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About the Author

Cady McClain is a two-time Emmy award winning actress for her roles on "All My Children" and "As the World Turns." Previous books include "Conversations with the Invisible" and "Licked-poems of Love (sort of)." Her first short film as a director/writer/producer, "Flip Fantasia," was accepted into the Macon Film Festival in 2014. She also writes articles for the Internet and keeps a blog on her website: www.cadymcclain.com. She is currently starring on the CBS daytime series as "Kelly" on "The Young and the Restless."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 16, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1497356946
  • ISBN-13: 978-1497356948
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #628,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am not a viewer of soap operas, I did not even know who Cady McClain even was. I ordered the book simply because it looked like her story and mine would be similar. She describes with dynamic lyrical eloquence her journey through sexual abuse as a child, an absent father, and an alcoholic mother that she supports.

Her mother not only "takes all her earnings" but literally "owns" her freedom even into adulthood; telling her how to dress, instructing her on the fine art of HER (the mother's) way of decorating, and who to see and what do do to get ahead, all in the mother's best interests. Cady spends her days outwardly as an actress, but internally, her soul belongs to those things external to her. The only freedom she achieves is when her mother passes. At that time, she feels a mix of sadness and relief, and finally achieves her long sought freedom.

The author stresses several important points in this book in the interest of finding the self; one is the cohesiveness and unconditional love found in the 12-step programs, the importance of long-term therapy to put the chaos into perspective, and the importance of finally achieving forgiveness by realizing, to quote her, "....Now I have both pity and compassion for both my parents. I can even forgive them. I can do this because I recognize they simply did not know how to love any better than they did." When this epiphany is achieved, forgiveness can begin to occur. We cannot love others unconditionally unless we ourselves were raised with unconditional love, and some poor souls have no cognizance as to how this is done.

This is a must read book. I wept, I chuckled, I identified with many of the author's emotions. I am certain, dear readers, you will too.
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This book was written by someone I had watched for years on All My Children. I didn't know what to expect, though the title was strong. This lovely actress had a hellish childhood, with parents that did not allow her to really experience being a child. Alcoholism, inappropriate words and actions (to say the least!) are all soul killers to a child. But Cady shines through, first trying to distract her parents from their issues, then by essentially being the parent to her woefully ill equipped mother. She tells her story in a way that can trigger those of us with similar backgrounds, but her unflinching look into her life needed to be told. She is a class A survivor. She could have given up at any point, but did not. She persevered way beyond what a lot of us would have tolerated. And she came out stronger for it! This was a great read. As a kid with abusive parents also, I found a kindred spirit. I never would have guessed this lovely and talented actress, director and writer went through hell for many many years of her life. I am happy for her survival, for her courage and for sharing it with us. By doing that, she not only found healing for herself, but she brings it to those of us who share the relentless anger and neglect she endured. I cannot say enough about how much this book touched me. I will now watch her perform with a greater respect for her as an actress, but more, as a strong woman!
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Cady McClain is a hero. I just read her captivating, heart numbing, often funny, honest, wise, and beautifully written book. I am speechless. It takes courage and gusto and determination to reveal such a profoundly sad, yet hopeful story about one's younger, formative years onto the page. Not only does she recount intimate details of what transpired during her childhood, which in of itself are brutal and unimaginable, she manages to write about it with clarity, depth, and introspection. I highly recommend this memoir to anyone who has been abused, overlooked, mistreated, who has been misunderstood, who was forced to grow up quickly, who was able to pick themselves up, growing more resilient, and strong during the process. I also recommend it to those seeking inspiration. Cady is one of those rare forces who encourages that it is okay to be you, with all of your thoughts, emotions, anger, joy, and vulnerability, to live the life you desire, against all odds, and to own the feelings you have. Apart from an impeccable acting career, she has yet another gift: writing. If you are seeking a book that cannot be put down, look no further; this is the one.
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I just finished reading Murdering My Youth: A Memoir. Once I started, it was hard to put down. Cady is an amazing writer and I knew that from reading some of her blog posts. Even knowing that, I was surprised at how compelling this book is. She wrote from her heart about her traumatic childhood and the resulting difficulties she had finding her way to the strong confident woman she is today. As a fan of hers from her Dixie days, I had no clue what a struggle she had outside of the studio where she worked. After reading her story, I have an even greater respect for her. My heart broke for the little girl who had to grow up too fast. I loved seeing the photos in the back pages of the book which I hadn't expected, an extra treat. I'm glad I purchased the book and feel like it was money well spent. I highly recommend it. She's refreshingly honest but not at all self-pitying...more like "This is how it was and I'm OK now". She gives hope that no matter how tough your life is, you can survive, and you can find happiness.
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