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Why Me?

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  5,004 Ratings  ·  454 Reviews
In the blink of an eye, Mom ran up behind me and pushed me into the fence. Instinctively, I reached out my arms to stop my fall and ended up grabbing the live fence. My hands clamped around the thin wires, and my body collapsed to the ground as the electricity coursed through it. I opened my eyes and saw my mother standing over me with the strangest smile on her face. “Oh, ...more
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Published (first published September 27th 2010)
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Oct 21, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: survivors of abuse, teachers, social workers, store managers
Shelves: memoir
Sarah Burleton relates in detail the verbal and physical abuse she suffered at the hands of her mother throughout her childhood. I'm sure it took a lot of courage to tell this story. But I'm not sure if telling it to me accomplishes anything. It's a shame she didn't tell it to someone who was in a position to help her.

It's a quick read, and Burleton has a good writing style. But I don't believe this book serves its the purpose, which I assume is to tell an inspirational story of triumph over adv
Ruth Turner

A really quick read. I found it a flat and emotionless recitation of the abuse the author suffered until she ran away, and then the story finished.

There's an epilogue telling us that she graduated, how she met her husband, how she attempted to reconnect with her mother, and the email she sent her mother cutting her out of her life. I finished the book wondering about her sister Rachel. How she had fared after Sarah ran away. If they now have any sort of relationship. I hope so.

A sad story, but n
Nov 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Read this in one night. Disappointed in how short it was and would have liked more backstory on the mother to maybe determine what went wrong in her life and why she is the way she is. Also, more details on how sarah got away and made something of herself.
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-memoirs, kindle
Prior to reviewing this book, I had no idea that this book will captivate me as the way it did. Based on my updates, I mentioned that I was not going to review this book, but my emotions took over my preference. I never had so much hate towards a character in my life, Sarah's mother was despicable. The abuse that she had to deal with as a child is enough to drive anyone crazy. Slapped, kicked, pushed on an electric fence, punched in the ribs, etc. To simply list all of those things will overwhel ...more
Julie Watson
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another heart-wrenching story of a child subjected to a torturous life at the hands of a deranged mother. Even though the book is a short and a fast read, it includes the times most remembered by the author and times that still stay with her. My heart went out to Sarah as she struggles to cope with the abuse and torture she suffers, with her mother also abusing a much-loved pet. Such is the mind of this mother. A highly recommended read if you like reading this type of book. The story does end p ...more
Aug 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
While reading this book I just felt horrible for the author and all she had to go through, and horror at the behaviors of her mother especially. The writing itself was well done in my opinion, but there are a lot of aspects that the book lacks which is why I only gave it two stars.

First of all, it's only 60 pages and trying to write someone's entire life story in that time, even if only hitting the high (on in this case low) points is still going to leave you with minimal details. There is so m
Nov 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: true-stories
A true heartbreaking but soul healing book of the brutal,horrific,nightmarish, situation the author experienced, no wait that she survived! Till the age of 16. The courage that it took to take your life's control when all you have ever heard was negative, and never having anyone to nurture you give you positive reinforcement, is mind blowing, mind blowing that we at times are sent a group of "misfits" or how others judge them to be. And in a very short time give us ALL we have been missing and l ...more
Al Mascareñas
Mar 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
LEMONS INTO LEMONADE. Thank you, Ms. Burleton. Your book touched me deeply. Before writing this, I checked out other comments and responses. My own opinion is that your writing is perfect, just the tone to tell such a distressing and emotion-laden childhood account. I came across your book while setting a goal for my own, and the presence of "Why Me?" on the NYT Bestsellers' List is encouraging.

I have a teaching background and seen students carrying other titles about difficult childhoods. Alth
Lucinda Clarke
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book brought back so many memories of my own childhood, not so much the physical abuse but the mental torment. It is clear now turning the pages that Sarah’s mother had a mental disorder, but children are not aware of this and blame themselves for not being loved. It’s yet another example of a dysfunctional family, there are so many of us. Why doesn’t society see that and rescue us? I’d like to have followed her life a little further and see how she recovered and began
Dec 29, 2011 rated it liked it
I'm not sure I fully understand the purpose of this book. The author says she doesn't want to retaliate with her story or appear the victim, but I'd say that's exactly how she comes across in the story. What happened to Sarah is undeniably horrible, but the juvenile writing and teenage "I won" attitude do little to accomplish her goal of just getting her story out there. How should other children in this situation cope? How should someone who is confided in deal with the information should they ...more
Sarah Burleton's memoir Why Me? tells the story of her horrifically abusive childhood. Her mother's hatred of her is focused to the point of obsession and it seems a miracle that Burleton survived at all. That she has gone on to be a loving wife and mother is impressive and inspiring.

I found this book painful but compulsively readable.
Anne Murray
Mar 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
I didn't read this book as one would read a novel for pleasure or leisure. I read this book for the human interest factor. Therefore the star rating is not really important to me. I just finished reading 'Why Me?' about 10 mins ago and I am so affected by the story of abuse that I just can't sleep. I have so many unanswered questions about why no-one reported Sarah's abuse to authorities. I'm sure people would have been able to tell something was seriously amiss with Sarah as she attended school ...more
Junaida jacobsen
Sep 06, 2011 rated it liked it
A book written by the author about her childhood and her life with her abusive mother. The story itself is one of sadness and survival and for that, i thoroughly felt the emotions she laid out in the book - of despair, desperation and hurt. I do find something lacking in her writing style - the story, i felt, exist in a vacuum - the writer was focused on the actual day to day abuses her mother inflicted on her, and her feelings of survival and i wished she had also written about the relationship ...more
Jeanetta Walker
Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Heart Wrenching...

