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Book Review: Why Me?; By Sarah Burleton

rate } ♠♠♠♠
genre } non-fiction | biography | child abuse
release day } 27th September 2010
publisher } Kindle
format } e-book
isbn } B0044UHV9U
pages } -
source } bought
age group } pg 13+
interest } young adult | adults
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2 Why Me?
By Sarah Burleton

Via Goodreads
In the blink of an eye, Mom ran up behind me and pushed me into the fence. Instinctively, I reached out my arms to stop my fall and ended up grabbing the live fence. My hands clamped around the thin wires, and my body collapsed to the ground as the electricity coursed through it. I opened my eyes and saw my mother standing over me with the strangest smile on her face. “Oh, my God, I’m going to die!” I thought in panic.
Imagine never being able to close your eyes and remember the feel of your mother’s arms wrapped around you. Now imagine closing your eyes and remembering your mother’s tears splashing down on your face as she is on top of you, crying as she is trying to choke you to death. My mother left me these memories and many more during my traumatic childhood. After many years of struggling with trying to understand “Why Me?” I took back control of my life and started saying, “It was me, now what am I going to do?” The answer is my book, “Why Me?”. It is my childhood journey through the terrors of physical and mental abuse from first grade until the day I moved out. It is my way of letting the world know what was really going on behind closed doors.

My 2 Cents
The only reason I've picked up this book was... the reference Amazon Kindle was giving out via my account. (after reading The Child called It) I was in a what to read next dilemma since I was reading the last book through like a breeze. I couldn't just ignore the eyes on the cover.

So first impression was.. What the hell? Another memoir of a mother willing to beat her kid senseless? Not just physical, but emotional and mentally as well. She was also taught to shoplift. Her mother lied to destroy her socially as well. What irked me was when she gave her mother a second chance and her Mother just blew that one too. I didn't get how she won't take the way out, but I guess she was in a deep dilemma. Hardly anybody believe her, and with the ones who do, are just helpless.

Emotions aside...This book felt emotionally detached regardless it being a memoir of what was an abused child. Maybe she wished to just get through the book done and over with, I guess. It was a fast read.. but I ended up thinking she's way too focus on her everyday beating. Somehow keeping anything else in arm's length.

Overall, I hope the best for Sarah Burleton.

Btw: I found out there’s a sequel for this, “What It Is”; and I have started reading it. So far, all the absence of emotions has been showing up in this book.

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