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Call Me Tuesday

4.12  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,776 Ratings  ·  142 Reviews
When eight-year-old Tuesday Storm's mother, Rose plunges headfirst down a flight of stairs it's the second-worst thing that ever happens in Tuesday's life. The first? Rose survives. In this based-on-a-true-story novel a now-grown Tuesday recounts, with raw emotion, her sudden “loss” of a nurturing mother and the tragic years to follow living with the monster in her mother’ ...more
ebook, 328 pages
Published March 7th 2012 (first published February 15th 2012)
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David Gregory Lloyd
This is a book which is difficult to read at times - for the pain in the writing is so poignant and artfully expressed. A pain that most people would probably want to forget and leave behind. But the author knows that she has a story to tell, a story that needs to be told, so that others may be spared the trauma that Tuesday went through. Which requires remarkable courage, in going through it all - not once, but twice - this second time page by written page.

We usually view motherhood as somethin
Mar 07, 2012 Meagan rated it it was amazing
Call Me Tuesday by Leigh Byrne is one of those stories that really pulls at your heart-strings when you read it. It's the story of Tuesday, and her relationship with her mentally ill mother. This book was impossible to put down. From the minute I picked it up I was hooked on Tuesday's story and I was constantly wanting to hear more of her story when I wasn't reading. The incredible abuse that she went through was terribly sad and made me cry more than once while reading. You don't think about ho ...more
May 11, 2012 Lili rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I opened “Call Me Tuesday”, began reading and couldn’t put it down. If this story is of the author’s early years, then I am so sorry for it: for a childhood lost, for the emotional hurt and for the pain. I cried more than once during the course of reading this disturbing, sad, heart-wrenching story.
Surely a difficult book for her to write Each word written must have re-awakened, vicious memories of a violent, cruel and abusive
I know that child abuse happens more often than we know, but I still get floored when I read about what some parents put their kids through. It is just hard for me to fathom that such cruelty can be inflicted on the most innocent.

This is the story of Leigh Byrne (named Tuesday Storm in the book), and how drastically her life changes after the death of her half sister who had polio. At the hands of a mentally deranged mother, Tuesday suffers beatings, starvation, being locked in her room and cons
Jaki Young
Mar 12, 2012 Jaki Young rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book & sad at times to think it was based on a true story. Kept me up til 4am reading it all in one day :)
Aug 05, 2012 Whitney rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put it down. Even though there were times I wanted to throw my Kindle across the room in anger and sadness.
Sep 03, 2012 Mayra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A mother suffering from mental illness.

A little sweet girl who wants nothing more than her mother’s love.

Family members who turn their backs to the blatant horror that is staring them in the face.

Call Me Tuesday was a tough book to read. Based on true events, it is a fictionalized story of what really happened to author Leigh Byrne while growing up. It reads like a memoir and in its true sense, that’s just what it is.

Using first person point of view, Byrne recounts her childhood while growing up
May 08, 2012 Pjh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a little girl named Tuesday and the abuse that she endured at the hands of her mentally ill mother. Oh how I wanted to hug her and make the hurt go away. She wanted so badly to be loved by the one person that you think will always love you no matter what. How our lives can change in an instant. I'm so thankful that she found happiness in the end. Looking forward to the next book by Leigh Byrne. Since this was based on a true story I visited the author's website and was pleased ...more
Major trigger subjects in this memoir, physical and mental abuse. If you've read A Child called It, you'll know. The voice in the story was so real. I've read memoirs and you know what, I didn't feel what the author went through. It sounds terrible but not all memoirs were meant to be written by the person who went through it. But this one, I felt everything. The abuse, the humiliation, the confusion of hating and loving the same person, Byrne did it perfectly. Sometimes the reader will think th ...more
Apr 04, 2014 Jan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I grew up in the 70s so I at least understand the stigma on a family with a mentally ill member. Today, her doctors could recommend treatment that was not even considered in that era. Perhaps placed in therapy and provided medication to try and regulate the abuser's violent and uncontrolable actions. The mother's doctors would have been more proactive.

That being said, I felt like the author wrote in a rather disconnected manner. She may have been the recipient of the abuse, but I would have exp
Smokerjoerabbit Tong
Amazingly sad and incredibly well written story of severe child abuse. All too often these cases fall through the system or the parents are believed over the child victims, still to this day I find that hard to figure out why. Not everyone has "perfect parents". Looking forward to reading the follow-up book Call me Cockroache.
Apr 14, 2015 Beachreader rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Call me Tuesday

This is a tragic story that is full of emotion. It is not easy to read, but does leave you with some hope.
Jan 11, 2015 Ashleigh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I don't really know how to review this without sounding like a horrible person. So I'll just come straight out and say it: I enjoy reading the depressing encounters from the victims of child abuse. It's the raw emotion, and more often than not, the admirable courage from the victim at the end to try to overcome their abuse.

So, in saying that ... I'm really disappointed with this book. As the, apparent, best selling child abuse memoir on Amazon, I expected better. I expected more depth.
Dec 06, 2014 Sammantha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers of A Child Called "It"
Recommended to Sammantha by: BookBub

I came across this book through BookBub email. Amazon had it cheap and the reviews seemed to portray Call Me Tuesday a great read. Ebook read of course. It sounded to me like a very interesting read so I purchased it right away. It was a simple & easy read. It keeps you interested and wanting to read more.

