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Augusta, Gone: A True Story

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  618 ratings  ·  78 reviews
As a single parent Martha was sure she was giving her two children the perfect life. When daughter Augusta turned 15 things started to happen; first the cigarette, then the blue pipe and the little bag Augusta says are aspirin. Martha can't seem to get through to Augusta, and Augusta it appears is intent of doing everything to hurt herself. Martha doesn't know if she's con ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 8th 2001 by Simon & Schuster (first published 2001)
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Emily
Emily Shepard
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Augusta Gone tells the true to life tale of 15 year old Augusta. Telling the tale through her mother, Martha, the story goes back and forth between happier days and the presently horrifying. Their relationship in the beginning was normal and healthy. Augusta telling her mother things, reading together, enjoying each others company, it all went down hill after the divorce. Augusta ditching school, partying, coming home late, smoking, using drugs and not caring about her moth
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Jizza Mariz
Memoir is written in stream of consciousness, and all the whining has gotten into me. I understand the difficult situation that Martha is facing during the narration, and I hated the daughter more than the mother. What is the real problem here? Is it the upbringing or the daughter herself? Growing up in a country where therapies are not a common solution to personality problems (especially not to coming of age problems), I find the daughter despicable for thinking she deserves better from her mo ...more
Amy
How well do you know your teen and when do you decide that their issues are not normal teenage problems? This story travels into the worst nightmare of parents everywhere. If you do everything to give your child a normal upbringing then they turn out fine, right? Great Story
Lisa Bertagnoli
This book was difficult to read - not the writing, but the subject matter, as my family has faced a similar situation. The writing is emotional but not overly so; I applaud the author's frequent and effective use of exclamation marks. It's a fast and entertaining read.
Linda
Mother in pain, child gone amok, compelling read
Carolinef0x
Augusta Gone is a novel written by Martha Tod Dudman in which she exemplifies her true story upon which she is living. Her reckless daughter, Augusta runs amok the town as she tries to hurt anyone that saves her inclusive of her own family. Augusta pulls the rebellious teenager moves like missing the bus and being late for school, doing drugs, staying out late with strange boys, and of course this worries her family greatly. The emphasis on the book between the mother and daughter is great as we ...more
Carol
So I think it's time I start reviewing some of the books I've finished lately; I've gotten pretty lazy :)

I liked this book. It was a true story about a woman and her daughter; her daughter, Augusta, for no discernible reason, completely goes off the deep end in high school with drugs, stealing, etc. The story is written from Martha's (the mother's) POV. The writing is beautiful and Martha expresses her anguish and confusion so clearly. The writing itself was probably my favorite thing about the
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Merredith
Jan 07, 2011 Merredith rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one, really
Shelves: 1-or-2-stars
This is a book about a mom whose 15/16 yr old daughter starts not going to school and doing drugs and etc etc. ive read other books like this, such as go ask alice, or sleepwalking in daylight, but this one is the worst treatment of this type of thing. its only from the mom's point of view. she admits she was like this when she was a kid, taking acid and going to san francisco (lol). but she doesn't ever try and sympathize with her daughter augusta and practically ignores her other teen jack, wh ...more
Steve
it's hard to say i 'really liked' this book. it's like saying that i enjoyed alice sebold's 'lucky', and the two books share a lot of similarities. they are true. they are written in a similar style - first person. and the stories both center around family tragedy. sebold's book described in vivid detail not only her rape in college and her determined prosecution of the rapist, but it also details her trying to cope, adjust to her new life, as a 'rape victim'...she found that she only had to fac ...more
Ebby
As stated on the back cover of the book, Augusta Gone by Martha Tod Dudman is “the story of a girl who is doing everything to hurt herself and a mother who would try anything to try to save her.” Augusta Gone is the prequel to the book Go Ask Alice. Basically it is a memoir describing the same life except this time, from the mother’s point of view. The story is told from the author’s point of view. She is a single parent who strives to give her children the perfect life, as oppose to her own ch ...more
Linda C
I read this maybe five years ago and am reluctantly giving it two stars, rather than the one that I think it maybe really deserves. The reason-- I guess primarily because I remember it vividly, so that says something about the book, although not necessarily about the people, all of whom I heartily disliked. Ms. Dudman also earned the extra star for honesty, since the book was brutally honest. However, her last name kind of describes her parenting skills-- dud.

