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Sickened by Julie Gregory
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May 14, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: read-in-2012
Read in April, 2012

** spoiler alert ** Julie Gregory had a very strange and disturbing childhood. Her mother constantly tries to convince her and a huge number of doctors that her daughter has severe medical problems, including with her heart. Julie spends many hours seeing doctors, undergoing treatments including unnecessary surgery. Her mother is also a shop-a-holic and hoarder, buying huge amounts of clothes the family cannot afford. Her father is abusive, and the children often go without food. The mother also abuses the foster children that they have. It's a truly disturbing and tragic story, and at times I had to put the book down because I was so sickened by it all. It's certainly very raw. The last half of the book isn't as good as the first, it sort of rushes all the details of her 20s. I'd love to read a follow up book, starting from where this left off, and find out what's happened in the years since she wrote the book

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