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Memoir of a Milk Carton Kid

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Tom, ' I said, bracing myself for the threat that was sure to follow. 'I need to talk to you about something. About leaving here, I mean.' He didn't hit me. Didn't threaten. Instead, he looked at me with great sadness. 'Who saved your life?' 'You, ' I replied, 'but...' 'Who takes care of you?' 'I know that, ' I told him. 'I just can't live like this.' 'You can't live? What ...more
Paperback, 213 pages
Published October 11th 2011 by Tate Publishing
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Jan 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
Saw the authors speak at a library event. I think that Tanya Kach has been manipulated by men her entire life and her lawyer is no exception. The story is, of course, compelling, but the writing and editing are abysmal. If Kach's lawyer was really doing what was in the best interest of Kach (as he says motivates all his decisions) he would have left the writing up to a real writer, which would likely have led to the book being published by a major publisher. It is a horrifying story of negligenc ...more
Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

Although I'm glad for the existence of books like Memoir of a Milk Carton Kid: The Tanya Nicole Kach Story, written with her participation by her former attorney, Lawrence Fisher, I feel the need to admit my biases right away -- that I find stories about girls who are kidnapped and sexually abused within s
Oct 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book is a good book for Moms of tweens/teens to talk of the dangers that are out there. True story that never had to happen or at least go on as long as it did. The school, police & esp her parents should be ashamed for letting her disappearance not to be shouted from the rooftops. The school's principal knew of the improper relationship and never said a word. Even after she was rescued Tanya's parents were not supportive emotionally, physically, financially. They treated her as a burde ...more
Oct 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
What an interesting story. How sad that no one came to her rescue and that her childhood was taken away. Makes me mad.
Stephanie Cram
Oct 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
Kerry Connelly
Victim of captivity? Or mentally unstable teen looking for love and affection who gets more and more unstable and bored as time goes on so decides to write her story and call it a ten year 'captivity'?

How disapointing. What starts as a well written, cut to the chase summary of Tanya Kach's life and mental state before meeting her 'captor', (Due to the lact of affection and stablility in her home life), turns into an almost quickly scribbled down list of dates and facts which is told in random se
L. Carrington
Oct 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
‘Tom,’ I said, bracing myself for the threat that was sure to follow. ‘I need to talk to you about something. About leaving here, I mean.’

He didn’t hit me. Didn’t threaten. Instead, he looked at me with great sadness.

‘Who saved your life?’

‘You,’ I replied, ‘but…’

‘Who takes care of you?’

‘I know that,’ I told him. ‘I just can’t live like this.’

‘You can’t live? What about me? You would destroy my life if you left. I am the only person to ever show you love, and you would leave me? Don’t be stupid.‘
Joanna Nunez
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
Memoir of a Milk Carton Kid sounds like it would be an odd book to bring on a vacation, but I am fascinated with True Crime and memoirs, so this seemed like a good choice.

It was very dry, tedious in places and overall, mostly a bore.

It's told by the victim, Tanya Kach, with her lawyer, Mr. Fisher. While I didn't expect the subject matter to be thrilling or light hearted, I didn't expect it to fall flat. She was a neglected child that fell for a janitor who used that to his advantage. Yes, he was
Dec 06, 2011 rated it did not like it
Terrible...i didn't even finish reading it. It filled with Tanya using alot of "psycho-babble" and after her rescue it is all lawyer talk..completely boring. This book had no depth when I'm sure it could have had lots seeing as this was such a terrible thing that happened to her. Google her name and you'll probably find the same as whats in this book an it will take you less time to read it.
Aug 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Read this book quickly. Makes you wonder how many other kids fall through the cracks and if others are even in this type of situation. Hate that those in authority like the police and school system got away with their neglect. Hope she's doing well.
Courtney Spearman
May 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Holy cow. This was the most dramatic, back and forth book I've ever read. I've never heard of a family or life being as dramatic, crazy, or emotionally unstable as Tanya's. It felt like this book was never going to end. Thankfully it did.
Julie Driscoll
Apr 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read this book really fast which is not typical for me. Easy read.
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Sad story, but inspiring to learn about her life. I feel more sorry for her because of her home life with her parents.
Oct 17, 2011 rated it liked it
After seeing this story on tv I wanted to know more. It's sole purpose is to deliver information about the case. I found it interesting but it was just okay otherwise.
Anna Hepworth
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, library, non-fiction
I like reading stories of ordinary people. In many ways, Ms Kach comes across as an ordinary person, but she had a particularly unpleasant set of things happen to her. And while she writes of them dispassionately, setting them out step by step, the sequence was harrowing. Especially as there is rarely foreshadowing, so sudden about-faces from friends come across as a slap in the face. The story was unpleasant, but the writing was gripping. Even still, I had to put it aside and do other things af ...more
I first learned about Tanya while watching an episode of I Survived. Her story was heartbreaking and I wanted to learn more. Her parents, the school and the police all failed to care for her and protect her from an evil man.

I hope that many learn the lessons from Tanya's life so other children can be spared the pain that she went through. I am happy that she seems to have finally gotten on her feet and is living a good life with the help of her church and friends.

While her lawyer seems to have b
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good!

