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My name is Jasmine Bath and the novel “No One’s Daughter” is based on actual incidents from my childhood during the 1960s and 70s. I did not write this book for sympathy or notoriety; I wrote it in an attempt to shed light on the ghosts that have haunted me for a lifetime, hoping that by putting them down on paper that I could look at them more objectively from a mature po ...more
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Jenny Lloyd
Feb 18, 2014 Jenny Lloyd rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone.
Shelves: memoir, non-fiction
Jasmine's childhood was one of total neglect on the part of a mother who was more interested in chasing men than bringing up her kids. There was no love, no pity. The only things in abundance in this little girl's world were squalor, cruelty and fear. And Jasmine's mother continually placed her children in danger with her appalling choices in men. As her mother brought more children into the world that she was incapable of nurturing, it was this wonderful little girl who provided the love and ca ...more
Taylor Fulks
First of all, this is not an easy read by any stretch of the imagination, yet I don't think Ms Bath would disagree with that statement. I also know it wasn't easy for her to write. To lay it all out there...the bad and the horrifying aspects of ones life is not only difficult, but also humbling. Well done Ms. Bath...well done!

This beautiful and very well written memoir of the life and abuses suffered by an innocent child, is a must read. Yes the subject is painful, and the images and scenes depi
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Nicole Dunlap
This is the saddest story I've read in my life. I could only want the best for Jasmine as a child, but as I continued I knew it wouldn't happen. The ending left me beyond speechless. Honestly I read the story in about two days but got close to the end and had to set it aside for a few hours... though I'm sure my hopes wouldn't help the situation. It's a must read and a humbling experience.
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Brandi
No One's Daughter is the true story of a young girl growing up in a very abusive household. Definitely wasn't an easy read, this story broke my heart the whole way through. To me it's worth more than a 5 star rating.
Janice Ross
Where do I begin? ... Some stories have the ability to rattle readers, completely shaking you to the very core. Some stories will forever remain in your mind. No One's Daughter by Jasmine Bath has done just that, but the difference - this isn't a made-up tale. This is real life.

It isn't easy to read about abuse and neglect, especially when you're provided with every ounce of detail. Moreover, when the abuse and neglect effects a child. From the very beginning of Mrs. Bath's heartbreaking account
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Alan Wynzel
Ms. Bath tells the story of her childhood with great simplicity, realism, and honesty. It is a sad, harrowing, and unsettling story of poverty, neglect, emotional and physical abuse at the hands of her mother and the men in her mother's life. I was astounded at times at the horrific extremes of some of the incidents, while admiring the direct and understated way in which Ms. Bath presented them. What stood out for me in this story was the way in which Ms. Bath pulled the missing pieces together ...more
Melanie Adkins
Jasmine's life was never good. It was the kind of life you see in the movies or on television. No one would ever believe people lived this way, but Jasmine did. She got herself to school, took care of her younger sister and her mother. Jasmine was the adult. Living in filth, garbage and tons of other stuff, Jasmine knew from a young age the difference between right and wrong. She may not have known why, but she knew more than her own mother. Left alone, left with just anyone who would keep them ...more
Amanda Green
Feb 10, 2013 Amanda Green rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone should read this book!
‘No one’s daughter’ is a book that stands out for me and I doubt I shall ever forget it. Written through the eyes of a young Jasmine, I grew with her and viewed the awful abuse she went through, whilst empathising with her unending ability to use her strength of mind to overcome the adversities which were flung at her from all angles. These are not the usual adversities of childhood, these are terrible experiences thrown at her by those who were in the position of being her caregiver.

Although th
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Erik Nelson
Mar 03, 2014 Erik Nelson rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
I was born into a fun loving family. Sure we had our troubles here and there just like all other families. There's no such thing as the perfect family because as we all know, nothing and no one is perfect. But still, my childhood maybe just a memory but it's a time and place that I sometimes find myself wishing that I could go back to. Unfortunately, some families have much more than their average share of troubles. When that's the case, it isn't a norm within the family tradition. I can't imagi ...more
Louise
Story Synopsis:
"My name is Jasmine Bath and the memoir "No One's Daughter" is about my childhood during the 1960's and 70's. I did not write this book for sympathy or notoriety; I wrote it in an attempt to shed light on the ghosts that have haunted me for a lifetime, hoping that by putting them down on paper that I could look at them more objectively from a mature point of view and eventually free myself from them.
I began writing about specific incidents that happened, attempting to write them
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Sylvia Valevicius
Jasmine Bath tells her story of surviving abusive adults in her life. At a young age she takes on responsibilities of which her mother is neglectful. Poor girl is protective of her little sisters, and is subjected to emotional pain doled out by her mother, and endures physical and sexual abuse by 'friends' of her mom.

