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Daddy's Little Earner: A Heartbreaking True Story Of A Brave Little Girl's Escape From Violence

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  1,896 Ratings  ·  78 Reviews

The shocking story of a young girl forced into prostitution by her own father, and her painful journey to escape her horrific childhood and build a new life for herself and her sons.

Maria's dad was a pimp, living in a world of thieves and street-walkers. Her mother, tiring of turning tricks for her husband, walked out, leaving the children in his chaotic, violent and somet

Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published (first published January 7th 2008)
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This biography is heart wrenching.

But as a book, I feel it could have been better. Landon's stories deserved to be one of the great biographies we hear about in the NYT Best Seller lists. Instead, the entire book felt rushed and only skimmed the surface - the ending just sort of happened, I honestly felt like I had just skimmed rather than actually read it. Then the publisher slapped a generic cover on it and you have something that, I'm afraid to say, looks trashy.

I think Landon should have be
Aug 16, 2012 Shelley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the moment I started reading this book I couldn't put it down. Until I came to the part where Maria's two brothers were locked in their bedroom day in and day out, suffering horrific neglect. I couldn't read anymore because it was so sad. Call me crazy but I even emailed the author herself to tell her how badly that part effected me and that I couldn't continue to read her book unless I knew whether or not her brothers had survived. She replied to me right away. I should have been able to g ...more
maybe I'll finish it, but for now I gave it to my mutt
Jan 09, 2013 Kat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A horrifying account of Maria's life, whose mother (abused and forced into prostitution by her husband, Maria's father) left the family when Maria was four, and which time her father began abusing her. Before she's ten, she's addicted to drugs, drinking and her father is sexually molesting her and preparing her to sell herself on the streets. She goes out "on the game" when she's eleven and continues into her late teens.

It's a terrible story to have to read, and the almost lackadaisical way soc
Dec 29, 2013 Tanny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Spoiler alert. I found this book very sad and it left me very empty. Although I feel a little guilty saying this, I was disappointed that Maria didn't seem to do much with her life. In the front it states that she is somehow active in helping youth but she does not raise that in the book at all. I find it sad when young women seem to think the solution to their abusive pasts is too have children to the first man they meet
so they have someone to love. When the social worker said her flat was too
Nov 14, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, 2012
how do you rate a memoir that is so wonderfully written and which allows the author's true self to come through with every sentence, yet is so disturbing in content because of everything she went through? i rate this based on the writing, but based on content, i would give this book no more than a ZERO. what a difficult journey Maria Landon has traveled. but was an important contribution she made in writing it to share with others. great work.

do not read if you are squeamish about abuse.
Lori Smith
Sad story of what this little girl and her brother went through growing up. The story seemed repetitive at times. I thought the book would go into detail of how she escaped a life of drug and alcohol abuse and prostitution, but she wrote another book detailing that journey. I wasn't impressed with the writing, but her story is so compelling, that I've purchased her 2nd book just to see how she escaped.
Nov 16, 2009 Jenna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book tells the author's real life story of how she was forced into prostitution at a young age by her father, and how she pulled her life back together. It's an incredibly brave and inspiring story, and also tells you a lot about the state of social services back in the 1970s-1980s. I couldn't put it down from the moment I started reading it, and will be reading the follow-up book as soon as I can buy it.
Sarah Davies
May 26, 2016 Sarah Davies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good story though, a lot of the story is secondhand or here say, also when reading the book there is no specific dates so the timelines are over the place. This is still a horrific story to read though as I couldn't imagine a child going through this
Jun 15, 2009 Ashleigh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was very sad. I had to skip through some pages because I couldn't handle them personally. It's really horrible and heartbreaking to think that someone could go through such a life...
Good read.
Jun 27, 2011 Emma rated it liked it
It seems wrong to say "I liked it", but it was a very gripping (and sad!) story. Not for the faint of heart.
Rachel Zylstra
God, some people really suffer in this world. I count my lucky stars everytime I read a book like this. Thank god my dad was a decent and loving father.
Jul 06, 2016 Isabel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Wat een wreed, wreed onmenselijk verhaal.
Winter Sophia Rose
Heartbreaking, Intense, Touching & Inspiring!
May 27, 2012 Sade rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to say you liked something so desperately sad, but it was a little hopeful.
Mar 10, 2017 Faye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
why would you be so cruel to your child? What an awful and confused life. Would of limed to know a little more about the brothers.
Lauren Hopkins
I downloaded this book randomly on my Kindle app and it's definitely one of the more heartbreaking things I've read, in that the author was subjected to unspeakable and horrific abuse by her father, who prostituted her out when she was a child. That's one of many terrible things that happens to the author, who talks about her life from birth until she's in her late teens and finally manages to get her father behind bars. I kind of think of this book in the way I think of Elizabeth Smart's book i ...more
M.J. Payne
Dec 21, 2014 M.J. Payne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
By MJ Payne
“Daddy’s Little Earner” by Maria Landon shows how a sadistic, narcissistic father takes over his daughter’s self-image and controls her completely. This story is an echo that wails through the life of every prostitute who ends up on the street by being manipulated and belittled with brutal treatment as a child. Abuse and neglect in childhood create a social debt that everyone ends up paying in some way. Turning a deaf ear to candid
Nov 28, 2014 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
note - some may find my rating and review of this book harsh but I feel that as a person giving my 2 cents worth of a review I should be truthful and critical of everything. ( I am with every other book so why should I turn soft with this book?) If you don't like it leave it in the comments and I may/not read them. Freedom of speech is a right and what a perfect place to exercise that right than on a book review site...moving on.............

