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5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic inspiring read, 26 Dec. 2007
This review is from: My Name Is Angel: A Traumatic True Story of Escaping the Streets and Building a New Life (Paperback)
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. One of the best autobiographies I have read all year. Beautifully written, fast paced and easy to follow - a real page turner.

This book deals with crack and heroin addiction and Rhea Coombs does not hide the true facts at how terrible and soul destroying an addict's life is. Rhea was not only an adict but a dealer as well and you can imagine the kind of people she dealt with. Rhea does not hide the fact that she turned to prostitution to pay for her drug habit and her memories of this time are truly heartbreaking. You feel genuine sorrow for the author when she describes the time she ran away from a relative's car and hid in the bushes when she realised her son was sitting in the back, she couldn't bear her son to see her in such a state.

Rhea should be applauded for her strength of character and sheer determination in tackling her withdrawal of drugs, She succeeded where many fail.

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Initial post: 17 Feb 2010 22:30:16 GMT
I am suprised that this woman managed to get a book published,i personally have no pity or admiration for this girl,she prostetuted herself,burgled the vunerable begged on the steets and sold herself for a quick fix.Many fall on bad times but her way of life and the shocking way she led her life even before she was a drug addict is disgusting.I have no pity or sorrow for people like this and for her to write a book about it all is of no help to any one,Regardless of her new founded life I think she should hang her head in shame and not prosper from her disgusting past.drug addicts of this type are a menace to society and certainly will not influence me in any way,perhaps she should consider giving some of her prosperity to the ones she robbed

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Mar 2012 15:15:11 GMT
Last edited by the author on 9 Mar 2012 15:24:28 GMT
Small minded is all i can say to wife of derek's, If you didn't enjoy the book fair enough leave at that! don't make a personal attack towards the person. It takes great courage and strength for someone to turn their life around the way rhea has. Not only that she admitted to her mistakes and is sorry for them and she has learned from her mistakes and went on to help other people in the same situation she was. Yes drug addiction is frowned upon, and it isn't a nice thing to be involved in. But for whatever reason that person has for getting involved init for, at that moment in time that might be all that is keeping them alive or from doing worse. If you have never been in that situation your self you cant really judge that person for their actions, and everyone is different. Rhea should not hold her head in shame, because she has come out of it a better person and helped alot of other people on the way. You should be the one holding your head in shame for being so small minded and judgemental. It takes people like Rhea to help make small changes in this world.

On top of that you should be ashamed of yourself, this kind of personal attack could send someone of the rails, and back to square one.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Feb 2014 08:09:06 GMT
Gary Selikow says:
Wife of Dereak, it is you who are a terrible person. People who have no compassion for the more vulnerable and those on the edges of society should examine themselves to see how pprefect they areally are.
It is girls from broken homes and who had terrible starts in life who find themselves caught up in prostitution. Prostitution does not harm society only the women invloved. Rhea is an amazing example of how someone can turn their lives around and should be an inspiration to anyone in trouble or in despair or who feel on the margins.
Its the way we treat the most vulnerable in society (including prostitutes and those addicted to harmful drugs) that defines us as a society
The Bible itself holds up as an example of a women of valour Rachav whjo turned her life around and went for selling her body as a prostitute to being a shining example of courage and faith
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