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How does a little girl survive an abusive mother, Catholic school, rape, and a near-death experience? Raised by an abusive, narcissistic mother (who once tried to trick her into having an abortion), Julie Coons was also raped in college by a stranger and later married an abusive man who threatened to kill her if she ever tried to leave. Suffering from physical and mental t ...more
Paperback, 186 pages
Published January 13th 2018 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Julie Coons Yes, it pretty much does. It doesn't cover the last 10 years in depth, but it is a memoir about my life. I apologize for not answering this sooner. I…moreYes, it pretty much does. It doesn't cover the last 10 years in depth, but it is a memoir about my life. I apologize for not answering this sooner. I just now saw the question. I am still learning my way around goodreads so please forgive me. I never want to make anyone wait for an answer.
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Julie Coons I think so. I had to give this a lot of thought before answering. I write a lot about my high school years with my friends however I do write about a…moreI think so. I had to give this a lot of thought before answering. I write a lot about my high school years with my friends however I do write about a rape I experienced in College. But, I didn't go too deep into any kind of graphic description about the rape. I would let my teenager read it. Thank you for your question and I apologize for letting so much time go by before I answered it. (less)
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Vishnu Chevli
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-vimmy
Overall Verdict:- A silver lining of a dark journey

“This Does Not Leave This House” is the autobiography of Julie Coons where she survives child mistreatment, parental slander, brutal rape, marital exploitation, life-threatening diseases and a lot more; all this time holding herself for her daughter Stephanie until she finally breaks the vicious cycle of abuse with the hope that she inspires others to do the same.

For Julie Coons’ well inspiring autobiography, my overall rating would be 4/5.

Detai
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Vanessa (The Bookish Deer)
4/5 stars. A very hard, important and impactful read. Everyone should read this book, Julie's testimony of abuse and rape, among other topics, is guaranteed to move you in some way.
Full review on my blog
Kaylie (shihtzus.and.book.reviews)
Full review at https://shihtzusandbookreviews.com/th...

This book broke my heart, wanting to hug a young Julie and tell her how much better her life would become (I mean, her granddaughter and grand- fur baby are beautiful, what more could you want?!). After going through such devastating life events (so many that it’s devastating to think that one person alone could experience them), she continued to maintain a clear image of the person she wanted to be. I’m normally not attracted to memoirs, bu
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Charisse
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Read

Such an honest look at a young woman’s struggles that she didn’t define her. Breaking a dysfunctional cycle with a great attitude.
Jewel Hart
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent nonfiction read. I loved how brutally honest author Julie Coons is in the reteling of her life. She was unwanted and abused. This is a very inspirational read as she tells how she overcomes the negative emotions and the things that molded her life. This is one of the better memoirs. I recommend it to all women that love books about real life drama and triumph.
Julie Coons
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This is a story about my life. I wrote it to inspire positive change in the world. I’m hoping to encourage others to want to end the cycle of abuse in their own families. I’m also hoping to help other victims heal through my story. This is a raw, poignant and secret revealing memoir written to start a movement to break the silence of abuse and end its vicious cycle.
Theresa Smith
Thank you for the free copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaway. I struggled to get through this book. There are many cliches and generalizations in the writing. My heart breaks for her suffering and I hope she finds peace.
Frank Frisson
There is more to the title of Julie Coons’s memoir This Does Not Leave This House. Growing up, she used to hear those words a lot. I personally know the effect abusive words can have on a person’s mind and the damage that words can really do. Coons starts readers off with two really disparaging sentences being spoken to her. “Your father never wanted you” and “I wish you had died at birth”. Convinced by a legitimate spiritual medium, Coons went on to write a book in the hopes that she will be ab ...more
Ella James
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent memoir. Very touching and endearing. What this woman had to overcome is horrendous. This book is filled with emotion. One of the best memoirs I have ever read. JBS
Hiren Samtani
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A silver lining of a dark journey

A 1970’s album like cover, a colophon describing the author’s journey from torment to recovery.
I didn’t knew Julie Coons and I was sceptical of what was to come (The title had two “This”’ after all).

“This Does Not Leave This House” is the autobiography of Julie Coons where she survives child mistreatment, parental slander, brutal rape, marital exploitation, life threatening diseases and a lot more; all this time holding herself for her daughter Stephanie until s
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Azura
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Less than a year ago, I found this book on the shelf at Covenant House CA a shelter where I used to live at (And ultimately saved my life). Julie's book, This Does Not Leave This House, was donated and signed by Julie herself. Firstly, for someone to go to great lengths to donate their book for others to be inspired by, is humbling. From start to finish I couldn't put down this book. Her story of abuse and overcoming tragedies captivates you from the start. I read the entire thing and took down ...more
Cheryle Tebor
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best book I've ever read!!!!

This book....oh my goodness!! AMAZING!! I just now finished this book and as I sit here trying to write this review I am seriously at a loss for words. It was so powerful, maybe because I can relate to nearly all she went through. Julie Coons is my hero!
If you were unfortunate enough to have a narcissistic mother, this book is a MUST READ! I had to stop and read, through my own tears, parts of this book to my husband because I was so moved.
If you have lived a life w
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Jessica Morgan
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
First of all I'd like to thank the author for sending me a free copy of her book, addressed by hand, inside front cover personalized, along with a beautiful thank you note that was hand written. I give this book 4 stars because of how brave the author was to write about and share such deep emotional experiences she has had throughout her life. Many people, men and women alike, will most likely be able to empathize with her, if not just relate or connect. I will admit some of the stories/chapters ...more
S.
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read Julie Cooons book once through. I identified and understood every situation she writes. Uncomfortable or not my life experiences were different. However the pain I felt brought up emotions and unearthed traumas I never dealt with before. I picked up her book the other day and read it again.