This book was amazing and had me from the first page. Although it was very graphic at times, it was real and heart wrenching. It made me want to give my son (whom is 24yrs old) the biggest hug and tell him how much I love him. As a mother I can not imagine treating my child this way. How can you bring life into this world and then almost take it away by violence???? This is the one question I have to anyone who has ever laid their hands on their child. Unbelievable. Thank you S
Mar 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
What Sarah went through was absolutely horrific. I understand she needed to get her story out... to get it told... but I'm still not sure what was accomplished in the telling.

It essentially consists of a few short essays detailing specific instances of abuse, and an afterword that she left home and led a decent life.

I had hoped for something a little more in-depth, slightly more inspiring.
Agnes (BeaderBubbe)
Jul 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Abuse - whether physical or still abuse and unacceptable. Except in this day and age it still goes on. A true story by the author..which must have been so hard to write...but had to be told - covers the years Sarah went through this abuse until the age of 16 when she escapes. What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger - and this story showed how Sarah managed to survive her mother's hate and still become a bright, productive woman.
Alexandra Rivera
May 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely Wonderful

This book was intense. So intense, it makes you wonder how there are such awful people in this world to treat another human being with such hate and torment. It was powerful and I applaud Sarah for surviving such brutality and coming out a better person than most in the given situation.
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing

This is a tough read. As a survivor of physical and mental abuse, I read it to see how she handled writing those tough private moments.

She conveyed moments that I could totally relate to and I understood her final response to her mother. I've had to come to the place in my own life too.

Well done.
Debi Young
Oct 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I just want to cry and find out who this mother is so I can have a talk with her. I commend the Author for sharing her life and can not even try to understand everything that happened in this book, You are a strong Woman and I thank God that you have found a way to get on with your life and start anew.I cant believe the monsters that are in this world.
Feb 19, 2011 rated it did not like it
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Not really a full book, and seems like it's probably a self-published attempt to work out the issues surrounding her terrible childhood. Sad stuff, but not especially well-written, so tough going.
Yvonne Dixon
Sep 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
I was bored with the writing of the book. I did not feel attached to the author. I'm sorry she had to endure the things that she did, but I work with kids with stories hundreds of times worse. I just felt throughout the story, "so what?".
Sep 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
I found it difficult to connect with the author of this book. There were so many vague parts when she could have been more specific. The book was too fast. I finished it in four hours. Her story was very sad, I will never understand how a mother could treat her daughter so awful.
Angela McCarthy
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book

This book was so compelling it really shows what can and does happen behind closed doors!We all need to keep our ears and eyes open!
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This piece was an incredibly emotional, insightful, and disturbing memoir of a woman's abusive childhood. It takes a lot of strength to write down her experiences and open it to the public. I believe we need more stories that are as raw as Why Me? that tell a first hand story without a specific purpose just so we can get a better understanding of each of our unique experiences with humanity. I thought it was an extremely raw story deserving of five stars.

I feel the other reviewers are being
Tara Dykes
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great read

A short but amazingly engrossing read. One becomes attached to the main character and hurts when she hurts and so on. Excellent read. highly recommend.
Trisha Kellogg
Apr 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Sarah Burleton was born in a small town in Illinois to a very emotionally disturbed woman. Her first book, "Why Me" is mostly based on the abuse she experienced by her very own mother throughout her entire childhood. She has made it her life's goal to get her story out to the world and be a influence to children who are experiencing the same frightening childhood that she experienced. This being her first book, it also made her New York Times and USA Today best selling author of “Why Me”. In 20 ...more
Jul 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Fantastic book for young adults especially middle schoolers, though I will say that at times this book can make Go Ask Alice and A Child Called "It" look almost tame at times. While impossible for any reader to empathize as no one should suffer the kind of abuse Sarah Burleton describes in this book, the topics that can be broached when using this book with one of the books written by David Pelzer can really afford a classroom teacher a wonderful opportunity to explore social justice and injusti ...more
Dec 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
This was a very upsetting and depressing account of the author's childhood. It was a quick read (I read it in one night) and it wasn't particularly well written. It did keep my interest as I wanted to see what happened to her and her family. Her mother is clearly mentally unstable and it was horrifying to me, as a mother, the things she did to her daughter. I thought the book ended very abruptly... The author said how she got away from her abusive family but didn't discuss the effects it had on ...more
Denise MacDonald
Jun 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
This was a story about the author's life, growing up in an abusive household. I really don't like to give books like this a star rating because its takes a lot of courage for someone to share such a personal story and it is hard to like reading about abuse. That said, this was a very short book and was written in a very matter of fact manner. It was a collection of terrible memories and not much else. It would have been interesting to read more about after she left home and how she changed her w ...more
Apr 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
I give this book 3 and a half stars. Very short and quick read. I am left feeling like maybe the short quick book is the way to go as if it was longer it would be more gut churning for a longer period of time and also that it should have been longer. Not a fun read as it chronicals horrid and inhumane treatment of a girl by her mother. It is good in that it shows that you can reclaim your life even after living with a demented person growing up.
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