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Spilled Milk

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  24,415 ratings  ·  1,451 reviews
Brooke Nolan is a battered child who makes an anonymous phone call about the escalating brutality in her home.

When social services jeopardize her safety condemning her to keep her father’s secret, it’s a glass of spilled milk at the dinner table that forces her to speak about the cruelty she’s been hiding. In her pursuit for safety and justice Brooke battles a broken syst
Kindle Edition, 276 pages
Published December 4th 2013 by Amazon Digital Services (first published January 1st 2013)
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Ariafh Qureshi Definitely. Based on a true story this book is a boon to today's society. A great help to lost people who have no idea what to do when abused.

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Elle Klass
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spilled Milk by K. L. Randis is a touching story based on true events. Brooke Nolan, from the time she is a little girl until her teenage years is sexually abused by her father. She isn't the only target in the family, as her siblings feel his wrath in the form of physical abuse. Her mother is disabled from a mishap at work, and there are 4 children in the household which traps her financially. The perfect setting for the lightning storm that is Brooke's life. It isn't until sitting down to dinn ...more
Anne Hawn Smith
This was a very compelling story and I could hardly put it down, but it made me so angry. I know this kind of abuse goes on and that children are victimized by their parents, but this child was also victimized by Social Services and her school. How could such agencies promise confidentiality and then do things which put her into further jeopardy? How could a school be so insensitive?

But this is a story of a young girl with enormous courage. At times I was hearing the music from "Rocky" while I w
Oct 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
My 15 yo read this and told me I should read it. I was hesitant because of the subject matter but also wanted to be able to discuss with her. It was really hard to read in the beginning but I am glad I pressed on and finished it. A very insightful view of what she went through and how the system "works"...or doesn't work. Unbelievable resiliency displayed throughout this book. Thanks for the courage of the author to write this book.
Rachel Blum-jose
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
This just goes to show just how important proofreading your book is. Seriously..."would OF?" "Oxycontin's?" Not to mention the ungodly number of run-on sentences. I bring this up because I thought this was a fantastic book, and it's a shame I couldn't give it a full 5-star review. Editing is writing 101.
Honestly, it is a moving and horrifying tale of bravery and sadness. But if the editing had been more thorough I'd have been able to focus solely on Brooke's voice. Instead, the misused plurals/'s and the disregard for punctuation left me a bit distracted.
Melinda Plue
Aug 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
Proofreading is important. The story is compelling, but the number of run-on sentences and terrible use of punctuation was very distracting. I found myself skimming at the end just to be done with it.
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book very compelling. It shows how someone who lives in a bad environment feels it is normal. When they see how others act in a family, they see their lives are not normal. It reminds people to never judge others. You never know the hardships they go through. Unfortunately many wear a mask so others don't know the real person inside because they mask the pain they feel. Brooke's mask was being a good student. It hid what was really going on in her life. We all hide from one thing or ...more
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is nonfiction/true crime. The story is about a girl who is abused by her father. She has the added burden of protecting her younger siblings and taking care of her mom. As she gets older, she realizes that her home life is not right. She gets the ball rolling that will eventually lead to her dad being held accountable.

I liked that this book focused on Brooke's strengths. She is a survivor. I also liked that she has been able to bring change to a system that had gaping holes when it ca
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put it down!! However, it deals with a very sensitive issue that may make this a book that is hard to read for some.
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Best book EVER!!!

This book was absolutely amazing. I feel so much stronger just from reading this book and seeing how Brooke survived.
Mission Blue
Jul 10, 2016 marked it as dnf
I'm going to dnf this book. My heart just can't take it.
Eliciah Kury
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
1). Author’s Background
Spilled Milk was written by K.L. Randis. She wrote this book to portray her life as a sexually abused child. Although, the main character in the book is named Brooke, the things that happened to her were exactly the things that happened to K.L. Randis when she was a girl.

2). Literary Time Period
The book is based off of little excerpts from her diary, therefore, the book was written in Long Island, New York and Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.

3). Setting
The setting throughout t
Feb 12, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a free Kindle download and is a true story of how a young girl who is sexually abused by her father struggles through her teen-age and early adult life to finally tell herself that she has to close this chapter of her life. Brooke Nolan grew up in an abusive household and for years thought her father and mother's reaction to her and her three siblings was a normal one. Most young girls would have crumbled at what she had to endure but Brooke rises above it all and comes away with a coll ...more
Aug 31, 2017 rated it liked it
I picked this book to primarily understand what can go in a sexually abused person's life and for that purpose, this book does have some new and interesting insights. But, the narration style was lacking.
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
I’m not sure why this book has such good reviews. The story is compelling but the writing is painful. The dialog was unreadable, especially the counselor, Midge. I think I’ve had enough of Kindle Unlimited self-published books.
Sharon J. Iannotti
Jul 05, 2015 rated it did not like it

What ?????? Really sad story, not written well, extremely confusing characters. Do not recommend this book at all. Didn't even finish the last chapters.
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Just remember, rain doesn’t seem all that threatening at first, but too much rain can turn into a flood.”