Pretty good! A little repetitive but pretty heartbreaking and it’s nice to get the true side of this crazy situation.
Jul 27, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2012-books
I do feel for this poor woman's ordeal but I get a whiff of an unpleasant personality on her part which seems to have made many of her relationships "sour". Likely she started as a troubled kid and obviously her situation could not have improved it. I do find it shocking though that the police bungled the case so badly and that the statue of limitations was allowed to run out before she could sue them. Her school and police both failed her badly and no matter what kind of person she is, she dese ...more
Apr 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: true-crime, memoir
This is one of those tricky situations where a lot of people are saying a lot of different things. Kach's claims have gotten progressively more elaborate with each interview, but I hesitate to assume she's lying. If her narration of events is to be believed, most people claiming she has lied are people that cannot be trusted. Abusive parents, negligent school boards and police officials, and the captor himself with the assistance of his parents.

With Kach went through sounds like hell, starting a
Dec 09, 2013 rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book. It was a quick read- took me about 3 hours- and very engaging. However I really couldn't empathize with Tanya very much, sadly. Like many other reviewers have said, she comes across as a person who is fairly unlikable, not able to keep friendships, and perpetually playing the victim card. Her time in captivity is barely covered. She complains about being abused for 10+ years but besides having to keep quiet and not having AC in the summer, she does not cove ...more
Alisha Greenlaw
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book took me less than 24 hours to read. It was so intriguing that I couldn't put it down. I loved the honesty that the author wrote with; this was the horrible (true) story of Tanya Kach who was held captive by one of her middle school security guards for 10 years before escaping. Tanya was brutally honest about how her school officials, police, and parents failed her. At times it almost sounded too bitter to read, but in the end I really appreciate that element in her writing. This book s ...more
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Not a great read. I found the first half of the book interesting but once she escaped I found myself skipping pages just to reach the end. Her story is so controversial and im still not sure how I feel about it. I feel she tried to blame everyone else for what happened but never once looked at herself and why people reacted in the way that they did. For example she ran away twice before and then was shocked when no one took it seriously when she left to live with Tom. If my child had run away tw ...more
Aug 01, 2012 rated it liked it
This isn't a book you like, it's more of a book you admire. This isn't fiction, this is the real life story of a woman who had her teenage years stolen when a pedophile who had found employment as a school security guard held Tanya hostage. The Pennsylvania teen came from a troubled background with warring parents and step-parents who either use their daughter as a pawn or ignore leading her to be problem child and easy target for her abductor.

She is held hostage for nearly a decade in the man's
Oct 06, 2016 rated it liked it
If you'received going to read this book, the first two thirds is the section to read. It covers Tanya's childhood and time in captivity. There are some things about her story that I would'very liked to know more about. It feels like sometimes she kind of glosses over things, like I'm still not entirely sure how she ended up in Tom Hose's bedroom in the first place. She mentions having to leave Judy Sokol's but then goes right into already being captive. A little more of the psychology would have ...more
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I feel compelled to write a review although I rarely do for other books. I'm disgusted by other reviews which seem to place the blame on a 14 year old who was manipulated by so many horrible people in her life. The book is not well written, and perhaps the lawyer/author has taken liberties to shine a light on himself, however I can't help but think that some good may come from a memoir such as this.

Yes, the book lacks depth and gory details of the victim's captivity, however it does give enough
Aug 24, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015
After spending the better part of the first few chapters muddling through how Tanya believed everyone had wronged her -- I never did get to the part where she was actually abducted--. I quit reading.

This book was written from Tanya's perspective, and I understand she had negligent parents, one of whom was an absentee mother who was dealing with her own addictions and emotions but as I continued to read I found myself feeling very little sympathy for Tanya - since it seemed ( to me) she brought a
Emily Syme
Feb 06, 2017 rated it liked it
While the story itself was very intense and real, the editing left a lot to be desired. While I understand many books sometimes have errors slip through the gaps like missing words, this one misspelled people's names, including the authors. Despite this, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys true stories about abused children (in the sense that the story is compelling to read, not that they enjoy children being abused) as it really made me mad for the justice system, and all the steps ...more
Mar 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
I very much enjoyed this book as far as learning about Tanya and what she went throught.
I certainly understand the controversary regarding many saying that she could always have left.
Well, yes, technically she could have, but realistically, how could she? Where would she go?
The system did indeed completely fail her, as did her family before them.
She only knew this life and believed it was all there was.
She was truly a victim for every second of that 10 years and before, and the story of sur
Mar 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
If I was a mother, I would have all of my children read this so they could learn about the dangers and signs of a pedophile approaching them. Tanya's story isn't as extreme as some abduction stories are but yet, it's still horrifying and sad. Especially because her abductor worked at her school.

It upset me to know that her father didn't even care about her and her survival and I sympathized with her when she stood up to him and removed him from her life.

The second half of the book was boring d
Heather Scheels-sanborn
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Tanya Kach did a good job writing her book. Her life seemed pretty horrible BEFORE she even started dealing with her captor. No child should have to live a life like that. I know that some people may not agree that she was "kidnapped". There will also be some that can't even understand how she ended up in that house, but I can. When you have issues it's very easy to get yourself wrapped up in the first person that shows you any kind of, seemingly, positive attention. I hope her life from now on ...more
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