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The Monster That Ate My Mommy

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Mothers are supposed to love their children unconditionally, but what if they can’t? “Your own mother doesn’t love you—what makes you think anyone else will?” These words haunted the author and affected every decision she made. If she wasn’t good enough for her mother’s love, what was she worthy of?

In The Monster That Ate My Mommy, Jessica Aiken-Hall takes the reader on he
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Published September 7th 2017 by Moonlit Madness Press
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Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a hard review to write. On one hand, giving 5 stars is the easiest to do but on the other hand I feel that giving stars to a memoir as powerful as this one, doesn't fit. I have honestly never read anything so poignant, so raw and heartbreaking. So many times I wanted to reach out to Jess and did hold my own kids that bit tighter in my arms. An amazing book, fantastically written and such an eye opener to real live out there. Definitely recommend it!!! Definitely!
Em Yarnell
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a journey. An emotional roller coaster for sure!
I can through my time studying and through some past experiences, relate to this story, especially to her relationship with her Gram and there are quite a few times that I had to stop reading and wipe the tears form my eyes. It is lovely to read a memoir that despite being harrowing and brutal at times, is beautiful and grounding. I praise Jessica for being brave enough to share her story in a way that isn't a woe-is-me tell-all. I've read a f
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Monster that Ate my Mommy was really hard for me to read. Not because its a bad book, but because it was so emotional. It is a memoir written by Jessica Aiken-Hall, and the things she had to experience as a young child are awful! It was probably pretty therapeutic for the author to share her story, and get things off her chest finally. She experienced things no child should EVER have to live through, and it seemed like her life would never get better. The pain I felt for Jessie was overwhelm ...more
The Monster That Ate My Mommy by Jessica Aiken-Hall was an emotional rollercoaster. I'm in tears right now, and they keep flowing as I write my review.

This is heart-wrenching, and triggering. I've never read a story quite like it, as they say, nothing can replace real life. I wanted to be there, I wanted to help. How do you review something, real. I can tell you all about the masterful writing, the steady way that tone flowed and how even though Jess starts as a child, the writing mimics that.
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a tough one for me. I don’t usually read memoirs and I struggled a little with the format and not reading it as fiction. Even though I really wanted it to be fiction at times. It is a cruel, heartbreaking and brave story she tells, and the language follows her own age in a convincing manner. That also allows the reader to follow her reasoning and grow with her, which was so powerful it caught me a little off guard.

So, read with care. It’ll change the way you look at people. You’ll face
Sue Wallace
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The monster that ate my mother by Jessica aitken-hall.
Jessie and peter are in a family who abuse and are violent. They are loved but they don't feel loved.
This was a emotional read. I really felt for Jessie and what she went through. A really good read. A moving and heartwrenching read. 5*.
Jennifer Gilmour
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I cannot commend the author enough. Jessica is an inspiration to many, she is brutally honest about what happened to her and she doesn't shy away from the reality of child abuse or domestic abuse. It took a little longer to read than expected and I can imagine for others it would take a while because of the content, but Jessica has thought about this and her chapters are short so you can take it in smaller chunks.
This is a must read and will open your eye's to what really happens behind closed d
Viga Boland
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When it comes to memoirs, there’s one thing writers need to remember: people love happy endings, especially when the writer’s life has been filled with struggle and heartache, as was Jessica Aiken-Hall’s life in The Monster That Ate My Mommy. That monster nearly finished off Jessica too as she spent the years from early childhood into adulthood searching, in all the wrong places and with the wrong people, for the love she wasn’t getting from her mother.

Typical of abused children, Jessica was de
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Every now and then we stumble amongst a rare gem; that is full of boundless words, life changing lessons, moving and emotional, gut wrenching accurate accounts of living with a disease that is so difficult, and so much more… This beautiful and tragic story is one of those rare gems. I really took a day to think on this one before writing my review. This book left me in tears and a bit shaken for so many reasons, both personal and because I simply wanted to reach in and help Jessie so, so, so, ma ...more
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Monster That Ate My Mommy by Jessica Aiken-Hall

5 Awesomely Amazing Heartbreaking Stars

I am an avid reader and have read since I was very young, I'm not so young anymore and can confidently say I've read more books in my lifetime than most normal readers that read for pleasure. I without even a second thought can say that there is not another book I've read that has touched me the way this book has. This author has taken a heartbreaking story and filled it with so much courage and hope making
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars

“…the fear consumed me and led me down the path to be wary of others. It taught me no matter how much love I could give another person, it might never be enough to save him or her from themselves or make them love me back. A painful and difficult reality to face at three years of age—but it was only the first in my journey through mental illness, grief, and loss.”

