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Appreciating Angels: Sarahs Story: Inspiring heart warming story of human strength despite adversity Kindle Edition

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Appearing Angels is incredibly easy to read, but this doesn t mean that it is an easy read. The author deals with subjects that for many sheltered middle Englanders are the stuff of nightmares: a violent teenage gang rape, anorexia, difficult parent-daughter relationships, bulimia, alcoholism and drugs. That Sarah is still here to tell the tale is testament to her sheer strength of character. From the illicit girls night out that unravelled so drastically the book moves quickly through her teenage life and despite it dealing quite explicitly with some harrowing subjects, I just couldn t put it down. Sarah has threaded the angels in her life beautifully through this book and it is this element which stops this feeling like misery-lit and turns it into quite something else. Twenty-four hours on from finishing the book I m still thinking about it and the questions the book raises. It s a brave book. There are plenty of scenes which don t paint Sarah in a flattering light far from it. And yet through Sally Asling has told, what feels like, a very balanced story. I also don t feel a sense of poor me which you so often get from books of this genre. And frankly, Sarah would be entitled to take more than a little tea and sympathy, she has had a tough life. Appreciating Angels: Sarahs Story is absolutely compelling, thought provoking, harrowing and encouraging all in one. Well worth a read -- --Fiona Humberstone, Founder, Flourish Print and Design

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  • File Size: 582 KB
  • Print Length: 111 pages
  • Publisher: Blessings Book; 1 edition (December 13, 2010)
  • Publication Date: December 13, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004GB0LQ2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #552,326 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By MamysMark on July 21, 2012
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Please don't bash this, I'm not reviewing the author this time. I just wanted other parents to be educated. I downloaded this book on the recommendations of reviews that said it would be great for teenager and young adults. Because I work with that age group, I thought this may serve as a great teaching tool. After reading the first few chapters, I have had to delete this book off of my Kindle cloud, because my 13 year old uses it as well, and the things she would read here I've not heard come out of the mouth of some of my hardest teenagers. I understand that the author may have wanted readers to get the full effect, and boy did I get it.

I'm horrified and disgusted that there are human beings out there that are so utterly evil and depraved to even be able to THINK about doing to this girl what was done to her. But the author does not just say she was raped: she goes into very VERY descriptive detail, almost to the point of distracting away from the point. At the club, she describes every body part they were touching, in detail. That, along with the bad language (the girls screaming, 'F***** for the very first time' to the tune of 'Like a Virgin'), and I would caution parents of even young adults. I've read horrifying accounts of abuses without turning away, because I believe every victim deserves the dignity of having their story told. I applaud the courage it took to tell this story, but I have also read other books with a similar story that garnered the same effect without the minute details and use of language this author chose.

I just wish someone would have told me this before downloading this book, so I thought I would make sure other parents were similarly warned.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Allison on April 15, 2012
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I read this book in one sitting, late into the night. I could not put it down. I was moved to tears by Sarah's courage, her strength, and her ability to survive. Sarah is truly a walking angel; her path in life has taken her to experience the depths of what humans are capable of doing to each other in order to realize what her human spirit is capable of overcoming. I had a lump in my throat when I read about how she donated her time to caring for JJ's family when they were in need. Her instincts, while recovering from her brutal past, led her to be of service to others. Her path and the way that it has crossed with others shows how we are all part of a bigger system in the universe and it can be in our darkest personal turmoil that we touch others with beauty. The people in Sarah's life surely know that they have been touched by grace. Thank you for telling this story!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 3, 2013
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I wanted to like this book, but I found myself struggling to read it and not in a good way.

The descriptions of Sarah's (don't you love the missing apostrophe in the title?) encounters are explicit to the point of making you avert your eyes from the page. The level of detail does nothing for the storytelling. It simply makes you wonder what on earth kind of mind could fantasise about this kind of lifestyle and put it on paper. And that's exactly how a lot of this book reads, like a weird fantasy that has been committed to paper. Now, it may be a true story disguised as a novel, in which case it's hard to believe the real depths to which a girl's life could sink; but it comes across as fantastic, rather than contemplative.

On top of the actual events being in the realms of unbelievable, both the pacing and structure were off, and there were plot holes the size of my fist. Not to mention the fact that pretty much every guy the character meets decides he wants to get in her pants, then does so without much trouble at all, there's literally no character depth outside of what passes for the protagonist.

The "angels" subplot I didn't get at all. I completely skipped those chapters after the first. Who on earth is Susannah? Who's narrating? Is this real? This kind of device could be used to great effect but really wasn't. It makes the book feel like it _is_ a real account, just a really, really badly written one. I still have no idea. Oh, and I don't think Katie, the friend on the phone, ever actually got around to saying what she meant to say. Random loose ends like that at the end of the book.. ugh.

Books like this can go one of two ways. They can be horrific in a contemplative, sympathetic way that helps you understand there are human beings out there who are damaged through no fault of their own, and trace back some of the ways that damage surfaces in adult life. Or they can just be sick. This one was the latter.
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By Amazon Customer on August 10, 2013
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Though a bit confusing at the beginning, this story unfolds into a beautiful tale of a young girl who endures more than anyone should but still manages to find herself. It's a story of hope and strength. It has a refreshing new perspective, is well written, and explores a sensitive subject with grace.
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To be completely honest the girl is a slut. Oh well the truth hurts. The book really doesn't deal much with her eating disorder. It is more about her insecurities. But I will read her next book Weightless and see if its more about the subject of a eating disorder.
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By Lilybelle on December 14, 2012
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As explicit and dramatic as this book was, I really liked it. It definitely had a message for me. For a book to leave me in tears at the end is saying a lot. There were some shocking moments, but if you can make it to the end it is really worthwhile.
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