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Dysfunctional: The Root of Betrayal

3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  48 ratings  ·  15 reviews
In Tamara's Brown's case, the root of her problems began at the moment of conception. Her father or his family didn't want to acknowledge her as one of their own. After giving birth, Jeanette came home from the hospital and handed her baby to her mother to raise because she was leaving town with her boyfriend. Tamara watched her grandparents struggle to raise her along wit ...more
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published October 13th 2010 by Authorhouse
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Tamara Brown has come from a long line of deceit and secrecy. With no father in sight and a mother who gave her up shortly after birth, she is raised by her grandmother until her teen years. Suddenly, her mom decides that Tamara must move back home with she and her boyfriend. With not much respect for the person who left her, Tamara is viewed by her mother as a problem child. Tamara is made to handle all of the household chores and deal with the advances of grown men in her home. The conditions ...more
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Deeply Disturbed

Tamara Brown was raised by her grandmother until her teen years. This is when her mom decides it's time for her to come back home. In addition to abandonment issues, she returns to deal with several forms of abuse. What happens when one internalizes so much disappointment?

Tameka Oliver has penned a story that demonstrates how deeply affected an individual is by dysfunction. Tamara Brown didn't have the typical childhood. Even though I didn't always agree with Tamara's actions, th
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Tamika Sims
Dysfunctional by Tameka Oliver-Hicks was phenomenal! I was so caught up in the life of Tamara Brown that I escaped reality for a while (sorry son).

It is a definite page-turner and the ending BLEW MY MIND!

Tameka did a GREAT job!!

Expect great things from this author.
Cherese A. Vines
Aug 27, 2012 Cherese A. Vines rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: urban lit, drama drama drama!
Full review to come later. But this was a hard book for me to rate. It just barely made 3 stars for me.
*Updated*

Dysfunctional is the story of Tamara Brown from her early teen years through her early twenties. She gets a diary for her fourteenth birthday so the reader is able to follow her exploits. This includes more than dysfunction. I believe Tamara is psychotic. This drama-filled book has calculated revenge that includes murder and abuse to which Tamara doesn't bat an eye. When I first starte
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Tamisha
I read the version of this book that has has Dysfunctional one and two. Dysfunctional is not really a strong enough word to describe Tamara and her family! I didn't like Tamara at all in the beginning but soon discovered the cause of all her craziness was not just her, it was inherited! She had been abused, raped, molested, neglected, and used and it turned her into a hardened person. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned however and she exacted the most vicious revenge on on her nemesis. She w ...more
OOSA
Deeply Disturbed

Tamara Brown was raised by her grandmother until her teen years. This is when her mom decides it's time for her to come back home. In addition to abandonment issues, she returns to deal with several forms of abuse. What happens when one internalizes so much disappointment?

Tameka Oliver has penned a story that demonstrates how deeply affected an individual is by dysfunction. Tamara Brown didn't have the typical childhood. Even though I didn't always agree with Tamara's actions, th
...more
Tremayne Moore
This is one of those Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde stories. I read this story and was thinking to myself, Tamara Brown has ISSUES. But this is what happens when her mother Jeanette never wanted her daughter (Tamara). Dysfunctional is full of drama (with some scenes very comical).

Questions that were roaming through my mind (hopefully they'll be addressed in her second/third book) were as follows:
1. Will Tamara get help for the abandonment she suffered?
2. Will the law ever catch up to Tamara?

Another
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Michelle Johnson
I really enjoyed this book. This book I could not put down because of the all the drama that took place. I was kind of frustrated at first because the book had errors but I was informed that a new edited version was able to download so I deleted the old one and received the new and boy was it on like popcorn. To avoid spoiling the book for others, all I can say is if you have the old version, request the new one and enjoy. I loved reading about this dysfunctional family. I know it is fiction but ...more
Kellee
The grammar in this book was horrible. I did my best to overlook that and read the story and it took me quite some time. The story was all over the place. There were over 15 characters and most of them had small meaningless parts. Some of the characters names were mentioned, but you wouldn't find out who they were until pages later. The one thing I can say is this book is filled with non-stop drama from the very beginning to the end. Just be prepared to switch topics and characters quickly.
Sherry
The book is about a girl who is victim of mental, emotional, sexual abuse, abandonment and her determination to avenge those who caused her to become Dysfunctional. The story is told by 1st person (main character) and a narrator. The story picks up steam and soars. It is suspenseful, believable and captivating. The beginning of the story is slow, confusing and hard to follow. This affected the overall rating. The ending is masterpiece! I look forward to reading more books by this author.
Tracy Mcallister
This book was riveting. I found that I couldn't put it down. I didn't want to read on because of the things the character was doing, but at points she seemed justified. It is a real twist on your conscience and a very bizarre read.
Jenni
I could not finish this; it has no merit whatsoever. I'm not going to waste time listing flaws, but I will say that this reads like a high school creative writing project--one that is the product of a desperate all-nighter.
Stacie
I enjoyed this book. Makes me glad I do not have a teenage girl, though. lolol This teenager had such a devious mind that she was dangerous. I thought the book was well written and held my attention until the end.
Joanna Price
This book gave me anxiety from all the drama. Which I guess could be good if you like books full of dramatic events.
Charlotte
Wow!!!. Make me want to call my mother every day.
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