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The Girl Nobody Wants - A Shocking True Story of Child Abuse in Ireland

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  715 Ratings  ·  73 Reviews
"It's my 40th birthday today and I'm trying to smile, but as I look in the mirror all I can see is an empty shell, someone waiting to die... You could never tell that anything was wrong with me by just looking at me, as I dress clean and I keep myself tidy, and I have a smile on my face that hides my emotions and over the years I've become an expert at hiding behind it" Th ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published February 1st 2012 by Troubador Publishing (first published September 27th 2011)
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C.C. Cole
Jan 11, 2012 C.C. Cole rated it really liked it
I finished this disturbing book yesterday and spent today thinking about it. When I downloaded the cover for this post, I saw a one-star review where a reader says the story isn’t true. Two points I’ll make up front:

1) I wasn’t there, so I see no reason to disbelieve the writer unless some other information comes out.
2) Whether or not the story is true or false, here’s a truth: There are people in this world that consider those that cannot help themselves (children, vulnerable adults, animals) a
Apr 06, 2013 K rated it really liked it
This is a hard book to rate. Yes, the writing is not grammatically correct or "proper" in many ways, however it reads like a testimony of someone who suffers mentally. Those with PTSD, psychosis, or other mental ailments may understand the rapid, lengthy, rambling/racing thoughts one gets in these states- This reads like someone is speaking to you in person in such a state. Admittedly, it took me a while to get used to this, there are a lot of "and then", "but" or fragmented sentences. If you st ...more
Apr 30, 2012 Lori rated it really liked it
It's hard for me to give this book an "I loved it" rating - simply because of the content. My mind is blown away that this type of abuse can still go on in the world. I consider Ireland and England to be highly developed countries and to know that this went on not long ago and by soo many ignorant ignorant people and the Church just makes me want to cry. It took only one person to save Lily from this life - imagine what her life could have been had someone stepped in when she was 3 or 4 years ol ...more
Jul 01, 2012 Christine rated it it was amazing
I ready this very quickly. I couldn't put it down. A page turner. It pulled so many emotions from me. Sadness, anger, shock, regret, happiness, the want to protect, plus so many more. An excellent book. Its such a shock that people could be so mean, cruel, and heartless to little children.
May 25, 2012 Michelle rated it liked it

This book is incredibly hard to read, both in grammar and topic. Some reviews felt that it was made up because things didn't seem consistent (as in on one page she had no hair and a few pages later someone was pulling her by the hair)-I'm thinking that it was more because the timeline wasn't clear and consistent. It jumped around through different ages very quickly. This book was not edited well and the run on sentences and spelling and grammar mistakes made me insane at times.
Karl Wiggins
Mar 01, 2015 Karl Wiggins rated it liked it
I Don't believe it.

I don't believe it for two reasons. First of all, this woman claims to have been sexually abused by just about everyone she ever met. Let's list them: Her stepfather, her older brother, her sister's boyfriend, the boy at the farm, the lesbian nuns, and the priest who was a brother of the nice family. There's another one, I'm sure, but I lost track. And then the ones who didn't sexually abuse her kicked her, hit her (daily), locked her in cupboards, fed her vomit, gravel and as
Jan 20, 2012 Summerc79 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We have all heard of child abuse and been horrifed by it. In recent years, some new cases came to light, including the "Ireland Church Scandal". How can anyone not be disgusted by what some human beings inflicted on innocents?
This book hit me in the guts. From a literary point of view, it is a bit naive, not very polished. But I think this is what this sort of book needs. It needs to be raw, to be about fact and not about florish. The fast that the story is told at the 1st person makes it all th
I really don't know how to rate this book . All I can say if it's a real story ( I don't know why an author would lie about it being real) I feel so sorry for lily. With every page i read my heart shattered into millions of pieces. I feel like killing her mother for being so negligent of her own children How could she ?? She just let a 2 year old free on roads for full day without food and water and that to on daily bases !!!!! God Some one should shoot her !! and her step dad That manic SOB!!! ...more
Ruth Turner
Aug 31, 2014 Ruth Turner rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned


If I could rate this book with no stars, I would.

It's appalling.

For a start, it's badly written, really badly written.

Then, she was abused by her older brother, her step father, her sister's boyfriend and approached by a nameless black man with his hand in his pants. All in the first chapter.

Another thing I have a problem with is the author's vivid recollections of abuse from when she was three or four. This quote was in relation to her first sexual abuse by her sister's boyfriend "it looke
Christina Brendible-martinez
Great inspiring book on just how much a human can handle. I started to read this book and found myself always thinking, this book could not get worse and when it did I just really reflected on how cruel humans really are. Lily has such courage to write what happened to her and to do it with such entailing detail. I felt myself with a lot of up and downs reading this book, I cheered for her victories and wept with her during her miseries.
Aug 17, 2012 Misty rated it it was amazing
This is a very emotional book about a girl who was abused too many times to count. In this book this woman does recount her abuse history in detail so keep an open mind on how she and her other siblings felt and coped during these horrific encounters. This is a good book and gives an understanding of how abuse victims feel and have to grow up dealing with this trauma.
Kerry Jones
Nov 24, 2014 Kerry Jones rated it it was amazing
A fabulous though disturbing read. Almost brought me to tears (takes a lot). Would definitely recommend this book.
Denise Kuntz
Mar 03, 2013 Denise Kuntz rated it liked it
This book was very hard to finish due to all the abuse that Lily dealt with all her life;however, I did finish it. There are so many cruel people in this world,this is a true story.
Aug 14, 2012 Dana rated it liked it
Some of the things in this book seemed far-fetched, but overall it was pretty good. There were a lot of grammatical mistakes.
Jaz Sinner
Mar 19, 2014 Jaz Sinner rated it it was amazing
Breaks your heart to read this story it's truly amazing what humans will endure to continue to live
Aug 30, 2014 Courtni rated it it was amazing
I never write reviews for books that I read but this book was amazing. Not amazing in a happy way but amazing as in very touching and moving. As I read this book I began to realize that I need to cherish life and how good I had as a child. We all have problems growing up in life but to not have a childhood is not right. It is cruel that her family got away with all the harmful stuff they did to her and how no one stepped up and made it stop. No child should be treated that way and no adult shoul ...more
May 06, 2014 Amanda rated it really liked it
I'm not even sure if the word shocking does this story justice, it's beyond shocking how so many people hurt this poor girl and it's amazing that she is still alive. I feel extremely sad for her as she has to continue to struggle and live with the horrible memories that will haunt her for the rest of her life. I hope she can find even just a little bit of peace and a break occasionally from the sadness of it all. It's a sick and twisted thing when people hurt children and it makes me sick to my ...more
Natalia Vargas
Dec 16, 2014 Natalia Vargas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't put this book down!!