As the reviews before me have stated it was heartbreak
Jun 28, 2014 Gemma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A horrific, and generally blunt account of child abuse from a father to his daughter, which he then follows on to then 'sell her' on the streets as a pre-teen prostitute to fuel his drinking habits and continues mentally, physically and sexually abuse her, to the point where a bit of 'stockholm syndrome' sets in and she still feels she needs him in her life.

This book made me so angry to how social sevices responded (or rather didn't.) There were too many red flashing warning signs, such as: her
Oct 30, 2013 Veraa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A girl who needs to prostituted herself because her dad basicly forces her to do so. But even when treated horrible she still loves him. It’s based on a true story so I decided to buy this when I saw it at this book fair.

The story itself is very dramatic and you really feel bad for the girl and her siblings. You want to know if she finally escapes her fathers rage and if she will finally have a happy and normal live. Well I’m not gonna tell you the answer obviously but the book is very good! I r
Apr 08, 2015 Jo-bunny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Social Issues, Psychology, Biography, Child Abuse
Shelves: 2015
The first memoir I’ve read on child abuse since facing my own past and I wasn’t as prepared as I expected. My hearts racing and my hands are still shaking an hour after finishing the book. Very confronting.

A first hand look into a child’s psyche when mentally, verbally and physically subjected to abused, the damaging long term ripple effects of these actions and how the failures in our juridical systems can compound an issue. Self-preservation comes in various forms and it presents itself to the
Hmm, I have mixed feelings about this book. Granted it was definitely a heartbreaking story, & I can't fathom why a father would do something so horrible to their own child, however I found the book itself & writing style very bland. It wasn't overly captivating language or imagery. I know it's an autobiography of someone's really messed up life, and that can mean themes are very direct . But the wording was repetitive, I found it hard to wrap my head around the amount of times she ran b ...more
Mar 05, 2013 Nila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It breaks my heart with real life stories like this one, and parents like hers make so me so pissed! No child should ever have to grow up like this,there is just no reason for it. It is very heartbreaking story of one little girl who is abused and ignored throughout her life from a very young age by the people who should have protected her. Time and time again social services come in to help but seem to only do a half-assed job of protecting her, and her 3 other siblings(she was the only girl,th ...more
Nov 17, 2012 richwire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such an unbearable story. The father is such a manipulative monster, I kept reading hoping that one of his suicide attempts would be successful or his fellow prisoners would send him to burning hell. No such luck, for all we know this subhuman is still walking the earth. It's pure, unimaginable horror but it's a very well-written book. I anticipate reading the author's sequel because I'm interested in how her life went on.
Catherine Avery
The reality of this young girl's experience is horrific and heart breaking. It's a disturbing story about an abusive father/daughter relationship and can be difficult to read at times. It offers an interesting insight into the minds of "difficult" children and offers some reasons for why women stay in abusive relationships. Although it reflects her reality, it is sometimes repetitive and lacks structure. A worthwhile read for readers interested in human psyche.
Carly Tume
I feel that this book didn't have a great ending it literally just ended. It needed more of an explanation as to what happened to Maria after having her baby and what happened to her relationship with Rodney.
The book overall was OK such a horrible thing to have to overcome and I'm quite surprised to read a book like this that doesn't go into details about what the abuser did to them. Still would have liked to have been able to elaborate on the story.
James Phillips
Aug 13, 2012 James Phillips rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to James by: Victoria Kettlewell

This is an insightful autobiography into the tormenting and everlasting effects of a disastrous youth on a girl, really showing how much your life while growing p can shape you as an individual psychologically. This isn't a comfortable read and not recommended for young people or the faint hearted. For this type of book, well written and a good read, but a distressing book that will make you frustrated and need to put it down a lot of the time.
Zwaar verhaal maar op een manier gebracht waardoor ik nooit echt zwaar geëmotioneerd werd. Moest dit een film zijn, zouden de tranen over mijn wangen rollen, maar het wordt op een manier geschreven waarin het eerder verteld wordt in een soort feiten, wat er gebeurt is, aslof het haar niet overkwam, maar eerder dat ze het als een buitenstaander beleefde die naar binnen keek.
This is an important book. It was extremely hard to read. I spent most of the time so horrified and sickened that I wasn't sure I could keep reading. But it's a book that needs to be read. This is the reality for so many people around the world. Sex slavery is not something that only happens in 3rd world countries.
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