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Augusta, Gone: A True Story

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  750 Ratings  ·  89 Reviews
As a single parent Martha was sure she was giving her two children the perfect life. When daughter Augusta turned 15 things started to happen; first the cigarette, then the blue pipe and the little bag Augusta says are aspirin. Martha can't seem to get through to Augusta, and Augusta it appears is intent of doing everything to hurt herself. Martha doesn't know if she's con ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 8th 2001 by Simon & Schuster (first published 2001)
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Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first of the "parent of a teenage addict" memoirs that I encountered after my daughter's death in 2001. As I read this beautifully written and thoroughly engrossing story, I wished that I had found such a book while negotiating the seven anguished and confusing years during which I tried to save my beautiful tormented daughter. There is nothing quite like a well-told story to link our lives with those of others. Reading one's own story in another's is not only immensely comforting b ...more
Jan 24, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Emily Shepard
Augusta Gone tells the true to life tale of 15 year old Augusta. Telling the tale through her mother, Martha, the story goes back and forth between happier days and the presently horrifying. Their relationship in the beginning was normal and healthy. Augusta telling her mother things, reading together, enjoying each others company, it all went down hill after the divorce. Augusta ditching school, partying, coming home late, smoking, using drugs and not caring about her moth
Lisa Bertagnoli
Apr 21, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was difficult to read - not the writing, but the subject matter, as my family has faced a similar situation. The writing is emotional but not overly so; I applaud the author's frequent and effective use of exclamation marks. It's a fast and entertaining read.
Mar 06, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
How well do you know your teen and when do you decide that their issues are not normal teenage problems? This story travels into the worst nightmare of parents everywhere. If you do everything to give your child a normal upbringing then they turn out fine, right? Great Story
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mother in pain, child gone amok, compelling read
Maggie H
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I feel as though the author wrote the words that I can not say out loud about parenting a teenager that is walking through life the hard way. I am grateful for her honesty and bravery, this is a story many families live yet never speak of. It made me feel less alone and hopeful.
Mary Blye  Kramer
Absolutely stunning, heartbreaking, gorgeous - and finally, happy. Dudman’s writing is perfect, and her fortitude and honesty, her story, riveted me and kept me in bed until noon finishing the book. I cried throughout her epilogue, knowing her daughter made it.
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As stated on the back cover of the book, Augusta Gone by Martha Tod Dudman is “the story of a girl who is doing everything to hurt herself and a mother who would try anything to try to save her.” Augusta Gone is the prequel to the book Go Ask Alice. Basically it is a memoir describing the same life except this time, from the mother’s point of view. The story is told from the author’s point of view. She is a single parent who strives to give her children the perfect life, as oppose to her own ch ...more
Martha Tod Dunman put together a very visual and descriptive novel titled Augusta, Gone. The book is about a family disrupted by divorce leaving the mother of the family and her daughter battling it out due to the heartbreaking family breakup. Coming from a divorced family, living with my single mother I admit it can be tough at times. My mother and I dont always agree on things, and when we dont agree we get into fights and bicker with eachother. For Augusta and her mother Martha, when they arg ...more
Aug 29, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I think it's time I start reviewing some of the books I've finished lately; I've gotten pretty lazy :)

I liked this book. It was a true story about a woman and her daughter; her daughter, Augusta, for no discernible reason, completely goes off the deep end in high school with drugs, stealing, etc. The story is written from Martha's (the mother's) POV. The writing is beautiful and Martha expresses her anguish and confusion so clearly. The writing itself was probably my favorite thing about the
Linda C
Jun 15, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this maybe five years ago and am reluctantly giving it two stars, rather than the one that I think it maybe really deserves. The reason-- I guess primarily because I remember it vividly, so that says something about the book, although not necessarily about the people, all of whom I heartily disliked. Ms. Dudman also earned the extra star for honesty, since the book was brutally honest. However, her last name kind of describes her parenting skills-- dud.

