Title: Scars Author: Cheryl Rainfield Rating: 5/5 Summary: Fifteen year old Kendra was abused, and has started cutting. However, someone is following her...moreTitle: Scars Author: Cheryl Rainfield Rating: 5/5 Summary: Fifteen year old Kendra was abused, and has started cutting. However, someone is following her, leaving her cryptic messages that only she understands. She can only remember the abuse, but she can’t remember the identity of her abuser. She finds solace in her art and her therapist and a classmate named Meghan who is possibly becoming more than just a friend.
Review: This book made me cry on more than one occasion and it made me sick in others to learn some of the tactics that abusers will go to in ensuring that their identity doesn’t come to the surface after time passes. The mental games that abusers play with their victims the ‘training’ that was given to Kendra, when she was being abused, was absolutely unimaginable.
She was trained by her abuser to cut rather than to talk about what had happened to her. She had started recovering memories, recovering bits and pieces of the abuse she’d received when she was younger and the only piece that was missing was the identity of her abuser. However, her abuser does not want his identity known, and goes to many different lengths to ensure that Kendra does not talk. But, like all nefarious plans, things ultimately fall apart and the identity of her abuser is made known and other victims are soon sought because there was a very large chance that Kendra was not the only one that was abused by this man.
This book gives a chilling insight into the mind of the abused, and the things that they have to deal with on a daily basis and what sometimes drives them to begin self-harming. Self-harm was a way to release the pain and to bring a sense of calm to the world around them. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has been abused, who self-harms, and who lives with the scars of a nightmarish past. There are resources in the back of this book that are beneficial to anyone who has ever considered cutting. Read it, and it is decidedly one of those stories that will linger with you long after the book has been closed.
This is a very personal book dealing with the experiences of women who have had miscarriages and lost a child. The suffering and grief and ultimately...moreThis is a very personal book dealing with the experiences of women who have had miscarriages and lost a child. The suffering and grief and ultimately the recovery from such a trauma.
I highly recommend this book to any woman who has been pregnant, had a miscarriage, or wishes to start a family. Miscarriages can happen to anyone no matter if it is your first, second or any subsequent pregnancy. (less)
A collection of notes, stories, and artwork from those who shared their feelings and reactions to the earthquake and tsunami that struck the Northeast...moreA collection of notes, stories, and artwork from those who shared their feelings and reactions to the earthquake and tsunami that struck the Northeastern region of Japan on 3/11/11(less)
The Help by Kathryn Stockett is a coming of age novel about a black maid during the civil rights movement in Mississippi in the 1960s. The relationshi...moreThe Help by Kathryn Stockett is a coming of age novel about a black maid during the civil rights movement in Mississippi in the 1960s. The relationship between black and white is a complex spectrum of hate, abuse, mistrust, as well as love, attachment and dependence. I love the Howell Raines quote that Stockett includes in her personal excerpt at the end of the novel:
There is no trickier subject for a writer from the South than that of affection between a black person and a white one in the unequal world of segregation. For the dishonesty upon which a society is founded makes every emotion suspect, makes it impossible to know whether what flowed between two people was honest feeling or pity or pragmatism.
This in the expanse of words provides an eloquent way to describe Stockett’s intentions of this novel, while a lot of the reviews will more than likely focus on the racial aspects of this book , one of the most haunting things is pointed out by the statements that discuss the fact that while you are paying someone to care for you, and their livelihood is now dependent upon ensuring that you are happy, can you really expect the relationship to be an honest one?
I was born twenty years after the civil rights movement, and while I did grow up in the south, I did not have maids or things of that nature because I was a member of the poor or middle-class throughout my childhood, but the racial mindset of the South is still somewhat cemented in this hatred for the difference between blacks and whites.
This story is very strong and very touching and well written. I love the fact that the style complements the plot, it makes for a fantastic read. The grammatically incorrect pose is something that makes the novel all the more real, all the more honest in its delivery. A white woman secretly compiling true accounts of the black maids of the well-to do households in Mississippi. The good and the bad, Skeeter in her novel tries to portray the fact that people are just people no matter the color of their skin, no matter what “color” God has graced them with.
This novel was very well written, and I would recommend reading it. It may take a bit of time to get into, but it is well worth the read and I think that the message is very important.
I kinda like to read history stuff on occasion. This book caught my interest because it deals with the Victorian Era, and one of the criminal asylums...moreI kinda like to read history stuff on occasion. This book caught my interest because it deals with the Victorian Era, and one of the criminal asylums within that time period. It focuses on unique stories that touch lightly upon a variety of individuals that were patients at Broadmoor.(less)
This book is definitely interesting. I love the way that Calle's life is categorized by the songs that trigger the memories of her childhood, would fo...moreThis book is definitely interesting. I love the way that Calle's life is categorized by the songs that trigger the memories of her childhood, would form her life into high school and help her learn about her father and various other things in her life. (less)
This book is definitely a unique telling of a Holocaust survivor. Nonna Bannister is a Russian woman who ended up in a labor camp, and ultimately was...moreThis book is definitely a unique telling of a Holocaust survivor. Nonna Bannister is a Russian woman who ended up in a labor camp, and ultimately was separated from her mother. This book is memories and memories from her childhood to her suffering at the hands of the Germans during World War II.
I recommend this book, in all its choppiness to anyone who is enamored with this period in history, this dark stain on the world as we know it. It will make you cry, it will make you feel joy at her survival and ability to move on.
**spoiler alert** This book is pretty much why I fell in love with this series. It is to me a different version of Nancy Drew, but more unique to a yo...more**spoiler alert** This book is pretty much why I fell in love with this series. It is to me a different version of Nancy Drew, but more unique to a younger group of kids. Mandie, short for Amanda, is eleven years old in turn of the century mountains of North Carolina. Her daddy has died, and she thinks that God has stopped loving her. With the help of Uncle Ned, she manages to get away from the horrid family that her mother sent her to after she got remarried. Mandie ends up living at her Uncle John's home, and then another 'tragedy' befalls Mandie, news has been received that her Uncle John has died while traveling abroad in Europe.
Chaos ensues as a trio of strangers appear at the house claiming to be distant relatives of John Shaw, however, this is not the case. Ultimately Mandie's world becomes hole again, when she finds out that John Shaw is indeed alive, and that the woman she'd called her 'mother' for the past twelve years was not actually her mother, but the beautiful Miss Elizabeth Taft is her mother and had been forced to give her up, believing that her daughter had died in birth.
Now, Mandie has a loving family. What adventures wait for her in the books to come.
Definitely a good read, and a relatively quick read.(less)