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April was here, leaving my mark [Kindle Edition]

April O'Brien
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This book is my autobiography but it is better than any novel. It is full of action, murder, sex, tragidy, love, heartach, abandonment, survival and so much more. If you liked "A child called it" you will love this book. I also painted the cover of this book. The painting has some of my daughters ashes in it. A must read and a book you can't put down, it will leave you wanting more.

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  • File Size: 748 KB
  • Print Length: 297 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A brave memoir December 16, 2011
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This book grabbed me from the beginning. April O'Brien proves that one can make good choices even if they have had a terrible childhood. Some of her insights on poverty and youth were inspiring. There is some doubt that it all happened. (Can someone really make all this up?)

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
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it July 14, 2012
By PattyW
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I read some of the reviews and I understand what they are saying as far as the mistakes. I read it like a diary and I didn't care about the errors. Now I got it for free and maybe that helped but I still really enjoyed this story. It had love, heartbreak, humor and it felt sincere. I respect the author's honesty and I truly hope that there is a sequel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing & Heartrending July 29, 2012
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First of all, let me explain my rating. This memoir itself deserves 4 stars. The story is intriguing and hard to put down. In fact, it stayed with me after the book was finished. As some of the other reviewers have pointed out, there are some grammar, spelling, and editing errors. HOWEVER, once you read the story, you will understand these errors because the author did not have the benefit of a normal education. She was taught in the "Heavenly Loft" of the despicable Rebekkah School for Girls, a weird classroom situated above a working barn located on a sprawling cult-sponsored home for wayward girls that was little more than a prison.
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow! April 2, 2012
By REgina
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April really was here! This is a remarkable book. Yes, I saw the grammatical errors but I loved this book. It is so inspirational. My Kindle Fire kept dying on me and I hated having to wait for it to recharge. I don't know how she survived her childhood but it sounds like she finally found her way.

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.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Poverty Life, Well Lived December 12, 2011
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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. It is so inspiring to read about someone who makes you feel as if they're saying "I am not what I was made out to be - I am what I have made of myself". This is really a life well lived; even in the face of nearly overwhelming odds which would silence the spirit of a lesser person. After reading this, I want to meet Ms. O'Brien and give her an enormous bear hug! Please read this book. I swear you won't be disappointed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a joke. March 28, 2013
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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 life. I feel used for even being duped into reading this trash.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I Want a Refund! December 26, 2011
By Lisa
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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 book is priced about the same as a professionally published one and for that price I expect better editing.

If you don't mind that, it's an interesting story.

The errors are not ones that are caught with spell-check, cuz they are properly spelled. However, they have a completely different meaning.

For example: the author uses "there" for every variation of the word when "they're" or "their" should be used; the author uses "allot," which means "to ration out" as in "we will allot each speaker 30 minutes to talk," where the word should be "alot," which means "many." The author uses "no" (which means negitive as in "yes or no" where she should use "know" which shows knowledge as in "I know the answer." "WOMEN"is used where it should be WOMAN. Caricature for character. CarbINE monoxide instead of carbON.

Also, about 25% of the 361 pages coould be cut out by cleaning up the repetitive stuff. There are a lot of sentences that stat wit, "like I said..." & repeat what the author wrote earlier. For example, we are told no less than 5 times that one town is a ghost town.

And that's just for starters. The author also uses quotation mark for no reason, such as in the sentence, she was a whopping "twenty three" years old. I "think" I figured out about half-way thru that parenthesis was the proper punctuation for much of those. Capitalization is misused in places such as Pears and wild Onions.

Basically, this is an English teachers nightmare and that makes it VERY hard to read for those of us who are aware of these things. I really want to finish it.
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More About the Author

I have published three books and have written six. I am working on two more. I am not locked into one genre, I write everything from action adventure, psychological thrillers to my autobiography (better than any novel) and I am working on a book of short stories, a YA novel, a sequel to "April was here" as well as a sequel to "Enter." I also write poetry and painted the pictures that grace the covers of my books.
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.

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