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Elephant Girl by Jane Devin
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Mar 10, 12

it was amazing
Read in February, 2012

I had no idea what I was getting into when I downloaded the ebook version of Elephant Girl.

I stopped a few times. I almost didn’t pick it back up. Elephant Girl is as beautifully told as it is painful to read. It’s the most perfect blend of raw honesty, unique voice, human spirit and is uttterly heart-breaking. Told in three distinct voices (the unloved and unwanted child, the independent and fragile teenager, and the adult trying to make sense of it all) Devin shares the inner life she invented that helped her live through the years of trauma she endured.

Therein lies her message: No matter the scars hidden within, it is possible to endure.

I simply want to to hug her and thank her for sharing her strength with the world.

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message 1: by Angie (new)

Angie I just started it, read the intro about the elephants, and had to put it down and almost throw up. Then I tried again and got to page 12 or so and had to take another break. Wondering if it's worth fighting through or not... Does the end justify the means? So sad...


Pauline It's a hard read. This is true. It gets even harder. But Jane's story is one of strength and survival. Even if you can only do a few pages at a time, try. For Jane and others like her who need their stories to be heard.


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