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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2011
"A Different Journey" takes us from the birth of the author's daughter, an exceptional child with Down Syndrome, to her child's adulthood, and all of the significant events occurring to mother and daughter in between. Ms. Brusic's life combines elements of quiet heroism as she fights to raise her daughter as a single mother and lives out her own life as a Telenovela along the way. This is definitely "a woman's book", and that is its intended audience.

The good things in this book include the consistently loving relationship between mother and child, through good times and bad, and the evolution of the central character from completely dependent wife to strong and capable single mother. Ms. Brusic writes with passion and honesty about herself and her family, and draws the reader into her struggles to survive and attain a better life. Her origins in Bolivia and her assimilation into the U.S. life style add depth and interest to her journey.

The bad things in the book are the unresolved anger that permeates the story, hopefully serving as a form of catharsis for the author but sometimes overwhelming for the reader, and the sheer length of the book, which was too long for this reader to sustain his empathy with the characters.

Overall, for a selected audience (mostly women) this will be a book they really enjoy and relate to. I recommend it on that basis.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 11, 2012
A Different Journey by Beatrice Brusic is such a lovely story of a mother's love for her special needs daughter. The author describes the emotional trials of being a parent of a child with special needs and how some parents become stronger and others cave into the demands. This is certainly not a role for the faint at heart. As a single mother, she managed not only to become stronger but to also provide a foundation for her daughter to become a woman. The raw honesty of striving to be the best mother possible to her down syndrome daughter and finding herself is riveting. I would highly recommend this read not only for those with special needs children but this gives all of us a glimpse into the life of those who do.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 20, 2012
Horribly written. Jumps around a lot. I'm guessing there was no editor or publisher and the writer put it on Amazon herself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 22, 2012
This book was fascinating to me. I got caught up in it from the beginning and loved it. My admiration and respect for the author grew as I got into her wold and learned the challenges she faced as a single parent of an exceptional child. Betty
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2012
I loved the story and really loved the closeness between Mom and Daughter, but found it to have a few too many characters and at times difficult to follow who they were. The father is a low life and have known people like him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2012
This book was good, but not what I expected. I thought it would be more about the child and raising a special needs child. It was more about the mom and her feelings about divorce, family and work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2012
In life we all have journeys that we must take, whether they are by choice or they are given to us, no questions asked. In this book A Different Journey, the author had no choice about where her journey would take her. But she embraced it with love, zest and tears and it made her the strong woman she is today. Her special child is amazing and you quickly fall in love with her gentle baby girl, from her experiences traveling all over the world with her mother to the first time she went to the beach and put her feet into the water. You learn about bigotry people have towards special children (which I still cannot get over) but you also learn that patience, kindness and the love a mother has for her exceptional daughter that will bring tears to your eyes. A Different Journey is a journey about life.
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on August 13, 2013
This books description said this book was about raising an exceptional child, but most of it was about the mother. Also I was very confused trying to keep up with all the characters she introduced and relevance to the story. It was an okay read.
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on September 30, 2012
I have really enjoyed reading this book. As I am a Special Ed bus driver with all kinds of disabled children. I have a special place in my heart for each one of them. Reading this book as really helped open my eyes and heart for Special People. The author really proved how someone can have a career and still have time for their special child. Even through the toughest times she made it through and never gave up. Thanks for the inspiration I have received from reading this book.
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