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4.27  ·  Rating details ·  26 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Cubbyhole Kid tells a harrowing survival story of a young four-year-old boy as he recounts his days being raised in a strict Irish Catholic family while expressing his gratitude and love for two incredible women that saved his life—his protective fourteen-year-old sister, his godmother, and his beautiful, religious mother. Together, along with his other siblings, his broth ...more
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Kelly Long
Dec 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, nonfiction
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this book in exchange for an honest review.
This is a heartbreaking, true story of a boy growing up in an abusive and dysfunction family. This isn't the most well written book but I can appreciate how hard this must've been to write and work through the memories.
Michelle Kidwell
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cubbyhole Kid
by C. E. Joseph
Page Publishing
Biographies & Memoirs
Pub Date 21 Nov 2019

I am reviewing a copy of the Cubbyhole through Page Publishing and Netgalley:

This book tells the heartrending true story of abuse and dysfunction in a California family in the late 1960’s.

Cubbyhole Kid is the story of a four year old boy as he recounts his early childhood days being raised in a strict Irish Catholic family in Los Angeles while expressing his gratitude and love for two incredible women that saved
Janet Graham
Jan 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Interesting Subject Matter, But Poorly Written
This book is poorly written, very choppy and more like a 'stream of consciousness' work than a book. The time frame bounces all over for no apparent reason. It seems like all sorts of bad things happened when the author was 4 years old, then it would bounce around again, another bad thing would happen when he was four – and the circle kept repeating. I know for a fact that a 4-year-old child in the late 1960s would not be going to confession! It does
Charles Jones
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
A loving family and a safe atmosphere are what children need; however, life was not kind to CE Joseph because he was born in a family where his father physically and verbally abused him and everyone else in the family too!

Growing up as a young boy was challenging for Joseph. He developed stress and anxieties because of his father's abuse, and it manifested as constant bed-wetting and his fear of speaking up to anyone, except to his sister Sarah. Joseph is a smart boy.

I remember reading about h
Mary Hall
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Trauma and abuse can affect us to our core, and this happened to a boy who's only three years old?

The life of CE Joseph was not ordinary. He was only three when his dad became an alcoholic and developed anger issues that affected the whole family. He was beaten profusely and was verbally abused. He was also molested by his brother Luke. His brother was exploring his repressed emotions as a young boy who was trying to understand his sexuality.

Furthermore, all these unfortunate circumstances had
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hardships in life in the form of emotional and physical abuse are the hardest to bear, more so, if you are only a toddler!

CE Joseph shares his life and his heartbreaking ordeal in this story, "The Cubbyhole Kid". The cubbyhole was Joseph's solace. He remembered vividly when he was only three-five years old, and his family would have trips to the restaurants and the liquor store with his dad, and he would be sitting in the cubbyhole with his brothers and Sarah, his sister. This was also the time
Priya Gupta
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This story shocked me, it made me cry, and it also got me thinking about the children who are facing the same ordeal that CE Joseph went through. He was only four when the physical and verbal abuse started. Even more shocking was when his brother started molesting him. When I read this book in-depth, I became interested to know the percentage of children abused every day. It seems to me that this is a more common scenario now, especially because poverty and not having the best education have an ...more
Barbara Hernandez
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
How do we survive pain and suffering if we don't even get help and understanding from our situation? How did CE Joseph survive the ordeal of being abused by his father and being molested by his brother at the age of four? This is something that I thought about with so much intensity because I felt that it was impossible to have gotten through it without divine intervention. Perhaps it was Sarah, his sister, that caused him to want to continue living, and maybe it was because of his mom too, whom ...more
Jennifer Wright
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love reading this story because of how well it was written by CE Joseph. He was only a young boy when this happened, and he was able to narrate it in the eyes of a boy who longed for love, a wonderful family, and a father who cared. However, life was not kind to him, and at the age of four, the physical and verbal abuse started to happen. Sometime after that, he was molested by his brother Luke, who later came out as gay.

Joseph didn't know who to turn to. His mother was a kind and devout Cath
David Miller
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There is never such a thing as a perfect life, and even though we understand this, we always hope for the best for our children! In CE Joseph's case, he was not able to experience the best life as a young boy.

I felt sorry for him as a man, and the boy who experienced the abuse. He was too young for this ordeal, and without support and help from professionals, it was difficult to live as a child and eventually as an adult.

His story was during a time when hiring a psychologist and involving your
Maria Lopez
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This story has made me more aware of the intensity of abuse in children. CE Joseph wrote about his father's physical abuse and his brother's sexual abuse when he was only a child. It was a painful and traumatic story that will move anyone to tears and will break your heart.