The Monster That Ate My Mommy is a heart-wrenching memoir by Jessica Aiken-Hall. It is a personal portrait of the authors exper
Emma Morreale
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I haven’t been this emotionally moved by a book since I read A Child Called It. I kept wanting to tell myself that this was a work of fiction because it’s heartbreaking to know that someone went through all of this but I realized that thinking like that would be an injustice to the author and everyone else who has gone through any type of abuse. It amazes me that Jessica Aiken-Hall lived through probably the most horrible experiences I can even imagine and more and yet still had the courage to p ...more
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jessica Aiken-Hall’s memoir The Monster That Ate My Mommy hit home on many levels, it was published on my birthday and like the writer, I have used Reiki to heal myself … It is one of the most heart breaking stories I have ever read and there is no hiding from the realities that she lived and survived … from one survivor to another … Thank you for sharing your story as it gives us all hope that there is light after the darkness and we are all deserving of it …
Do NOT read this book in the public
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This story was one that took the reader down a road that many people do not see or at least choose not to see. I have seen depression and experienced it myself to a degree. However, nothing that compares to the events that happened throughout this story. It is truly courageous that the author was willing to share her story in this way, with no holding back. As you read you will go through many emotions and a very strong emotion of anger. The problem is, as people from the outside reading about i ...more
Dawn Daughenbaugh
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 Star

The Monster That Ate My  Mommy By Jessica Aiken - Hall




The Monster That Ate My Mommy By Jessica Aiken - Hall  is a book I can guarantee I won't be forgetting anytime soon.What an emotional journey she took us on through her life ,Holy Cow I could feel my heart shattering  on some parts and was absolutely bawling my eyes out as I was trying to continue to read .All I can say is Thank You for being Courageous and sharing your story with us.I just couldn't imagine what it must have been lik
Nikki LeClair
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As I write this review, i am emotionally stunned. This was one brave memoir, and i teared up a dozen of times. This was one of the best, if not the only, brutally honest and heart breaking memoirs I have ever read. It will stay with me for a long time, if not forever. It was raw, and powerful.
There where scenes that where truly difficult to get through, scenes that had me cringing and shutting my eyes. Perhaps what made it all the more horrific was that this had really happened to Jessica,
Amy Stoker
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I usually don’t have issues reading books but this one I really struggled with. I have never read a book that hit so close to home. My heart broke for the author as she told her tale of living with a mother who was physically and mentally abusice, who struggled with mental illness. This book gets you attached deeply to the subject. I cried and cried as I felt I was write next to the autho. This book will leave you thinking about it long after it is done. Writing style amazing, quick to get thru ...more
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Monster That Ate My Mommy, by Jessica Aiken-Hall, is an emotional memoir. These type of books do not typically capture my interest, but something about this particular one that spoke to me on a deeper level. This author takes the reader on an tempestuous journey filled with aspects that many of us have not or will not ever encounter in our own lives. The manner is which Jessica Aiken-Hall shares her story including struggles, disappointments, fears, hopes, dreams and more were so well writte ...more
Stacie Catoe
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Monster That Ate My Mommy by Jessica Aiken-Hall

This book just broke my heart! I would catch tears rolling down my face at different points.  Depression is a killer and there a a bunch of people suffering that no one knows about because they keep it well hidden most of the time.

Jessica always felt unloved and unwanted by her mother.  She felt she wanted her brother, Peter, and later her baby sister, Kate, over her.  Her mom, Wendy, also put whatever man she was with about her kids.  It was v
Tracy Wilkin
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Monster That Ate My Mommy is a harrowing memoir written by Jessica Aiken-Hall. It was extremely comfronting and heartbreakingly difficult to read. The incredible life and journey that this woman endured was a story that moved me beyond belief and reinforced the importance of telling my children I love them and showing through my actions, that they are my world.

