I've been struggling with whether I should post about reading this book. I am not ashamed of what I read, but the audience that I have here on my FB iI've been struggling with whether I should post about reading this book. I am not ashamed of what I read, but the audience that I have here on my FB is wide, and in turn, so are their views, and what they deem "acceptable". This isn’t for the faint of heart, it’s a heavy read. To some, it could be considered a dark and disturbing book.
In this book that may not be appropriate for all audiences are the following: excessive drugs, sex, animal abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, verbal abuse, homosexuality, neglect, sickness, etc…
This book takes place in Oregon & Washington (yay for localness! Maybe that’s why it hit a bit closer to home for me).
This is a story about Jason, from birth to young adult (college age), a memoir. This book may be disturbing to some, who have not been exposed to some of the more “uglier” parts of life. This book takes place in the 70’s & 80’s. Times haven’t changed, at least with regards to events in this book. They may have gotten worse, but in no way shape or form have they gotten better.
I in no way experienced entirely what he did, but there were parts of the book that I 100% understood and identified with. Some of his experiences and the life he was exposed too – I’d been there. I felt his pain, and now, as an adult, wished that I would have made better choices as a child/teen. I wish, just like he did, that some of the adults in my life would have made better choices and done things differently.
I wish that I would have reached out to those who were worse off than me. Growing up, I knew which kids they were. I was friends with some of them, not all of them, but some. I would hear things in the halls. They never had people over. If they did, it was always kids who were like them. They would come to school in dirty clothes, un-showered for who knows how many days, un-brushed/ratty hair. They were never friends with the “popular” kids. They were mostly brushed away by teachers & staff. Often put into special ed classes because of their behavior.
I have no idea how Jason kept it together as much as he did. Some of the kids I grew up with, like Jason have not made it out unscathed. Some have been to jail (or still are), some are addicted to the worst drugs out there.
I feel like I fell in between the “straights” & Jason’s life. As a teenager, I walked a very fine line, and fortunately, came out mostly unharmed.
I wish I could take every one of the kids that this is happening to, and wrap my arms around them and tell them they’re loved. They’re wanted. They’re not alone. No one should experience or feel what Jason did throughout his entire childhood.
All of that to say. I highly recommend this book. I’m not sure which audience I would recommend it to, but it is a book that needs to be read. The topics in this book need to be addressed on a much larger scale. The scenarios in this book didn’t only happen in the 70’s & 80’s. They are happening right now. Right this second. To people you know and love. If you don’t think that’s the case, you’re wrong.
If you were that kid, that I grew up with... You are loved. You are not alone. There are people out there who will fight for you.
There's still time to make things right and change your life. Your situation. ...more