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Damaged: The Heartbreaking True Story of a Forgotten Child

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  9,546 ratings  ·  644 reviews
Although Jodie is only eight years old, she is violent, aggressive, and has already been through numerous foster families. Her last hope is Cathy Glass. From the Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling author.
ebook, 320 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by HarperCollins (UK) (first published August 6th 2007)
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Paul
Are we now living in the age of Full Disclosure when everything is revealed about what people do to each other, the real truth about what human beings are? When it comes to dresses being paraded with presidential semen stains still upon them, or the latest youtube viral video horrors, you may think so. But - although it seems we have reached a plateau I think there is a way to go. The misery memoir, of which A Boy Called It is the ur-text, is a step along the way. Misery memoirs - my Waterstone' ...more
Jody Skalski
I read this book pretty quickly as I couldn't put it down. This is a disturbing story to read. I am sometimes asked why I read such "deep" books. I have always had an interest in troubled, needy children/teenagers; the way the brain functions just fascinates me. I always find the books such a wealth of information when dealing with children with difficult pasts. I will say that this story and its details was very difficult for me to read, in relation to this young child and what she has endured. ...more
Love
This book it is kind of hard to describe how it made me feel....Mad, sad. How could any system just kind of look over things like this. Out of all the books I have read on this subject matter, this has touched beyond belief. I understand a little more about post tramatic disorder because of it though. I don't want to spoil it for anyone just think anyone that can handle reading such descriptive accounts of abuse should read it. I do like the writing style and the author makes you feel the pain o ...more
'Ailina Willis
Though not eloquent, Glass's writing is sensitive and solid. The sheer depth of the experience is the crown of this book. I couldn't put it down. I was desperate to read Glass's conclusion, for better or worse.

The chronology is tight and thorough, fulfilling the reader's need for detail. Glass exposes her experience honestly, which allows us to inhabit her home during her tumultuous time with "Jodie," the abused child in her care.

On the downside, Glass made it almost too clear her strong feeling
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Karen
I am not sure of any other way to rate this book.

This book is about a girl named, Jodi, who enters the foster care system at the age of 7. Within 4mo she has already been through 5 foster homes. There is little hope for her, until Cathy steps up and agrees to take Jodi in.

When Jodi first enters Cathy's home she is very violent and rude. In fact, over the year that she is with Cathy that never completely goes away and as time goes on we start to see other disturbing behaviours from Jodi.

We will a
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Audra
Writing was so-so... I think that there are better stories of the realities of being a foster parent. This felt more like "LOOK AT ALL THESE TERRIBLE THINGS! LOOK HOW BAD THE SYSTEM IS! LOOK HOW DAMAGED THESE CHILDREN ARE!"

Why this story? Why these events? Plus, disassociative identity disorder is highly controversial, and I found the portrayl to be quite stereotypical, as if based on a movie or Wikipedia entry. I also strongly disliked the discrimination towards people with disabilities that r
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Beth
This is the 'first' (as in the first written, not chronologically) book by foster carer Cathy Glass, and of the three I have read so far this is by far the most harrowing.

The story concerns an eight year old girl named Jodie, who has come into Cathy's care after being kicked out of 5 other foster homes in four months. She is an extremely disturbed child, and we don't fully begin to understand the reasons for this disturbance until some way into the book, when she begins to disclose the horrors o
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Ashley
I decided to read this book because anything that has to due with psychological issues is an interest to me so I'm usually drawn to books about it. As you can see from the description, this book is about a foster mom named Cathy, who takes in a very disturbed child that has very unusual and bad behavior. Jodie is 8 years old but doesn't have the mentality of an 8 year old at all. Her learning and motor skills aren't developed, and she is very violent towards herself and others. This is all due t ...more
Michelle
Damaged
Cathy Glass
True Story
309 pages
copyright: 2006
isbn: 978-0-00-723634-3