I cried for all that Jessica wrote about. I cried for all the horror she endured. I cried for her strength and capacity for forgiven
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book. From the first page to the very last page is so very heartbreaking and unbelievably sad. This story made me want to hug my own children and go adopt one or two others. How does one get over a book like this, much less a person actually live and survive this!? This book will be with me for quite some time.
This story was perfectly written even if Jessie had the worst life ever. I experienced many feelings while reading it, mostly sadness and anger. Books that talk about those taboo sub
Felicia  Bates
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Monster That Ate My Mommy- Jessica Aiken-Hall
Towards the beginning of this memoir I was jotting down feelings, and points I would make in review of the writing. I loved the book immediately but I felt guilty for being so gripped by someone else’s painful experience.I was angry, heartbroken, hopeful, disappointed. Jessica’s writing had me feeling as if I were sitting with a friend that was telling her life experiences.
There was a point in the memoir I wasn't sure I could continue to the end,
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Monster That Ate My Mommy by Jessica Aiken-Hall was such an emotional read. I knew this book was going to be emotional and touch on a tough subject, but I honestly didn't expect it to hit me as hard as it did. The emotions that came to life in this book, almost make you feel as though you are with her and experiencing everything that is happening. This book is about a personal experience with abuse. During part of the book, I just wanted to reach out and grab her and protect her. Honestly th ...more
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Monster That Ate My Mommy is a memoir written by Jessica Aiken-Hall. This is an emotional memoir that will pull at your heart strings. This could not have been an easy story to write, as it was not an easy one to read. Abuse is never easy to read about, not even when mental health issues are behind it. Now more than ever it is important to shine a light on mental health issues. I applaud her strength, not just in surviving the living of the story, but in surviving the retelling of the tale. ...more
Krystal Gregory
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is one heart-opening memoir. I was taken in from the very first paragraph and was heard pressed to set the book down. Ms Aiken-Hall takes you on her own personal journey of heartache, sorrow, despair, revival, and triumph. I could not believe how fast this book went for me, however, I would like to caution the soft-hearted. Many times I found myself in tears, while at the same time, cheering for Ms Aiken-Hall. I happily grant this book 5 out of 5 stars. This is a book that will surprise you ...more
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jessica Aiken -Hall has shared her heartbreaking, yet somehow beautiful story in this memoir The Monster That Ate My Mommy. This story is not one of rainbows and butterflies, it's very difficult to read at times because the heartache you feel for Jesse is overwhelming. However, you keeping turning the pages because like the old saying goes, "the sun will come out tomorrow", right?

This memoir Is Jesse's story of searching for the one thing everyone wants and needs. It's on everyone's "life" surv
Erica Fish
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This story is a memoir of Jessica Aiken-Hall. There are many triggers in this story for anyone who has any type of abuse. This was a difficult story for me. It brought many skeletons out of the closet for me personally with my family. It is amazing what a person can take abuse wise. There can be healing with this book as it was a healing tool for Jessica Aiken-Hall. Many tears, fears, and memories rushed through the words on the page. I was amazed on how forgiving the person who abused you can h ...more
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Monster That Ate My Mommy by Jessica Aiken-Hall is a five star novel. This novel is heartbreaking and gut wrenching. It was difficult to read at times because of the pain that was written onto the page. Having a normal childhood and being a teacher, it breaks my heart to hear stories like this about children who had no control over the abuse they suffered at the hands of the people who were supposed to love them unconditionally. This book was a helpful read for me to see into the mind of abu ...more
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Enthralling but also horrifying. A first-person acount of growing up in a dysfunctional family, enduring abuse and making poor life decisions. It's also an account of loving relationships and of seeking love, illustrating poignantly how low self-esteem can sabotage every chance of real partnerships.

The journey to self-knowledge and healing takes decades as Jessie's early experiences haunt her and even prevent her appreciating the value of the solid friendships she has.

The narrative flows well an
Kim Russell
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heartbreaking but heart mending

There are so many words flying through my head...
Thank you Jessica for putting your life into words and sharing with everyone...
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Jessica Aiken-Hall, author of her award-winning memoir, The Monster That Ate My Mommy lives in New Hampshire with her husband, three children, and three dogs. She is a survivor of child abuse and domestic violence and is a fierce advocate. Her mission is to help others share their story.
She has a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling, with over a decade of experience as a social worker. She

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