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She Wasn’t Allowed to Giggle is a poetry and prose collection that explores the dark depths of domestic violence and child abuse and about finding the light at the end of the tunnel.
ebook, first, 130 pages
Published September 28th 2011 by Self-published
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‘She Wasn’t Allowed to Giggle’ by Lavinia Thompson is an extremely personal insight into Thompson’s abusive past. The raw emotions that permeate this book are shown through each word she chooses. It is not sugarcoated, but left there for the reader to see. The poetry left me heartbroken for her, as I couldn’t possibly imagine what this could do to a person, but I was delighted, thoroughly exultant to witness her triumph over the darkness that had followed her. This was, without a doubt, a very p...more
Wow I was so blown away by this book, for my full review see

5 out of 5 Hearts
Saewod Tice
She Wasn’t Allowed to Giggle by Lavinia Thompson
(Reviewed by Saewod Tice)

‘She Wasn’t Allowed to Giggle’ is a very personal purging of Lavinia Thompson’s dark abusive past. Lavinia doesn’t sugar coat her words or rhyme, but leaves them with the raw emotions felt by a terrified little girl living in a woman’s body. She Wasn’t Allowed to Giggle broke my heart, disgusted me- because of what an abusive adult can do, and made me rejoice Lavinia’s ascension from darkness.

Lavinia provides the reader jou...more
Michele Tater
Book Title: She Wasn't Allowed to Giggle
Author: Lavinia Thompson
Publisher: Self-Published
ASIN: B005qtx282
Reviewed by Michele Tater for The Couch Tater Review

“Domestic violence causes far more pain than the visible marks of bruises and scars. It is devastating to be abused by someone that you love and think loves you in return.” ~ Dianne Feinstein

It has been written that in order for someone to become a survivor of domestic abuse, one must open their wounds and let them bleed. This author as don...more
She wasn’t allowed to giggle by Lavinia Thompson had quite an impact on me. While I was not sexually abused, many of the feelings I felt after being physically and emotionally abused by my adoptive mother are very similar. The author’s feelings and thoughts described at the beginning of each section, could have been written by myself; I felt her agony like it was my own.

After pouring over each page, I wanted to commend the author for discovering a means to deal with her pain and help others at...more
Mandy White
She Wasn't Allowed to Giggle is a disturbing journey of powerful poetry and prose, revealing the author's abusive childhood. I can't imagine what a difficult book this must have been to write but I get the impression that it was therapeutic at the same time. I applaud Lavinia Thompson for her courage to survive and tell the story. Stories like these must be told if we ever hope to put an end to child abuse.
This book isn't for everyone; some may find the content disturbing but I ask that you read...more
Vanessa Largie

It's only when one discovers authors like Lavinia Thompson, that one thanks the world for self-publishing. What a courageous act 'She Wasn't Allowed To Giggle' is. The book is a combination of diary entries/prose and poetry.

Thompson bravely tells of her journey through sexual abuse (at the hand of her mother's boyfriend). Even for someone like me, who has written and read a lot about the subject - a large portion of the book is very very confronting. But be brave and keep reading and see what t...more
Brenda Perlin
"Orange sun sets ripped at the horizon
and the world's end.
Somewhere over the sea
no one is hearing me...

"She Wasn't Allowed to Giggle" is written full of heart. An emotional journey that can had to of come from deep within. A haunting journey that comes from life. At least that is how it comes across. The poetry pulled me in and made me feel. I love how the author is able to share parts of her soul, in doing so she does it in a relatable way. Though dark at times, this is done with deep raw emoti...more
Haley Whitehall
Powerful, touching poetry. Each poem is well written. Reading this book was a moving experience. I highly recommend poetry lovers check this book out.
Lavinia Thompson presents a book that isn’t meant to be read and enjoyed. Like Wintergirls, Crank, or Inexcusable, She Wasn’t Allowed to Giggle takes the readers to the dark galleries of life. No one sits and reads these books and says “wow, I enjoyed that.” Rather, books on the harsh realities of life and the tragedy and trauma caused by mankind are written to expand our horizons and complete our perspective.

At least, that is the goal. In She Wasn’t Allowed to Giggle, we see the effects of dome...more
A.R. Von
An emotionally gripping collection of poetry with add in's of the reasoning before and after each part of the book. Lavinia share's with us her feelings and self battles she goes through as she lived with what has happened to her. I can think of many that should read this. It helps to know one is not as alone as they feel when they have been involuntarily violated and there is nothing wrong with expressing and voicing how you are feeling.

I have to thank you Lavinia for sharing this with us all....more
Amy H
this book was the worst book that i have read all year! thank god it was a free book on amazon or i would have wanted my life back for buying it.

don't get me wrong, sexual abuse is a serious thing and shouldn't be taken lightly. i don't even think a EMO or goth would want to read this book.

this book is 95% poems about dark shit, i mean nothing! and 5% on around about what happened and that she needs help and blah blah blah.

so, if you going to write a book about something serious, please, please,...more
Dan Trivates
A shocking look into the psyche of a victim of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Also, the sentiments in this book are vividly portrayed in her novel: "Legend of Kawilara". Everyone needs to read these words, and understand the seriousness of abusive situations, before even attempting to understand what these people go through.
This is full of raw, unsensured emotion--a rare, honest look into the heart and mind of one who has experienced extreem domestic and sexual violence. Some of the poetry may not be completely polished, but as a result, the honesty seems even stronger for it. I cared for the author and her experience from page one.
Powerful and heart wrenching. Thompson gives an intensely personal look at life as a child who was abused as a child by the same man who abused her mother. She also shows how she overcame her past through poetry.
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I am a 23 year-old hippie who is just discovering what life really is. My heart is entrenched in novel writing. I am pursuing a dream of being a full-time novelist. It’s the beginning of a journey that I have always dreamed of. I have risen from a dark childhood of domestic violence. I faced that monster in my closet and am now writing about it. I watched my mother be tortured for almost ten years...more
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