My own son, at the time, was the sam
Peyton Turner
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Martha Dudman tells the story of her troubled daughter’s life as she experiments with drugs and how it affects the lives of everyone around her. This well told story goes back and forth between the happier days and the presently frightening. A major message that was implied throughout the book was (obviously don’t do drugs), but also don’t take what you have for granted, because one day, it could be gone. This book was quite heartwarming because Martha risks everything in her life to get her dau ...more
Augusta Gone is a novel written by Martha Tod Dudman in which she exemplifies her true story upon which she is living. Her reckless daughter, Augusta runs amok the town as she tries to hurt anyone that saves her inclusive of her own family. Augusta pulls the rebellious teenager moves like missing the bus and being late for school, doing drugs, staying out late with strange boys, and of course this worries her family greatly. The emphasis on the book between the mother and daughter is great as we ...more
Jul 19, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it's hard to say i 'really liked' this book. it's like saying that i enjoyed alice sebold's 'lucky', and the two books share a lot of similarities. they are true. they are written in a similar style - first person. and the stories both center around family tragedy. sebold's book described in vivid detail not only her rape in college and her determined prosecution of the rapist, but it also details her trying to cope, adjust to her new life, as a 'rape victim'...she found that she only had to fac ...more
Jizza Mariz
Memoir is written in stream of consciousness, and all the whining has gotten into me. I understand the difficult situation that Martha is facing during the narration, and I hated the daughter more than the mother. What is the real problem here? Is it the upbringing or the daughter herself? Growing up in a country where therapies are not a common solution to personality problems (especially not to coming of age problems), I find the daughter despicable for thinking she deserves better from her mo ...more
Sep 26, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
August, Gone is a middle sized book written by Martha Tod Dudman. It is a fiction novel about a troubled teenage girl Augusta, and her mother, Martha. Martha is a single parent who believes that she has done the best she can for her two children. Augusta however grows up into a teenager who does everything that would be a parent's nightmare. She gets involved with drinking and drugs and stays out until whenever she pleases. Sometimes she would not show for a couple of days leaving her mother hea ...more
Dec 31, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one, really
Shelves: 1-or-2-stars
This is a book about a mom whose 15/16 yr old daughter starts not going to school and doing drugs and etc etc. ive read other books like this, such as go ask alice, or sleepwalking in daylight, but this one is the worst treatment of this type of thing. its only from the mom's point of view. she admits she was like this when she was a kid, taking acid and going to san francisco (lol). but she doesn't ever try and sympathize with her daughter augusta and practically ignores her other teen jack, wh ...more
Jazz Crave
Augusta Gone is a book that children and adults will get attached to for many diffrent reasons in many diffrent ways. A story of one mothers struggle with and out of control teen. For me the book was reminesant of the days when I was 15 and wold leave with friends not to be heard from for weeks, and in this book not only did I here once again what our parents went through but I got to feel it. You feel their distress as their young child does drugs, never calls, and is always with someone else t ...more
Apr 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The true story of a mother dealing with her out-of-control teenage daughter who is taking drugs, ditching school, and running away. Frustrated and fed up, she puts her in a few programs that help at-risk teens and some don't work so she is left to wonder if her daughter will ever be "saved". It's a heartwrenching story and anyone who is raising teenage children can relate to her struggles as a parent (I know, I have two teenage daughters myself). What I liked about this book is that while the au ...more
Augusta, Gone, written by Martha Tod Dudman, is a true story about fifteen year old girl starts doing inappropriate behaviors that she shouldn't be doing. The story is written in her mother's perspective. Therefore, the vivid description of her emotion and thoughts were well portrayed throughout the story. However, I felt that her descriptions were sometimes too wordy and unnecessary but it still depicted her depression and confusion clearly. Moreover, I thought that her way to treat the daughte ...more
Oct 27, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought it would be painful to read this book. I had a wild daughter too. I am so glad that martha Dudman wrote this book becuase she writes of her experience living with the crazy years of drug abuse, run-away times, lies, and the deep emotions of a child that walks around hurt all the time. The hurt has to be numbed. Martha also gets the experience Augusta's brother goes through to the tee. She describes her husband in an unusual way, he crys in his helplesness. While my decisions and action ...more
Mar 12, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I wish I could hear from Augusta and see her point of view of all of this. I am incredibly skeptical of all of the programs that she went to, as I have heard and seen so many horror stories about Wilderness programs and "boarding schools" like the ones in this book. The train of thought writing was annoying at times, but I did like how this was a real insight into Martha's thoughts and feelings. I think the reason that I gave it 3 stars was because I wanted more out of this; more details, more p ...more
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've read this book before and I really liked it the first time I read it. Now I'm struck by how poorly it's written. For me, the sentence fragments and poor grammar take away from the story itself. I am presently teaching it and for my students the power of the story still prevails. Written from a parent's point of view, Augusta, Gone tells the story of a girl gone wild and the lengths her mother must go to keep her child safe and what impact those lengths take on the rest of the family. It's s ...more
I have this morbid fascination with books about wayward teens. I think I am preparing myself for when my demanding and adorable littles who can barely stand to let me go to the bathroom by myself morph into sulky and no-longer-adorable bigs who can barely stand to be in the same room with me. It is terrifying--as was this book, which read more like a mother's frantic and stream-of-conscious journal jottings than an honest-to-goodness, edited book. This, as you might imagine, wore thin after awhi ...more
Feb 05, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this immediately after reading "Go Ask Alice". It was advertised as the book Alice's mother would have written. Actually, it is the book Alice's mother wishes she could have written. Alice's mother probably wishes her story ended this way.

I didn't like the writing style. Noun verb noun. This then that. It was boring. Ten pages before the end of the book I took the dog out for a walk. I really just didn't care what happened.
Mar 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Got this book after reading a review of the story in the Globe. Thought the story might be good for my sister to read...I could not put it down... So sad, yet so truthful and recognizable. Martha's feelings of inadequacy as a mother, wife and person seemed so familiar to me. I too felt Augusta was strong, defiant and someone to be admired, but I was angry at her for not being "good". This book is proof that the world is not as we would like.
Jun 19, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this memoir a lot. Martha's daughter, Augusta, runs wild taking drugs, skipping school, running away from home and screaming a lot. Augusta attends a couple of programmes and although she is appearing to do well in them, she runs away. I would have liked to know a little more about how Augusta recovered and graduated from an alternative education program in ME but I guess that is Augusta's story.
Apr 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well most reviews talk about it being a Lifetime movie...Guess I missed out on that one. This book was pretty good. About a mom dealing with a daughter who is having more then the normal teenage issues. This is all from the mothers point of view which being a mother myself made it very heart wrenching. Was hard to stay focused on the book though. meaning in my words I could set it down and give it awhile before I picked it back up.
Sam West
Nov 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Augusta Gone was a suspenseful memoir. It takes you into the life of a mother who is at a dead end with her sixteen year old daughter. You feel as if you are right there making the choices with her. Every page leaves you with wanting to read even more. Once you think things start to get better they take a turn for the worst. The ending is not what you expect to come. Augusta Gone is by far one of the best books I have ever read.
Aug 14, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mothers
Recommended to Jennifer by: my mom
Heart-wrentching. Honest look into raising an out-of-control teenage girl that is into drinking, drugs, and sex. I would read a few pages and then get upset. I guess as a mom of a 10 month old, I really don't want him growing up. I would dream about the characters in this book. Now that I'm finished, I do like the book and the ending.
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