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The Bravest Thing You'll Read This Year,
This review is from: Disruptive: How I triumphed over years of abuse from those who were supposed to protect me (Paperback)
This is the story of Angela's struggle to survive a childhood of cruelty and abuse. You're with her every step of the way as battles her problems both external and internal. There is no doubt about the sincerity or honesty of the book and yet much of it almost too horrific to believe. In laying herself bare Angela uncovers issues of care and abuse that the reader may not want to know, but should know. It's clear the book was cathartic for her to write as I imagine it will be for anyone else who has suffered in similar ways. For the rest of us it leaves us with an uncomfortable feeling that we should be doing more to ensure such terrible events are never visited on children.
It's not a cheerful read, but Angela is a woman and child of spirit. She is never self-pitying and despite all she has been through maintains a level of human compassion that many of ordinary upbringings never achieve. However horrifying this is ultimately a success story of a woman who against all odds succeeded in creating a happy and meaningful life for herself.