- File Size: 769 KB
- Print Length: 297 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: March 10, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004RPRNLI
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,591,102 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
April was here, leaving my mark Kindle Edition
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Enjoy and thank you for reading my books. If you enjoyed one of my books, please feel free to post a review on Amazon. Be honest, good, bad or in between. I welcome your feedback to better my books.
One question asked over and over is if "April was here" is really true? I can assure you it is. I was true to my autobiography, even if I wanted to omit some of it.
My books are gripping, interesting and leave you wanting more.
Top Customer Reviews
Why the four star rating for this fascinating book? I think that the lack of a stable education and the Heavenly Haymow School took its toll. There are many repeated errors like steel/steal, knew/new, to/too plus much repetition of details. The lack of paragraph structure makes much of the story confusing and transitions hard to follow. (I'm not sure of how much is due to poor Kindle formatting.) April is a gifted writer, but needs to have assistance with proofing and editing (as most writers do), to be taken seriously.
O'Brien has a story to tell. Her mother's mental illness, neglect and selfishness robbed April of a loving childhood. I am sure the love and acceptance of Grandma and Grandpa were her saving grace. I especially appreciated that she broke the cycle with her own child. She really has to be commended for "telling it like she remembered, the good, bad and the ugly."
O'Brien has raised my awareness of the teens I encounter in my volunteer work. Because of reading her book, I am more sensitive to their situations. Thank you, April, for reaching out and writing this memoir. APRIL WAS HERE-LEAVING MY MARK
I admire the author's tenacity and resilience of spirit. She endured a childhood sprinkled with abuse, poverty, and domination by various inept and sometimes vicious authority figures. Born to a young mother who had no idea how to be a parent and absent her father, the author never had a loving relationship with a parent. It seemed to me that even when she was young, April was the scapegoat for her mother's bad decisions. Her mother eventually put her in this home for wayward girls where she was brainwashed and further abused by religious zealots. These are the hypocritical types that give Christians a bad name. I cannot call these people at the Rebekkah school Christian, for true Christians would never behave the way these people did.
The author is far more generous than me when describing the keepers of this school. She states they may have had good intentions. I think they were cruel, domineering people who found a cash cow and rode it as far as they could. I am stunned that none of these people ended up in prison or as subjects of a class action law suit.Read more ›
April, you are here. You really are here. Thank you for sharing your story. While it was sad, it shared hoped and the point, that no one should ever give up.
Any help my parents ever gave me was conditional, as happened in April's life. I was also very promiscuous in my earlier life because I so very much needed to be held/loved, and I thought sex was the only thing I had to offer. I graduated high school in three years so I could get married and get away from home. I, too, had a child while I was 17, still just a child myself. And although I had always sworn I'd never raise a child like my parents did, I made many of the same mistakes with my daughter. I just didn't know any better. I never had a childhood myself.
But I agree that everything any of us has gone through makes us who we are today. Everything is a potential learning experience, and I know now that nothing is "good" or "bad" but simply the way we perceive the event.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great story line, believable characters, compelling read. Left me wanting to know more about this author. Lead me to her other books, 2 fictions. Different reviews. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I don't think this is a biography, I think it's fiction from front to back. I can't believe any one person can make such stupid choices over and over in just about every aspect of... Read morePublished on March 28, 2013 by Readaholic
I can not believe this woman is comparing herself to Dave Pelzer. This book is a spelling and grammar nightmare! Read morePublished on January 5, 2012 by Sharon
This is the most poorly edited book I have ever paid for. I'm sorry if I offend the author, as this is a result of poor education, and THAT'S where the blame truly lies, but this... Read morePublished on December 26, 2011 by Lisa
This is an amazing book of love, heartbreak and survival. I laughed & cried my way thru it, what an amazing woman - I couldn't put it down. Read morePublished on December 16, 2011 by Jodi
such a good book i had it read in 2 days.I use to know somebody that went to that place in Texas not long after April and heard stories that are about the same as April's. Read morePublished on December 13, 2011 by Nebraska
Someone once said that everyone has a book in them. That may not be the truth for all of us, but it certainly holds true for April O'Brien. Read morePublished on December 12, 2011 by Alice K. Harris