The things that the children in this book went through completely broke my heart. It only took me one day to read it because I just couldn't stop. I cried while reading it and I have never cried from reading a book. I thought this was such a good story. I hope that Lily has found some peace in life. I also hope that all of those who abused her rot in hell.
Lexylith Ium
Jul 11, 2014 Lexylith Ium rated it really liked it
The fact that this book is based on true events is mostly shocking. You have to keep wondering how people can get so cruel, and how so many of these cruel people can concentrate around one single person. I also kept asking myself, why nuns (and all the other abusive people of course) - but especially the nuns, got so much pleasure from inducing pain. And how can it be, that in such 'closed societies', abusive and hurtful behavior becomes the normality of everyday life? What drives people to beha ...more
Jun 19, 2015 Tracy rated it really liked it
This book was difficult to read. It was written by a survivor of horrific abuse in her own home and then later in the catholic institutions in Ireland. It probably took me a few days to recover after reading this book. It was just too heartbreaking!!
Georgiana Romanovna
Mar 19, 2014 Georgiana Romanovna rated it it was amazing
Had I known how horrific Lily's story is I am unsure as to whether I would have read it. I don't run from the cruel realities of life, but I also don't make a habit of running towards them.
I have read that some people do not believe this story to be true - I do believe Lily. There are some things one cannot make up from thin air, and Lily's emotions, even as she grew older, were those of someone who had been abused beyond human bearing.
For those who disbelieve her - ask yourselves if you are a
Leeann Sheriff
Dec 07, 2015 Leeann Sheriff rated it it was amazing
I do not know if this or 'A Child Called It" By: Dave Pelzer was worse. This was a very descriptive, years to year story of Lily O'Brien as she and her 11 siblings had been removed from the family in some way. Sent away to their alcoholic father in Ireland and ending with all taken by social services to live 9 agonizing years in a convent while they were sexually, emotionally and severely physically abused by the different nuns.. The remaining of their lives are nothing but negative as they wish ...more
Brandy Carrillo
Mar 25, 2013 Brandy Carrillo rated it it was amazing
This book was so heartbreaking! I couldn't even imagine what this woman went through as a little girl. I do feel at times she should have told the authorities what had happened to her and her siblings sooner than later. The police were involved in a lot of the story while she was an adult, and that's when she should have told them the truth about her previous abuse. Language was a bit hard to follow at times. But other than amazing book!
Nancy Osberg-otrembiak
I really wanted to rate this book five stars because of the bravery shown by the author to put down on paper all the horrible circumstances of her life. I do not know how I would have had the courage to do that if it had been my life.
But part of the rating,I believe, should come from the purpose itself, and while the book was engaging, the purpose was lacking.
Without a purpose rating included, it would be five stars.
Janice Mcconnell
Apr 19, 2014 Janice Mcconnell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I don't know what to say. I was shocked that anyone could allow this to happen to a child over and over again. This poor girl and her siblings never had a chance. I thought when they went to live in the convent, life was looking brighter. I was so wrong. I was sickened by the nuns' actions. I pray Lily has finally found peace.
Tianna Marie
Jun 12, 2013 Tianna Marie rated it it was amazing
OMG this book was so sad. How could one child go through so much abuse. A child is supposed to be surrounded by love. The author suffered through TREMENDOUS amounts of verbal and physical abuse. Some at the hands of family, boyfriends, and Catholic nuns. This book is a true story and it will open your eyes to some of the horrors in a foster care system.
Jo Sorrell
Dec 31, 2013 Jo Sorrell rated it really liked it
I just finished The Girl Nobody Wants: A Shocking True Story of Child Abuse in Ireland. This is labeled as biography. If it is all factual, I don't know what kept this child alive. The book is VERY GRAPHIC. It reads more like a journal and the writing is not the best, but it will keep you reading to find out what happens to Lily O'Brein.
These children who have continually been subjected to physical, mental & sexual assaults by adults, are angels upon this earth. I cried and was actually physically sick during my read.People at my job said I looked horrible and I was so very depressed by this book. I cannot imagine how these actions can actually happen but I know they do.
This book is so sad

To sit and read the torment and hell that children went threw at the hands of so called nuns , family and is so unbelievably horrifying. This book will bring tears to you as you are taken threw the life of Lily and her siblings. This is one of the most horrific books I have ever read on child abuse.
latrice Simmons
Mar 19, 2015 latrice Simmons rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This was certainly a good read..... I myself had a horrible childhood ... that as u rightfully said... still play in my head.. but, one thing that help me and still is helping me... is accepting Jesus Christ as my PERSONAL LORD AND SAVIOUR. Try Jesus today. You will never regret
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