reading, good luck Hannah and Chloe for the future xx
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 24 April 2014
Brilliantly told. Couldn't put it down. You never realise it could be happening in your town. I hope this gives girl A the courage to move on with her life and be successful in everything she does
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