Natalie Venuto's Reviews > The Girls: An All-American Town, a Predatory Doctor, and the Untold Story of the Gymnasts Who Brought Him Down

The Girls by Abigail Pesta
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it was amazing

A powerful must-read.

Like the girls in this book, I was a Nassar patient and unknowing victim for 15 years of my life, beginning when I was 12 years old. I, too, was impressed and fooled by the treatment room walls covered with photos of Olympic gymnasts who had written notes like “We love you, Larry!” in metallic sharpie next to their smiling faces and shiny medals. My mind goes back to those photos—his trophies—whenever I think of the abuse I endured at Michigan State Sports Medicine. I was convinced that it was medical treatment, that it was helping me. Watching the victim impact statements in the early months of 2018 was so powerful, and reading this book triggered a lot of painful memories, but I know that it will help me heal.
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August 11, 2019 – Started Reading
August 11, 2019 – Shelved
August 14, 2019 – Finished Reading

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