Juiles book is informative as a memoir would be. Heartfelt and poignant. The take away is her mission to help understand abuse not only for herself, but many others. Thank you and I applaud your t
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bruce
Jan 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My thoughts

I found this book helpful to me because I lived with an abusive stepfather. He died nearly two years ago and although I felt cheated that he did not have to answer for his behaviour, I am able to think of him with compassion because he was an unhappy person up to the day he died at age 89.
My two sisters and I have different ways of dealing with this but have been able to talk about him. Counselling would have helped!
Wayne Jackson
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one well-written and emotional book! And what makes it even more unique is that it is a true story! It makes you ask yourself questions that you probably never thought about... It makes you think over about your relationship with your friends, family, kids... It makes you want to be a better person!
I would highly recommend it to everyone who wants to read something worth it, to everyone who enjoy quality writing!
Jo
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a true story. I find it hard to believe that someone would continue to allow some of the behavior--but never having been in that situation, I don't know. I admire that she did stop the cycle of abuse and that her daughter and grand-daughter received such love from her. I did find the last chapter where she gives advice to those in a similar situation enlightening.
Michelle
Apr 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Coons writes an excruciatingly honest portrait of her life with the lessons she learned along the way. I would have given more stars but I felt the story kept backtracking making it hard to follow at times. Coons writes in a very conversational tone and really bares her soul for the reader which makes up for the back and forth.
Kelly Shade
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing read. Very emotional, very real. Also, I want to congratulate the author for the choice of name - "This does not leave this house" is a sentence that every child with abusive parents heard,
simple and yet very strong!
Robin Koupal
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A deep look into how long term, intense parental abuse effects the child.
Coons articulates her own experiences in hopes that others might benefit by knowing they are not so alone in having been raised like she was.
Excellent read.
Mike He
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great book that helps increase the awareness of abuse and manipulation within family and marriage. Also great stories about the author Julie Coons’s non-stop search for understanding and love as well as her pursuit of happiness.
Mickenzie Jensen
A good story

I think the author's story is good, but there are a lot of issues with the editing/general flow of the story.
Cheryl
Jun 12, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Did not like it

Very poorly written, seemed to have every cliche abuse story captured. Feels Inauthentic. Happy you found love in your life.
Brianna Remus
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I do not normally review autobiographies, but when Julie reached out to me with a description of her book, I could not resist taking a deeper look into her tumultuous past and how she overcame so much adversity. This book is most certainly not for the faint of heart, but I also know the experiences Julie outlines are incredibly common and should be talked about more in society. Rape and abuse are things we all cringe at and feel sorrowful about, but it has also become a taboo subject that does n ...more
Catherine Townsend-Lyon
"As A Child, I heard the title of this book many, many times" ...

After reading this amazing memoir by Author, Julie Coons, I can now say I have found a "Soul Sister" for life! If the title doesn't grab you, the first page and opening will tell what the reader is in for, so strap in and be ready for a roller coaster ride! It begins with “Your father never wanted you.”
“I wish you had died at birth.” How does anyone tell a child this? We all do not come from an "angelic family background" that is
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Amy Shannon
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Powerfully raw with undeniable strength

This is a very powerful memoir and I find that the author shows great strength and power within herself to share her story. Terror of abuse and rape, other tortures that one can inflict on another do not hold back Coons. The story, which was written from the experiences of the author, was well written and articulated. It tugged on the heartstrings of the reader, while trying to gulp down the tears. An amazing triumphant story of survival and using tragedy a
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Ankita
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I would start off by saying that this is so far the most powerful and moving memoir that I have come across this year. If you are thinking Julie Coons is not a celebrity then why should we bother reading about her life? I would give you three reasons to go grab your copy right away:

She shares how she broke the cycle of abuse which, let’s face it, most of us are too afraid or too ignorant to do.
Despite living a life filled with all sorts of negativity, she inspires her readers towards positivity.
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Kathleen Garber
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve been reading a lot of abuse memoirs lately and each of them has horrible stories of what they went through. But I was shocked near the start of this book not for a behind closed doors story of abuse from family but for what she went through at SCHOOL.

From Chapter 3:
“I’m in a basement, I’m chained to my chair and I’m six years old.”

My first though was oh my god your parents chained you to a chair! But no, it’s worse than that. Her TEACHER chained her to a chair. Why? Because she was left han
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Dawn Clifford
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

From an early age she suffered at the hands of her mother, who would torment her verbally, never praise her in anything she did, putting her down and saying horrid things to her, yet still she craved her mother's love. Even at a Catholic school she had no escape from abuse, where she was continuously punished for the slightest things in ways no child should suffer. Life was to get no easier as she grew up. Not only was she raped in college but her mother tried to trick her in to an abortion. Whe
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Happy Booker
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This Does Not Leave This House is an autobiography of an innocent child who endures every possible abuse and is asked to keep it all quiet. Julie understands the abuse but finds it hard to set her self-free until she finally breaks through and breaks the silence.
I found the story to be more of a learning curve for all that have suffered abuse and also remind them that it is not something one goes through it alone.
The literature was written with such a soft tone. The autobiography was written wit
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I am a wife, mother, and grandmother. I live in a small town in Oregon. I just finished my first book and plan to write more. It was never my idea to write, "This Does Not Leave This House." I was talked into it and convinced it would help others heal through my story. That is, if I am brave enough to tell it. It two years to write and six months to professionally edit it. I'm glad I wrote it; I'v ...more
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