Cover aside (because well, it’s not the prettiest), Spilled Milk was one of the most compelling books I have read to this date. Spilled Milk shows you the inside of so many things that go on in this world every single day. And through Brooke’s POV, we see the details on how it can destroy a family and cause so much turmoil that they think there is no way to come back from it.

“But at the
J.P. Willson
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As much as the content is disturbing, and as much as I do not understand the 'moniker'- 'based on true events', this is a very solid write. The story is detailed to the point that it becomes painful- but that is because of the subject matter and nothing else.
Thankfully the book itself is not written in the 'graphic sense', that only will come from the readers individual mind, yet that is difficult enough to process.
I especially liked the way the title itself has been worked into the story the wa
Katie Sue
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story was amazing. It’s very sad what she experienced in life but her story of over coming all of these terrible things is beautiful. I cried a couple times and felt all the feels for her. My heart goes out to all those in the world that has experienced sexual abuse, especially as a child. I can’t even begin to imagine how terrible it is.

All in all I loved her journey and the ending of her story. She is an incredibly brave woman. Loved this book!!!
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put this book down from how good it was. What a heartbreaking, incredible story! I love how the spilled milk on the dinner table inspired Brooke to speak out. This book made me love books that are based on a true story.
Rochel Dick Plonka
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Moving story. A memoir about someone who made it through a horrific childhood and became an incredible, strong adult. My favorite kind of book.
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was great. If you have triggers about sexual or domestic abuse then please proceed with caution. This popped up as a popular book in Kindle Unlimited. When I read the blurb I knew I had to read this book. This is the kind of book that will stay with you for awhile. The fact that it's based on a true story made it so much MORE. So much emotions emerged while reading this devastating life story. My heart broke for Brooke. She was so strong. She is someone to admire. Someone you can look ...more
Tara Butler
Nov 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So much praise for this book

I cried through most of this story. When I was finished reading, I smiled. It's a story of heartache and absolute terror but it's also a story of survival and strength. As a woman who suffered through mental and physical abuse as a child, and extreme emotional abuse later in my first marriage, this story of hope was exactly what I needed. I've been contemplating my return to college to get my degree in counseling for a few years now, and I'm going to do it. Thank you
Karen Smith
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book!!! Tough subject matter. It was hard to put down.
Jessica Frey
Jan 17, 2018 rated it liked it
The writing and editing is not great, but the story was very compelling.
Dec 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quite heartbreaking... I'm going to have to come back with the review for this one!
Julie Yu
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Just remember, rain doesn’t seem all that threatening at first, but too much rain can turn into a flood.”

Based off a true story, K.L. Randis writes a dark, touching and well-written novel accurately depicting domestic violence, pedophilia and negligence. The story starts at a seemingly light tone, with a hint of darkness lurking in the corner. Eventually, the true extent of the tragedy our main character has to live with is shown, and with that the reader understands what they main character i
This is a super dark story about child molestation. The darkest I’ve read. I was devastated, I was raging, I was sickened but the most powerful lesson I took away: I was profoundly educated. Yup, I cried for her numerous family betrayals and for the very few angels that stood by her.

The aftermath of reading this book is that it had a restrained & imperceptible agenda vs an agenda that is forced down my throat. I appreciated the authors sense of writing HER story (as well as representing oth
Tina Geffers
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Based on a true story, Spilled Milk, is a compelling and emotional story told through the eyes of Brooke Nolan who is a child sexual abuse survivor. It takes a moment of spilled milk at the home of a peer to come to the realization that her home life is not normal. It puts her on a path to take the olive branch extended to her by others and begin the process of coping and eventually go through the excruciating court system. This story will open your eyes to mind of a child in an abusive situatio ...more
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Author of bestselling novel Spilled Milk: Based On A True Story and new release Pillbillies. Lover of reading, writing, journaling, running and spending tons of time with family.

I love books that move me, make me think and allow powerful relationships with the characters in them. As my husband so eloquently puts it, I am 'Literally the only person he knows who will laugh out loud, gasp or cry
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“Not everyone is abused by getting hit or slapped around, no child. Some people get put down by being called names, or the abuser makes them feel like they crazy and that the abuse ain’t happening.” 2 likes
“We were fifteen months apart in age which meant everything was a competition; who could read all the Disney books the fastest, ride their bike further or know all answers to the universe both large and small.” 2 likes
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