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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (September 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340937440
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340937440
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #509,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Shy Keenan founded Phoenix Survivors, an organization that campaigns for justice on behalf of victims of sexual abuse and works to rescue children at risk.


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Thank you for sharing your story Shy Keenan.
Melissa
This story is very sad and hard to read without some tears, but is well worth it.
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I would say if you think you might like it, get it!
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By R. Buttram on January 28, 2010
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I was shocked how a sick, twisted man (if you can call him that-he's more like animal!)could treat an innocent child! I almost cried many times thinking about how hard it must have been to endure such torture and the mom is just as gulity for not believeing her and not protecting her and also abusing her by beating her too. I work with kids and am going to be even more diligent about spotting warning signs of kids being abused so more kids don't have to go through the unthinkable things these poor kids had to go through. Wonderfully written book about an amazing person who miraculously survived all of this and now is helping others not have to go through the same thing, talk about turning around bad for good, amazing!
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Christy Smith on April 10, 2009
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This book is absolutely heartbreaking. I've read a lot of books about abuse and this one, is to say the least, startling. How the author survived, I have no idea but it makes you respect her.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Iris on April 26, 2008
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This is such a sad, sad story. How can any logical person think that a little 4 year old girl could want to have sex all the time? Her stepfather raped her and her younger sister every day, but when she tried to tell her mother or social worker, the stepfather said that she tries to pull his pants down and forces herself on him all the time. This is disgraceful.

This book is a very personal memoir of Shy Keenan. It is well worth reading if you can overcome the graphic content.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jeannie Howard on May 1, 2011
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This was such an emotionally written book (that affected me so deeply)that it has taken me some time to think about how to word my review.
BROKEN is a heart breaking account of YES one of the worst cases of child abuse I have ever read. I found myself horrified yet unable to stop turning the pages to find out how she survivied to even write this.
I loved the ending and knowing that "the monsters" in her life were held accountable (but not as much as they should of been). What was so sad for me was she never stopped loving the one person who should of protected her...her own mother. We see this so often in abused children, no matter how bad the abuse is, they still love and want the acceptance of the parent or loved one. Almost like the dog who is kicked and will still crawl back for more. I am happy for Shy that she was able to get past her childhood abuse and share her story with the world. I am sure that it was part of her healing process and may I say she has done a fine job and has went on to be an advocate for others. This is well written, well edited and well done! Bravo Shy!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Loretta M. Carrico-Russell on May 14, 2010
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"Broken" by Karen "Shy" Keenan is an incredible read. What sets this memoir apart from others of this type of genre is the attention to the stages of recovery one goes through when recovering from abuse.

Anyone who has experienced incest/sexual abuse as a child can relate to Keenan's story of surviving long past the actual abuse. Hers is a story of courage and of perseverance; and Keenan handles the telling of her story with the same strength she used to survive her childhood. One cannot help but feel empowered after reading how Keenan pulled through the hell of her childhood.

Most memoirs are written to encourage, to teach and to inspire others who may be struggling with like situations, "Broken" does all of these. Keenan asks for no pity, sympathy or praise for overcoming her ordeal, but merely for readers, government agencies and all others to listen to and to protect children from predators of all kinds.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mickie on June 23, 2009
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This is a book you cant put down, sometimes you may need to take a break because it is such a heart breaking story. It is hard to imagen a child going thru what Shy went through. This book goes to show you, just because you have a horrible child hood it is really up to you how you live your life once out of the situation. If Shy can become a person of admeration and strength anyone can.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Stout TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 12, 2010
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This book is a devastating first-person account of child abuse. No, not just abuse but almost the obliteration of a child by the people who should be protecting her the most - her parents - a mother and stepfather. And the system that should have helped protect her - from teachers to neighbors to relatives to police to Child Services - all helped the parents by turning a blind eye and sometimes worse.

This woman - and her sister - went through some of the most horrific physical, emotional and sexual abuse I have ever heard or read about and survived. Shy Keenan, the author, went on to help expose and convict her abusers and is now a Chief Advocate, fighting for other children.

This book is brutally graphic, gutwrenching. I cried, I cursed, I applauded. I thanked God that there were two couples that gave Keenan enough hope in her bleak world to persevere.

NO child should EVER have to endure what Keenan did. I know.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Standtall on October 2, 2010
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This book is very hard to get through. It is so horrific that many times I just wanted to put it down and walk away. Six months after I first read it I still find it hard to think about. However, I think this book should be read by as many people as possible. It is a story of survival like no other. Words cannot do it justice. READ IT!
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