My own son, at the time, was the sam
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Lucy
August, Gone is a middle sized book written by Martha Tod Dudman. It is a fiction novel about a troubled teenage girl Augusta, and her mother, Martha. Martha is a single parent who believes that she has done the best she can for her two children. Augusta however grows up into a teenager who does everything that would be a parent's nightmare. She gets involved with drinking and drugs and stays out until whenever she pleases. Sometimes she would not show for a couple of days leaving her mother hea ...more
Myranda
Martha Tod Dunman put together a very visual and descriptive novel titled Augusta, Gone. The book is about a family disrupted by divorce leaving the mother of the family and her daughter battling it out due to the heartbreaking family breakup. Coming from a divorced family, living with my single mother I admit it can be tough at times. My mother and I dont always agree on things, and when we dont agree we get into fights and bicker with eachother. For Augusta and her mother Martha, when they arg ...more
Jazz Crave
Augusta Gone is a book that children and adults will get attached to for many diffrent reasons in many diffrent ways. A story of one mothers struggle with and out of control teen. For me the book was reminesant of the days when I was 15 and wold leave with friends not to be heard from for weeks, and in this book not only did I here once again what our parents went through but I got to feel it. You feel their distress as their young child does drugs, never calls, and is always with someone else t ...more
Valerie Haynes
The author's unconscious classism is a better developed character than the missing child. Maybe if the mom made any effort to ever meet her child's emotional needs she wouldn't have had these problems. The "anything" she was willing to do wasn't "set limits" or "be there" it was just "spend lots of money on treatment, wring hands and be a huge snob."
Gio
Augusta, Gone, written by Martha Tod Dudman, is a true story about fifteen year old girl starts doing inappropriate behaviors that she shouldn't be doing. The story is written in her mother's perspective. Therefore, the vivid description of her emotion and thoughts were well portrayed throughout the story. However, I felt that her descriptions were sometimes too wordy and unnecessary but it still depicted her depression and confusion clearly. Moreover, I thought that her way to treat the daughte ...more
Suzanne Bokenko
This is a great addition to a parents bookshelf who is struggling with teen defiance and substance abuse. The author's style of writing makes it easy to jump into her world and fight with her to help her daughter. Also, was a lifetime movie!
Lennie
The true story of a mother dealing with her out-of-control teenage daughter who is taking drugs, ditching school, and running away. Frustrated and fed up, she puts her in a few programs that help at-risk teens and some don't work so she is left to wonder if her daughter will ever be "saved". It's a heartwrenching story and anyone who is raising teenage children can relate to her struggles as a parent (I know, I have two teenage daughters myself). What I liked about this book is that while the au ...more
Linda
I thought it would be painful to read this book. I had a wild daughter too. I am so glad that martha Dudman wrote this book becuase she writes of her experience living with the crazy years of drug abuse, run-away times, lies, and the deep emotions of a child that walks around hurt all the time. The hurt has to be numbed. Martha also gets the experience Augusta's brother goes through to the tee. She describes her husband in an unusual way, he crys in his helplesness. While my decisions and action ...more
Cathy Young
This was a great book of a mother whose daughter goes off the deep end and the painful journey to try to help her.
Letitia Webb
A beautifully written, expressive book.
Couldnt put this down, as I just had to know how it all turned out.
Really enjoyed this one.
Yvonne
I thought it was a good book of the ordeal a mother went through to try to save her daughter.
Tracie
I've read this book before and I really liked it the first time I read it. Now I'm struck by how poorly it's written. For me, the sentence fragments and poor grammar take away from the story itself. I am presently teaching it and for my students the power of the story still prevails. Written from a parent's point of view, Augusta, Gone tells the story of a girl gone wild and the lengths her mother must go to keep her child safe and what impact those lengths take on the rest of the family. It's s ...more
Marylyn
This book was ok but it took me 2 tries at getting all the way through. For once the lifetime movie was better than the book in my opinion which is the reason I wanted to even read the book in the first place. I guess I was disappointed, I thought we'd hear more about August and her problems than the mother. I found some portions to be more of a brain drain than a novel. Overall it's a fast read.
Sara
I wish I could hear from Augusta and see her point of view of all of this. I am incredibly skeptical of all of the programs that she went to, as I have heard and seen so many horror stories about Wilderness programs and "boarding schools" like the ones in this book. The train of thought writing was annoying at times, but I did like how this was a real insight into Martha's thoughts and feelings. I think the reason that I gave it 3 stars was because I wanted more out of this; more details, more p ...more
Rachel
August, Gone is a fairly well-written book. What's amazing to me is how often the author missed the connection between her own life and behavior and her daughter's.
Jennifer
I have this morbid fascination with books about wayward teens. I think I am preparing myself for when my demanding and adorable littles who can barely stand to let me go to the bathroom by myself morph into sulky and no-longer-adorable bigs who can barely stand to be in the same room with me. It is terrifying--as was this book, which read more like a mother's frantic and stream-of-conscious journal jottings than an honest-to-goodness, edited book. This, as you might imagine, wore thin after awhi ...more
Heather
Got this book after reading a review of the story in the Globe. Thought the story might be good for my sister to read...I could not put it down... So sad, yet so truthful and recognizable. Martha's feelings of inadequacy as a mother, wife and person seemed so familiar to me. I too felt Augusta was strong, defiant and someone to be admired, but I was angry at her for not being "good". This book is proof that the world is not as we would like.
Stephy
Well most reviews talk about it being a Lifetime movie...Guess I missed out on that one. This book was pretty good. About a mom dealing with a daughter who is having more then the normal teenage issues. This is all from the mothers point of view which being a mother myself made it very heart wrenching. Was hard to stay focused on the book though. meaning in my words I could set it down and give it awhile before I picked it back up.
Virginia
I read this immediately after reading "Go Ask Alice". It was advertised as the book Alice's mother would have written. Actually, it is the book Alice's mother wishes she could have written. Alice's mother probably wishes her story ended this way.

I didn't like the writing style. Noun verb noun. This then that. It was boring. Ten pages before the end of the book I took the dog out for a walk. I really just didn't care what happened.
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