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3.0 out of 5 stars Something different..., 19 Feb 2013
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This review is from: Against All Odds: The Most Amazing True Life Story You'll Ever Read (Kindle Edition)
Firstly, I admire Paul's bravery in creating a good life for himself despite his totally deprived and abusive upbringing in a children's home, no one would have blamed him for ending up wallowing in self pity on drugs and alcohol, or even dead like so many other children in his shoes. I also find it amazing that he had the courage to share his story with us in this book and also in front of the public and the courts that eventually brought some justice to those that inflicted this ghastly ordeal.

The reason I gave it 3 stars is because, whilst fortunately for him he wasn't put through as much abuse as some of his friends, it also meant we didn't really see as much insight into what it was really like to be molested by a pederast and the like first hand and what psychological effect this type of abuse had. Paul was fortunate to some extent in that he was a fighter, he fought back and through sheer will and determination refused to let the system beat him, somehow creating a somewhat normal life for himself. This was not the case for his brethren in care with him and it would have made for a much more insightful piece if we could have been given a feeling for what it was like being inside some of their heads.

Overall a sad book, I was horrified to learn this sort of institutionalised abuse happened not too far from where I live and definitely an eye opener that I would recommend. It left me wanting to learn more about some of the other victims that suffered even worse abuse.

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