I found this by accident at the library today. The bright red cover and 'dragonslippers' just caught my attention while I wandered through non-fictionI found this by accident at the library today. The bright red cover and 'dragonslippers' just caught my attention while I wandered through non-fiction. I'm glad I found it. Even though it can be read in about a half a hour and even though I first glanced through it thinking it wouldn't be for me, I was struck by how much it was "for me". You don't have to have been in an abusive relationship to take something away from Penfold's story, you don't have to be a woman. I honestly think there aren't many people out there who would walk away from this untouched. I was surprised. I wasn't expecting to be as affected as I was....more
I'm turn as to what to rate this. I'm wavering between 3 and 5. It's not as informative adviser like for an adult but not nearly as "captivating" as iI'm turn as to what to rate this. I'm wavering between 3 and 5. It's not as informative adviser like for an adult but not nearly as "captivating" as it should be for a child. Maybe that's unfair - my 7 year old daughter gave it 5 stars. ...more
I'm finally getting to this. I'll keep it short and sweet. It sucks. It's the biggest piece of dog shit I've ever encountered. I'd bet my life savingsI'm finally getting to this. I'll keep it short and sweet. It sucks. It's the biggest piece of dog shit I've ever encountered. I'd bet my life savings that 99% of the reviews on here accompany ratings of more than 1 star are fake. Go to amazon.com, look up this book, and read the comments. The "authors" proceeded to get so angry over a few negative reviews there that they not only started stalking the reviewers but they made fake accounts to pretend to be other people to say the book is "great". The problem with that? They didn't do it in a believable manner. It's plain to see the author(s) are behind it. They're very childish and it's a turn-off. About the book, my first review was honest, yet decent. All bets are off after seeing the authors ugliness. I tried to be decent and say the book "just wasn't for me" but if I'm going to be 100% honest I wouldn't wipe my dogs ass with this book. I actually threw it in the garbage instead of passing it on like I normally would. Even books I totally disagree with I wouldn't do that with. It's just not me. But I'm not the kind of person who wants to actually hurt people and reading this HURTS bad. The author has no business writing. I doubt he can speak after reading this. My 5 year old can construct a better sentence than Levene. I have no respect for any author who places himself/herself in a "fictional" book, under a slightly different name and then proceeds to brag on themselves. Yuck. The girl the book is about? Yeah. The contradictions in the book? I'd bet a large sum of money that at least half - maybe all - is made up. I read "mis-lit", I know what's out there, that's not why I say this. I say this because it's obvious it was at the very least embellished. Hella embellished. Any author that takes such offense to a stranger not loving their book has deep mental issues that need resolving. I wish there was a way I could prove this because I'm certain, absolutely certain, that most of the positive reviews are fakes. Instead of encouraging you to stay away I encourage you to READ this! (Don't pay for it - you'll regret that - be sure about it.) But read it, or try to anyway, and leave a review so that others can be aware of what trash this is. This isn't worth the poor paper is was printed on. I could have handed it to my daughter (the five year old) and had HER edit it and had a better job done. Both "authors" should be ashamed and I'd advise them both to apply at McDonald's - writing isn't for either of you and you'll never make it. I took this off of the usual lists because the only two I have that it belongs on are 'wtf' and 'couldn-t-finish-yuck'. Look at the number of books I have listed as read. Then look at the number of books I have rated 1 star or on these two lists. And then note that NO OTHER BOOK IN THE HISTORY OF MY GR ACCOUNT HAS GOTTEN THIS SAME TREATMENT. NONE. Then remember this, no one ever wants to get someone to leave a fake review for their book. But sometimes, oh sometimes, people do want to have others leave positive reviews. (Or themselves of course.) This book is sitting somewhere in a dump right now and I'm sure if trash could talk all the surrounding trash would be evicting this pile of shit.
