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Can't Forgive: My 20-Year Battle with O.J. Simpson

3.30  ·  Rating details ·  239 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Don’t tell her she needs to find closure. Don’t ask her to forgive and forget.

When Kim was just 22, her older brother, Ron Goldman, was brutally killed by O.J. Simpson. Ron and Kim were very close, and her devastation was compounded by the shocking not guilty verdict that allowed a smirking Simpson to leave as a free man.

It wasn’t Kim’s first trauma. Her parents divorced w
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Kindle Edition, 260 pages
Published May 1st 2014 by BenBella Books, Inc.
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♥ Marlene♥
What a weird book this was. Or is. I have never felt like reading anything about the killings of Nicole and Ron because I knew the killer had gotten free which I still find ridiculous.


This woman Ron's sister was someone I did not know but had heard about. She is not a woman that I can relate to. She is so different than myself it was sometimes hard to fathom.
That being said I read some tweets where people told her to get over it after she had posted Simpson's jail address but I understand her an
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Stephanie Borders
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015, memoirs
I enjoyed this at first, until I realized that Goldman was just going to gloss over her brother'a murder and the subsequent trials. It was odd what she chose to include and what she didn't. For instance, we got a pretty detailed narrative of her dating life and the birth and raising of her son, but her divorce from her son's father is barely mentioned. There is no linear timeline to her memoir and she jumps back and forth from year to year and decade to decade with no rhyme or reason. Truly one ...more
Debbie
Jul 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Kim Goldman has had a lot of obstacles in life. She had an unusually close relationship with her older brother because she had an absentee mom. Her dad was present and involved but had a new wife and family. She was disfigured in a horrible car accident as a teen. Then, her brother was killed in a senseless double murder. Since her brother's murderer was O.J. Simpson, she was forced to grieve and seek justice in the public eye. I'm sympathetic to Kim and her struggles. I think Kim's childbirth a ...more
Shelley Geiger
May 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Rambling on

I gave this book only three stars because the author rambled on about the same thing. It felt like she didn't have too much else to say and needed to fill up pages.


Marsha
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
We tend to forget how violent crimes affect the families of the victims and Kim Goldman does a wonderful job of sharing how the death of her brother, whom she was very close to, affects her in her daily life.

I was very much obsessed with the O.J. Simpson murder trial in 1995. I was living in Los Angeles at the time, and it was a topic just about everyone had an opinion on. It was an interesting and powerful case that involved celebrity, wealthy, race and jealousy. I visited the site of the crime
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Lisa  Carlson
Jan 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
Recommended to Lisa by: the local library
Shelves: memoir
In June of 1994 the murders of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson permeated the news cycle and would continue to do so for some time. I remember it very well because my son was born 3 days prior and everywhere we went in the hospital it "was" the news story. It was a terrible crime and the end result for both families was appalling. The subsequent new stories, television shows etc would only add torment to the families; although, I have always felt the Brown's response was nothing like the Gol ...more
Charlotte
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book is well written although there are several typos, it skips around and often feels disjointed, and discussions about boyfriends don't seem to fit. This book is about the author's life before vs after her brother's murder and acknowledging she's ok not forgiving the murderer. There is also insight into the pain she, and I imagine others, feel on the anniversary of their loved one's death. This part of the story was unexpected yet very much appreciated as it will undoubtedly help me be a b ...more
Becca Moss
May 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Maybe more of a 3.5 stars. I recently watched The People VS. OJ Simpson and became engulfed in the trial, Nicole Brown, OJ Simpson and Ron Goldman's stories. I was hoping this book had more to do with the trial and the Goldman's thoughts throughout the nine-month trial but it was a lot of information about Kim and her life, her love life, etc. Can't say I was very interested in that, it also jumped all over the place, back and forth it wasn't necessarily written very well but it gave an insight ...more
Carol Wiilliams
Oct 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Although I have NO doubt in my mind that O.J. Simpson killed both Ron and Nicole, I do think that Kim needs to accept the fact that the justice system let her and her family down and she needs, for her own sake, to just accept it and move on. It has been 20 years! OJ is in prison, old, arthritic and shamed. The majority of people agree he got away with murder due to a corrupt jury, a corrupt judge, bad police work and too many
People with their hands outstretched looking for a payout.

I know the G
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Robert
Dec 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Story is great, but editing is only fair. There's enough talk about the tragic things that happened to Kim and Ron that you forget the purpose of the story, and yet I don't blame her. In her shoes I would have spouted and rambled ten times that - except no one would want to read it.

Otherwise I agree. OJ should have been convicted, Judge Ito couldn't organize a hot dog roast, and I hope Johnnie Cochran was assigned his own personal taunter in Hell. Everyone who shouted at the Goldmans are delusi
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Jennifer
Jun 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Not at all what I was expecting, but not a bad read. It was much less about her battle with Simpson (as advertised on the cover) than I thought it would be, but it was an interesting look into Kim Goldman's thoughts and feelings, and certainly it was brave of her to share them so candidly. At times I almost felt as though I were reading her therapy journal and witnessing her work through some of the trauma from her past. It sometimes had a rambling, stream-of-consciousness feel. It seemed pretty ...more
Laura
Mar 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Compelling book by a surviving family member of a celebrity murderer. Mostly enjoyable and interesting. Until the last few chapters the book was paced well. She did not spend too much time on the trial. She shared interesting and often tragic events of her life. She was respectful of her son in not going into depth about the soap opera with his father. The last few chapters could have been left out. They were a bit stream of consciousness introspection that started to meander and detract from th ...more
Jami Dutcher
Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. I surprised myself. I wasn't a huge fan of the Goldman's before I read this book but it gave me a whole different perspective. I found myself admiring both Kim and her Father. Story was a little disjointed and flipped back and forth in time. I wish the story had flowed more in order but all was revealed by the end of the book. It was a fast read. I found that I had a hard time putting it down which I also didn't expect. I highly recommend this book.
Courtney
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've always felt a kind of kinship to Kim Goldman as we both lost our brothers (obviously in very different ways). So a lot of the grief feelings she talks about ....I found myself nodding my head along with. I thought it was a good book that talks about her life now and how the loss of her brother obviously still impacts her every day. Personally, I can't imagine the loss of a sibling along with all the publicity and notoriety of the case. She is a very strong woman.
Ericka
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
Not good. From the title, I was expecting something more spiritual or philosophical about a how a person approaches healing when they don't believe in the religious or cultural concepts of forgiveness.
It is a personal memoir without much depth or organization. The value was probably in its being written, not in its being read.
Jackie Ringgenberg
Sep 04, 2015 rated it liked it
As a Court TV "junkie" I watched the OJ trial in it's entirety. I can't even imagine what Kim must have endured during the ordeal. She will never be able to forget the brutality of her brother's murder at the hands of OJ Simpson. However, I do hope someday she will be able to forgive, not for OJ's sake but for her own healing.
Gloria
May 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
I was disappointed thought their would be more information on her, OJ in prison etc. One minute she was saying in her book that she was going to see OJ and the next she's describing past relationships. I got a little lost in the book. If she was going to go in such detail about her personal life after OJ name she should have omitted OJ name from the book.
Michael N
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting, and well written . It was a good read about her life after losing her brother. She writes about what she has done and experienced since the trial ended years ago.
Katie
Jul 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
Rambling, about random life events - very little about OJ.
Lisa Brown
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
So glad I purchased this!

As Kim is painfully aware, her brothers' murder touches a lot of people for a lot of different reasons. This book should be on everybody's list...
Tracy Morton
Jul 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was not about the OJ Simpson case as much as it was about her life. Still an interesting read though.
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