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Mommie Dearest by Christina Crawford
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Jul 13, 09

bookshelves: drama, could-not-finish, non-fiction
Read in July, 2009

Good movie, not so good book.

I don't doubt that even some of the more severe abuse took place, but that really isn't the issue. The real abuse is buried under chapters and chapters of boring whining. It's harder to take the real abuse seriously when the author is complaining about every single thing her mother ever said and did for the duration of her life.

At one point she says her mother is treating her brother "hatefully" because he isn't allowed to trample the flowers in the flower beds while playing with friends, and because he is only allowed to ride his bike around their gigantic back yard. Oh, and because he wasn't allowed to "ride bikes and play ball and go swimming all day." She also tries to make herself the victim when, at 11 years old, she arranges to have sex with the 16 year old stable boy while away at school and gets caught. It's pretty obvious that Christina Crawford has a warped perception of reality. There are also many contradictions if you read closely, which makes me think there were some exaggerations.

Also, the love that Christina claims to have for her mother feels extremely phony, which just makes it harder to read. Hate seethes from every paragraph. Releasing this book was clearly an act of revenge, and even if it was justified, it was still unpleasant to read.
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