Cathy Glasshad fostered fifty children over twenty years but none of themn had been as disturbed as Jodie, a troubled eight-year-old whose violence and aggression had seen off five foster carers in just four months. When Jodie arrived, Cathy had no idea what lay beneath Jodie's shocking behaviour, which included smearing faces all over the house, erupting into violent rages and even cutting herself. Little by little, as J
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Shelley
I always hate saying that I really liked a book like this. It was an awful, sad, tragic story that made me so angry and made my stomach turn. But it was well written and told a necessary story of a child who went through unspeakable abuse by her parents. Her foster mom, Cathy was so patient and kind and gave so much of herself to the care of Jodie. I admire anyone who could do that. I for one would have found the parents and shot them on sight. Working in an educational setting I think teachers, ...more
Lola
You'll like the picture on the book cover of the pretty little girl; then you'll notice the tear
on her cheek. Cathy Glass has fostered over 50 children but this story of Jodie may be her hardest. Jodie comes to Cathy to be fostered when she's eight years old; already many foster parents have given up on her; some as quickly as in one day. She smears feces all over, has violent outbursts & kicks Cathy's three older children. She gets withdrawn & doesn't respond to anyone or anything; she
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Jeannie
Feb 06, 2010 Jeannie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in child welfare issues, child abuse
This was such an intriguing book, I couldn't stop thinking about it whenever I had to lay it down. The author is a natural story teller, the book is filled with her and her family's emotional pain while fostering a little girl named Jodie. She will quickly draw you into the sad and tragic life of this little girl. Even though I suspected what had happened to Jodie, when it was revealed in the book, it sent not only dread but shivers of fear through me to know that this happens and is happening t ...more
Nikki Finn
Možná vás ani nebude recenze zajímat. Možná vám ani tohle téma nic nebude říkat. Možná jen přejdete očima po obálce a půjdete se raději podívat na nějakou tu dystopii či fantasy. Možná byste se ale měli zastavit a věnovat se chvíli následujícím řádkům, protože dost možná, se něco podobného může dít pár metrů od vás.

Když se mě přítel zeptal, zda je tahle kniha opravdu tak dobrá, že jsem ji - na můj vkus - přečetla v rekordním čase, nevěděla jsem, co odpovědět.

Cathy Glass je pseudonym, pod kterým
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Sammi
This book was so easy, yet so hard to read.
The writing flows well and isn't too intricate, but the material it covers makes it incredibly hard to read without feeling completely upset or disgusted.

This true story follows the life of Jodie, a troubled girl with a terrible past - but is shown through the eyes of her Carer. This, to me, was quite refreshing. When reading books of this nature I have generally only read from the point of view of the child, so this new perspective was very interesting
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Alexandra
Feb 10, 2011 Alexandra rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like Torey Hayden's books
Shelves: books-i-own, abuse
yes i'm already finished with the book, and considering the time i started yesterday and the time i finished today, i finished in about a day. the first book i remember reading on these subjects was 'one child' by torey hayden and from that moment i was hooked on these types of books and for some reason i like books where there are stories of struggle, or sadness and hardships.i don't think i completely know why, but i do know i like them because when there about children like the little girl Jo ...more
Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
This is a difficult one to review. I'm not easily disturbed and find this genre fascinating but I think that this may have slightly crossed the line for me. I realise it's true life, but I did find this book to be quite graphic. I know it sounds harsh as it's true life, but I found it difficult to connect with Jodie and sympathise with her - her behaviour was completely out of control and, quite frankly, disgusting at points. I found Glass to be quite annoying at points, repeating the word 'swee ...more
Jessica
I went into this book expecting the usual abuse story. Child is hurt by family member, social services intervene, foster parent saves child and everything is perfectly fine.

What I got instead was a true story about a young girl who had grown up knowing only pain and torment. Becoming violent and hostile against other people Jodie was passed from one foster carer to another and in only four months had gone through five carers when Cathy was called.