**Go to some (all?) of the five star reviews and look at the profiles. Most have no pics, nothing about the person, few or no other books listed, etc. You can't get more obvious. Most (all?) signed up to GR, left the glowing five star review for this awful mess and then promptly never returned. lol But we're supposed to believe those are real reviews, real thoughts.... from real people?** ...more
I read the first three chapters. I can't read anymore. I'm so tired of people who feel they can write since it's so easy to self-publish. Self-publishI read the first three chapters. I can't read anymore. I'm so tired of people who feel they can write since it's so easy to self-publish. Self-publishing may just be the biggest detriment to this industry ever. I hate to say that since I've loved books by self-pub'd authors but damn. Most of them are garbage. This? Garbage. The writing sucks. She jumps all over the place. If you can't properly construct a paragraph why are you trying to write a book? If I write a sentence about cars. Another sentence about cars. A sentence about fish. Another sentence about cars. Will you look at me crazy? Yes. You would. So don't write the frigging "book" if you can't write. The editing mistakes aren't as bad as some I've seen. In fact, pick up most any urban fiction book from a REAL publisher and you'll sadly find worse. But still, there are there. On to the next thing, I'll be honest here even if it makes me unpopular. Number one because I don't care if I'm unpopular and number two because I like being honest. (Couldn't you tell?) I find it hard to believe anyone who has ONLY met people who have abused them. I mean, for real? I know the real world, trust me. Been in it for awhile now. But unless your kept in total seclusion by your abuser you are going to meet and interact with someone - someone - who isn't abusing you. This woman's brothers raped. Her step-father raped her, her mother beat her, her step-mother beat her, the dog raped her, on and on and on and on. Then you have the contradictions. That may be an unfair word though because a lot of what I'm referring to may just be poor word choices. But still, they are contradictions. She complains in the beginning that "prison is no picnic". I'm sorry! Let us change that for you! We'll make it so much nicer for our rapists and murderers. How about we make it more worthwhile to commit crimes? You know, since those harsh sentences and prison conditions are really putting people off of the crimes now and all. wtf. On page 2 the last sentence in the second paragraph goes as follows: "As you may well imagine, my mother went ahead and married this man." Yes. I can well imagine it. Especially since you told me that four freaking times in the last page and a half. Poor writing anyone? The second sentence in the very first paragraph in the entire book(let) states that she married this man. The first sentence in the second paragraph states that she married this man. The last sentence in the third paragraph states that she married this man. Do I REALLY need to hear it a FOURTH time in the fourth paragraph? Were we going for some sort of obscure record here? On page 3 she tells us how "close" she and her mother were. (I use that word, 'mother', loosely. My definition of 'mother' is pretty damned defined and this one isn't cutting it for me.) They cooked together, talked about everything, etc. The next paragraph says they got beat when they peed the bed. Hey, what do I know? Maybe mothers can be "close" with their kids and beat them too. Sure, why not. I have a question for someone with more medical experience than I - can a pulled disk turn into spinal cancer if left unattended? Common sense tells me no. But I'm not a spine or cancer doctor so I'll wait to say much more about this. But, this is the authors claim. Her mother didn't go to the doctor for a pulled disk and it turned into cancer. Remind me to not let my flu turn into AIDS please. I stopped noting things here. When I started the book(let) I thought I wouldn't finish. Then I told myself to give it my all, it's not a real length book after all, go for it. And then I read some more and that flew right out the window. It's basically coming down to this - I don't think I believe everything out of the authors mouth. That may be a result of the poor writing though. But it is what it is either way. The writing isn't good in any sense of the word. If there were any good ratings on this I'd immediately think they were fake. I appreciate what the author is trying to do - I think. I don't really think, in the world right now, that our money, thoughts, and actions should be wasted on criminals. Criminals did something to get where they are. There are sick, abused, tortured, lost, etc. children and animals in the world. Single mothers and fathers who can barely make it out there. And this woman - and others like her - are concerned about criminals? What is this? How backwards can you get? No one deserves to be abused ANYWHERE. But at the same time, if I rape someone and go to prison I don't deserve all the amenities! I deserve a shitty time of it! It was MY choice. I don't feel bad for criminals. And, by the way, I've been a criminal. In case anyone wants to think I'm jumping on a high horse here. I have been there. I've been locked up. I've been alone and in jail. It's not fun, nor should it be. I did what I did and deserved what I got. My money, efforts, time and attention will go to those in trouble who do not deserve it. Who did nothing to put themselves in the situation they're in. Our jails and prisons should NOT be "picnics" to use Miss Sunny Love's words. I'm happy she's gotten her life together and moved past her abuse. I wish it has never happened to her or anyone else. But being abused doesn't make you an author....more