It is difficult for me to accept that a young boy, only at the age of four, has gone through this ordeal and not know who to turn to. It was hard for me to imagine how his life might have turned out as a young adult, trying t
Christopher Brown
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
How do you get over something traumatic when you were a child that crushed you to your core? This is the life of CE Joseph and the abuse he faced from his father as a young boy.

Joseph had his safety net, and those were his cubbyhole in the backseat of their car, his sister Sarah and his mother. Growing up as a child, he had already observed the danger of being with his dad. He would get angry without reason. He would endanger his family because of his temper and would sometimes get into petty f
John Smith
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The story the Cubbyhole Kid by CE Joseph is one that would touch your heart, make you feel tense at times, and adore the writer's ability to write something through the eyes of a child. CE Joseph was four years old at the time when he became in touch with reality, his environment, and his family. He had a traumatic childhood experience, and this was because his dad was an alcoholic and a retired military man who was suffering from PTSD. In 1967, they didn't diagnose or treat PTSD, and so CE Jose ...more
Brian Williams
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A child's formative years should be the safest and emotionally fulfilling, making sure that the parents are deeply involved with their child's growth, but not for CE Joseph.

CE Joseph had the most devastating childhood! He was only four years old when he started experiencing the physical and verbal abuse by his father. Although he was deeply loved and supported by his mother and his sister Sarah, having to deal with his father's harsh demeanor was too much to bear for a child. Aside from this, h
Elizabeth King
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
This story is something I would anticipate becoming a movie adaptation in the future. Physical abuse and child molestation have become a widespread problem, and the story of CE Joseph is something that could help spread awareness and help the country provide more care for children going through this ordeal.

His story might not be unique, but things were more conservative, and people did not have the proper education to seek help from professionals. His story happened in 1967 when he was in the c
Patricia Allen
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is intense, moving, and interesting!

I find it intense because you will feel the impact of the abuse that CE Joseph went through as a child. It was a painful ordeal to face and having read about the trauma made me feel tense, sympathetic to his situation, and also broken because I know that it wasn't easy to go through the pain as a young boy.

He was only four when this happened, and his mother was not strong enough to leave his dad. This happened in the 60s and seeking help from profe
Daniel Davis
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
How can life be so cruel to an innocent child? Why can't we choose our parents and the environment we live in? How can someone who had a traumatic childhood move on and face life anew? These are some of the thoughts that troubled me when I read about CE Joseph's story in the Cubbyhole Kid. His story is something not unique, although painful to read about because you will get in touch with the mind and the heart of a young boy whose responses to the abuse broke him and disabled him mentally.

It ca
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the Kindle Arc of Cubbyhole Kid by C.E. Joseph. Cubbyhole Kid is a very painful account of C.E. Joseph's abusive upbringing. He grew up in a household with an abusive, alcoholic father and a mother that wasn't strong enough to attempt to stop the abuse. His sister becomes as much of a guardian angel to him as she can, but also suffers abuse at the hands of her father. The hypocrisy of their father is evident in that he takes the family to church on Su ...more
Linda Young
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
How do we become strong during pain and trauma? Can we make it, especially when all the odds are against us? In this story written by CE Joseph, we begin to explore and see the life of a young boy living with an abusive father and a brother who molested him.

As an adult, at thirty-seven old, being equipped with a balanced mind and emotions, going through the pain and challenges in life is manageable, but when you are four years old with no one to teach you how to handle your emotions and thought
BreeAnn (She Just Loves Books)
The Cubbyhole Kid is a heartbreaking account of one boy's disturbing childhood abuse at the hands of his father. This memoir brings to life the terrible events that C.E. Joseph lived through and will bring an array of emotions out in the reader.

I struggled with the writing of this book. I think it could have used a lot of editing. The structure of the story pulled me out of the memoir as the scene changes felt abrupt and placed oddly. Overlooking that, the story underneath is a beautiful one of
Floyd Thursby
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A compassionate and important look at family alcoholism and child abuse, so rarely written from a male p.o.v.
The writer skillfully weaves the recovery of the protagonist as an adult....with the abused child's voice, giving us the opportunity to experience the pain...and the hope for healing from such if to say: "from this crap shall grow a strong tree".
Anyone who endured molestation, alcoholism or abuse will connect. Those who were blessed with having a "normal" family life without
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First of all this is the saddest story I have ever read. The child in this book goes through the unimaginable and with every word you can feel the child’s pain. I cried towards the end because it just seemed like life was getting worse and worse. I love that this book shows how having caring women in your life can make all the difference. While this is the saddest story ever told, it ends with me just hoping for the best. This is an easy read and I read it in one sitting.
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, netgalley
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is a heartbreaking account of really just one year in the life of the author. It is a short memoir and I was surprised when it was suddenly over. I was left wondering what happened next. But it is a worthwhile story and one I would recommend.
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