Cathy had dealt with challenging foster childre
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Rachel
The author of this book; Cathy Glass, tells the story about one of the foster children that she raised. It is shocking, heartwarming, and quite a tear trigger. Throughout this book, I had to keep reading to find out how Jodie's life would turn out. Little by little Cathy Glass reveals horrifying details about Jodie's past, and even though up until this point all you knew was that she was a horribly behaved child; you can't help but be able to look past that and see that there is a reason that sh ...more
Alicia Castilleja
This is a story about a young girl named Jodie. She is an eight year old girl, who is mellow and isn't outgoing what so ever. She is going through a very difficult time. Jodie has had to move in to a foster home, due to the troubles with her parents and many of the other problems throughout her childhood. It is very sad, because of the fact that Jodie is only eight years old.

In this story you will learn that Jodie has been keeping some things(secrets) from her assigned social worker,that shoul
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*•.♥.•*Sabrina Rutter*•.♥.•*
Cathy Glass wrote this book in a way that pulled you right into all of her feelings in dealing with Jodie one of her eight year old foster children. I came away from this book horrified, shocked, and angry. Cathy Glass has more patience than I could ever have and thank God for that! She is definantly in the right field of work!
What could make a child so angry, unresponsive, and damaged? Well, you'll have to read the book to find out.
Erika
This book was one that really tugged at my heart strings. As someone that has worked in a group home and have known teens and adults with behavior issues I could relate in some ways. I cannot even imagine fostering a child with such needs, but knowing you still were able to reach them in some ways. It was a wonderful book that was so well written.
Mercury Marrero
Feb 02, 2013 Mercury Marrero rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents, abuse victims, foster parents
Took me 1 day to read. I couldnt put it down. The story is both horrific and yet heart warming at the same time. We need more people like cathy in the world. It really touched me and I even cried.
Sylvia
I don't know if I am going to be able to finish this book :( but I did!! I couldn't put it down.. Such a heart wrenching story, I was in tears so many times!! God bless you Cathy!
Jennifer Lopez
Excellent true story. Very heartbreaking at times but a great read.
Eva Leger
Damaged is very, very frustrating. The authors problems with Social Services and the authorities who are supposed to be there for these children is enough to make you want to pull your hair out.
I said this in my review for Hidden but I want to say it here also - Glass is very open about everything it seems she can be open about. I've seen a review or two from people who apparently think she's too hard on Social Services. I have to assume these people have never had to deal with the government "h
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karri
Generally, I don't write reviews, but in this case, I feel torn about this book.

I found this book incredibly intriguing. I was hooked and couldn't stop reading it. While the writing does come of as a bit self-congratulatory a lot of the time, the story is mesmerizing and if it is true, the author should be praised for her astounding patience. At the same time, I found my interest in this book disturbing. Our society's rapt attention for reading about or watching news stories related to pedophil
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Tanya Brown
This book made me so angry as to how the system let this poor individual down. The case workers are so overworked and even with a thick file, the case was just passed along. Something really needs to be done to fix this. And the amount of time it takes for a child to get any kind of help once a problem had been identified. I felt so bad for Cathy who tried so hard to help this child, she and her family really went through a lot and I know myself, I would not have had the patience to deal with su ...more
Carrie
How do I even try to explain in words how completely disturbing this story was? On about 10 different occasions, I almost had to close the book and stop reading so I would not either vomit or burst into tears. The things that have happened to Jodie (pseudonym) are so beyond understanding. How could another human being do the sorts of crude and disgusting acts upon their own child? The amount of sexual abuse that comes out in this book, all verbalized by Jodie herself, are graphic and I guarantee ...more
Thera Rhodes
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Cathy Glass is a bestselling British author, freelance writer and foster carer.
Her work is strongly identified with both the True Life Stories and Inspirational Memoirs genres, and she has also written a parenting guide to bringing up children, Happy Kids, and a novel, The Girl in the Mirror, based on a true story.
Glass has worked as a foster career for more than 20 years, during which time she ha
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