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Dumpster Doll: The Early Years

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  10 reviews

Michelle Mays was born into an abusive family in the Midwest. As she and her siblings cling to survival, the balance of family ties is weighed against alcoholism, drug abuse, abandonment, and despair. Hope dawns in the form of foster care, only to be deferred by multiple placements and a system not equipped to support the children it's meant to protect.

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Kindle Edition, 157 pages
Published December 26th 2019 by Proving Press
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Barbara Schreyer
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thanks so much to my good friend for gifting me this book. Not knowing what to expect I picked it up, started reading and was immediately hooked. How inspiring for Michelle Mays to be able to share her childhood with us the readers. She truly had a difficult childhood(which really is an understatement), but I don’t know how else to describe it without giving things away. This truly is a inspiring book that just makes you realize how certain people can change a child life without even really tryi ...more
Joel Richards
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Having a wife as an elementary school principal, a lot of the subject matter of this book hit me hard. There are so many children that are affected by the foster care program, both positively and negatively. There are also so many young students that are affected by issues with negligent parents. Michelle has hit one out of the park in describing in perfect detail the aspects of the first twelve years of her life that molded her into the person she is today. The depth and descriptive examples re ...more
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Michelles’ story is heartbreaking but an eye-opener on the child abuse that goes on in our society. This book also touches on how Great foster parent can impact a child’s life. This book is very well written. It is a difficult read, but not because of the way it’s written, but because of the events that occur within the book. I highly recommend this book. It’s definitely an eye-opener.
Edith Coley
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Jen Carter
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is truly an eye-opening, jaw dropping book that, many times, had me shaking my head as my eyes filled with tears. The writing is superb and captivated me from the beginning.

I work in a Superior Court and have seen the parents of these types of cases in countless court hearings but reading the descriptive recounting of Michelle and her siblings real life situations of abuse and neglect just breaks my heart.

I finished the book a few minutes ago and immediately googled “Dumpster Doll: Adoles
Julia Alberino
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
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This is a very hard book to read because of the subject matter, but it is well worth the reader's time. Michelle Mays tells the story of her abusive childhood and her largely positive experiences in foster care in a forthright and engaging narrative. The book ends at the point of her and her brothers' reunification with their father, so readers will have to wait for the next volume to find out how that goes. ...more
Sally S.
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I have no clue how someone.s life could be like this, and turn out to be one of the nicest people out there! Such strength. Can’wait to read the next segment.
It's difficult to rate a book about such a difficult topic but it is not written very well. However, my heart went out to Michelle and her siblings as no child deserves their horrific childhood. ...more
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Amanda McGeehan
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A awesome book that pulls at your heart strings! Makes you really think about the foster system. Highly recommend!
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