The book is based on a true story about the author Leigh Byrne. She explains her story of her as a child growing up with her mother, father, disabled sister, and two brothers. Her mother's
Denise MacDonald
Mar 29, 2014 Denise MacDonald rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I commend the author for sharing her story and pointing out the flaws in a system that is supposed to protect children from abuse. As I read her story I was overwhelmed with anger at not only her entire family, who were a part of the abuse by keeping quiet about it, but at the social service system and especially the school system. Didn't the teachers, who seen her everyday, notice the difference between her and her brother? Why didn't they see that she was so thin and starving, wore ill-fitting ...more
Feb 22, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: women-writers
Call Me Tuesday is a terrific yet terrible read.

8-year-old Tuesday is living well in a middle-class family until her half sister dies and her mother has brain trauma. I'm not sure that either of these things necessarily affects what happens next, but Tuesday finds herself battling child abuse in the absolute worst ways. Her mother physically, verbally and emotionally abuses her, and the rest of her family, particularly her father, stand by and let it happen.

If you are hoping for a happy ending


I read the entire book waiting for the page where Tuesday would be free from her mother. when it finally came I was so happy for her that she would have a real chance at life. but the ending at the gravesite and the birthday party?! I know personally there is no way I could just move forward with a woman like Rose. I can't figure out if I'm happy for Tuesday or upset she never told Rose how she really felt.
Hope McCain
Nov 16, 2014 Hope McCain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I struggled to put this book down. The descriptions of what Tuesday endured over several years of abuse are painful to read, but captivating as you long to be assured that she will eventually break free.

Many reviews criticize the author for not telling anyone and not doing "enough" to get out of her situation. Someone who is abused so badly starting at the age of eight is not likely to have the problem-solving skills to know what to do in such a situation. Even if she had, she was able to see e
Apr 21, 2014 Evette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very sad story

This book was very well written and flowed smoothly. There were times I wanted to jump in the book and strangle the mother for what she was doing to her child. I found myself angry with the father, son's, school officials. How can NOBODY not say anything! Some things were so horrible you couldn't believe they could possibly be real. I just can't understand how someone could do this to their own daughter....crazy.
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
Child abuse is very common topic nowadays but at one time it was considered such a dirty little secret no one talked about. Growing up where you're thought of as trash or unimportant can affect a child's sense of well-being and place in the world. Child rely on us as parents for their sense of worth and importance. To have that taken away is a very damaging experience that has lasting affects well into adulthood. No child should suffer this kind of abuse yet it happens everyday.

Call Me Tuesday
Jan 09, 2015 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is painful! As a guidance counselor, I kept thinking someone would help Tuesday -- her dad, brothers, neighbors, teachers,...... The narrator told the story so matter-of-factly that I wanted to scream at the acceptance or ignorance of people around Tuesday. I did understand that she had much to lose if she tried to get help; she would lose the only family she knew. Unfortunately, abused kids are taken out of their home (as awful as it is) and separated from the people they love (even i ...more
May 04, 2012 Meghan rated it really liked it
Very quick read! Had good reviews and was only 99 cents on Amazon Kindle so I thought I would give it a try. Really enjoyed it but it made me mad, sad..... very disturbing in parts. It sickens you to think this actually goes on in homes around the world. The ending was somewhat of a letdown but I would still recommend it.
Misty Waldenville
Do you ever read a book that sticks with you so deeply that you're not sure how you can move on with life once you've finished it? That was this book for me.
While I won't go into details, I can definitely relate with Tuesday's character. Parts of this book were very difficult to get through because of how triggering they were. While that would turn some people away, this actually kept me reading. The emotions I experienced while reading this book were so raw and defined that I'm still feeling t
Yvonne Sentner
Apr 02, 2014 Yvonne Sentner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome book! what a wonderful way to help others

Great read! Really makes you open your eyes and look around a
with more compassion. this could be your neighbor!
Rachel J.
Feb 13, 2015 Rachel J. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sherri Kent-Roberts
This book kept me up until 2:30 am to finish. True story. Horrific mother. Resilient daughter. Highly recommend it.
Apr 30, 2014 Sherry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tuesday is a strong person to endure what her mother dished out. I totally understand where her resentment of her father and brothers comes in. It is sickening to realize how people cower down to the abuser and let it keep happening. Her father's action of trying to save her by sending money to his brother was nice, but a day late and dollar short. Why do parents think that doing something in the future is better for the kid than protecting them when the harm is being done in the present. Sick h ...more
Debby W
Apr 02, 2012 Debby W rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing, very emotional read that was impossible to put down ! Read it in one sitting.
Jan 01, 2014 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At eight-years-old, Tuesday Storm's childhood is forever lost when the sudden death of her older sister, Audrey, sends her family spiraling out of control into irrevocable dysfunction. In the wake of the tragedy, Tuesday's mother, distraught and looking for a scapegoat, singles Tuesday out from her siblings to take on the blame for Audrey's death, and then targets her for unspeakable abuse. Suddenly the loving environment she's come to know becomes an endless nightmare of twisted punishments as ...more
Another child called "It"

I've co!e to call myself a "trauma junkie". I'm always drawn to stories of addiction, mental illness, abuse, etc. It has to be a form of masochism. By the sheer number of books in this genre, I can't be the only one. This book was exactly what I expected when I selected it: sad, horrific, and everything worked out in the end. The descriptions of the abuse that Tuesday experienced were both sickening and riveting. But the book was also almost exactly like any other I've r
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Leigh Byrne is an American author who lives in southern Indiana. She's a self-described loner and serious NBA fan. Her works include "Call Me Tuesday," a memoir revealing her experiences as a victim of extreme child abuse, and "Call Me Cockroach," in which she details the devastating and often bizarre ways her childhood trauma has influenced her adult life.
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