This story needs to be told. The sharer knows that others have suffered similar pain. 'No One's Daughter' breaks my heart. No one's child should be treated so harshly, and in such a
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richwire
Short, but well-written memoir of an unfortunate, abusive childhood. If her mother's still living and reading this - shame on you for turning a blind eye. A couple of times while reading I lost track of what age Jasmine was, but I can't fault the author. I'm sure one's timeline gets distorted when part of such chaos.
Angelina
Not an easy read with page after page of the torment this child endured. Well written and this story will stay with me for a very long time.
Stacey
I could not put this down. It was heartbreaking, emotional, and just overall an amazing piece of writing.
Christoph Fischer
"No One's Daughter" by Jasmine Bath is the story of a neglectful and cruel childhood. Told from the perspective of a young girl this tragic tale portrays how she is forced to take care of herself and her siblings while her irresponsible mother wastes her life away without any kind of responsibility.
Although the protagonist is the victim of violence and emotional abuse to say the least, one of the biggest strengths of the novel is the understated character of the often almost factual descriptions
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Kim
I was given this book as a gift, no review was required. I can't help but write a review after what I read. This author deserves at least that for getting this story out of her head. I have read stories like this, I can't believe there wasn't a soul to help this child. I hope in this world today there would be someone who would help this child. I wish kids would see that this isn't normal, look for help. Mothers like this don't deserve children. It's a well written story, brings out every emotio ...more
Alexandra Bogdanovic
Heart-breaking, gut-wrenching and captivating.
While sharing her story, Jasmine takes readers on an unbelievable journey and leaves us wondering how she triumphed over so much adversity -- how anyone can triumph over that kind of adversity.
Perhaps the answer lays in the strength and courage of the human spirit. Or perhaps it is far less complicated. In the end it doesn't matter. What matters is that we do not see Jasmine as a victim -- but as a survivor who had the intestinal fortitude to tell
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Zeana Romanovna
Sometimes we read a book that is true. We know it is true, but we wish with every fibre of our being that it wasn't. This is one of those books - a memoir of a child that has endured horrendous abuse, neglect and poverty such as most people would consider a nightmare beyond a nightmare. Throughout the book I was struck harshly by the strength Jasmine showed. Her tenacity and care towards her younger siblings is a testimony to her not being her Mothers Daughter, yet she was the better Mother figu ...more
Kelly Graham
Thank you to Jasmine Bath for sharing with us the memories of her truly tragic childhood. To reconstruct psychologically jarring and often fragmented recollections of a traumatic past into smooth, coherent prose via the perspective of ones childhood self as Ms Bath has done is quite an accomplishment. Not to mention a brave one. To disclose the shortcomings of family members to others undoubtedly leaves one feeling vulnerable and open to the perception that they too are being judged. Our family, ...more
Robin Donnelly
I read this book in one night and it affected me so much I cried for three days. My husband came home from work as I finished the book and as I hugged him hello from work, I wept in his arms like a baby. Like gut-wrenching crying. I don't think I've ever read a memoir that had me reeling as much as this one did. You will feel every emotion there is.

It took guts for Jasmine to write this and I admire her for her strength and courage. Her story telling grabs you from the very beginning and never
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Jenny Hayworth
Images of the little girl with stringy hair and bruised legs crying for the father she never knew will stay with me. Well written and flowing book that tells a harrowing tale of abuse and neglect of a little girl who was forced to grow up too fast. A mother who never matured and who drifted in and out of abusive relationships and who often left her young children for days on end to fend for themselves with no comprehension even years later of the damage she caused. Heartbreaking story unfortunat ...more
Catana Tully
The issues in No One’s Daughter haunted me while reading it and wouldn’t let me go for days after I finished it. Jasmine Bath presents her anguishing story in such detail to keep the reader engaged until the eyes tire and one must lay it down. While one hears about child neglect and abuse, this is the first story I’ve read of a child suffering at the hands of those who would normally be her protectors. Relatives, neighbors, schools, social services… no one interfered. It’s not as if they did not ...more
Sharon Kemp
Take it or leave it....

I was anxious to start reading this novel and once I did, I was very interested. I didn't like the ending. I expected more chapters but it just stopped abruptly. I was disappointed all together.
was NOT worth the price of the book.
Andrea
This is a book that is equally sad as it is beautifully written. It´s a book that wouldn´t exist if Jasmine´s mother weren´t as manipulative, uncaring, and selfish as she was. I´ve suffered from abuse as a child though not to this degree - and I know that this stuff haunts you as you go through life even when you try to push it to the back of your mind. I also know, though, that the crap Jasmine has had to suffer has made her stronger, smarter, and has probably made her one hell of a good mother ...more
Michelle Navarette
Heavy. This is not alight happy book to read. It pains me that any one lived this life, but I have equal anger that people like her mother and her mother’s boyfriends exist. I sincerely think there’s only one cure for that sort of person and I can’t write it here.

The book has a simple way to it. It is beautifully told for how awful and sad the story is.

The problem is, the people who most need to read it are not the type to read.
I.C. Camilleri
A truly touching and powerful memoir told from the perspective of a little girl whose mental and physical abuse was unimaginable. It is a highly emotional read and I cried buckets. I just wish I had been there to stop the atrocity. I applaud Jasmine Bath for her courage and strength. Thank you for sharing. May this book be an eye opener to the plight of other vulnerable children still enduring the same pain today.
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My name is Jasmine Bath and the memoir “No One’s Daughter” is based on incidents from my childhood during the 1960s and 70s. I did not write this book for sympathy or notoriety; I wrote it in an attempt to shed light on the ghosts that have haunted me for a lifetime, hoping that by putting them down on paper that I could look at them more objectively from a mature point of view and eventually free ...more
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