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Neglected But Undefeated Hardcover – October 8, 2010


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Neglected but Undefeated is a tear-jerking story about abuse, neglect, and healing! A young child wakes up one morning on the laundry room floor in his home. He's completely bruise from head to toe and can't remember how he ended up sleeping there. Awaken by the smell of breakfast cooking in the kitchen, he eagerly stands up and walks into the other room and greets his mother who's in the middle of cooking his favorite breakfast. Soon what starts out as a simple, Good morning mom, quickly escalates into a verbal tug-of-war. Suddenly the child's mother begins to beat him with the hot frying pan she was previously using to cook the eggs in. After beating him with the pan, she then grabs a high heel shoe to finish the job she already started on his defenseless little body. Afterwards, she unplugs all the phone and walks out of the house, leaving him curdle up in pain on the kitchen floor. This is just one of the many tragic stories of Jonathan Burkett's childhood growing up with a mother who didn't love him, a step-father who turned a blind eye to the excessive abuse and neglect, and the sexual molestation by the adult females in his life who he thought he could trust. As a child, all young Jonathan wanted was his mother's love and attention. But in return, all he received was beatings and death threats. Around the age of fourteen, his mother threw him out of the house and with no place to go, he became homeless. One day, he sat his mother down and asked her if she loved him. His mother replied only sent him further down a spiraling hole of depression and uncontrollable rage. However, as Jonathan tries to piece his young adult life together, he encounter people who attempts to uplift and support him through his troubling times. But will the pain from his childhood destroy any chance for a happy future? --Joy Farrington, The Book Club Expert

Born in 1987, Jonathan Anthony Burkett has lived a young life that reads like fiction: vicious beatings by his mother, a mental breakdown in elementary school, homelessness, seizures and hallucinations from a brain disorder brought on by stress and anxiety, and finally brain surgery that would either help him or kill him. This is a story about my life as a young man going through many struggles. ...Finding myself at the early age of fourteen, sleeping on the streets, in cars, and parks, with a broken heart and mind because of the life I was living. Neglected but Undefeated is a heartbreaking but ultimately hopeful memoir of a young life full of bad times. There have been so many wrong routes that I've taken in my existence because of the confusion and neglect that my mother has shown, because she saw another man when she looked at me. ...I need to let it all out to be able to move toward a better life like my psychiatrist, psychologist, therapist, counselors, and the ladies in my anger management classes told me. Born in Florida, Burkett lived with his grandparents in Jamaica, where he had a happy childhood until he moved back to the states at six to live with his mother and father . That s when his mother savagely and routinely beat him because she hated his real father, who had raped her. Burkett s litany of his mother s severe and constant beatings, her attacks on him with a knife, and verbal abuse are harrowing, and at times, relentless. I wanted to shake him for not defending himself until I remembered that this is a boy who only wanted his mother s love and put up with the unimaginable trying to get it. In 2005, alone, defeated and discouraged, Burkett prepares for brain surgery, not quite sure if he even wants to survive. He is aided by Marise, a worker at the hospital and by the knowledge that the surgery could change his life, if he survives it. When he does, and the surgery is successful he decides that despite the trials and tribulations he had faced and would face he ll never give up. He turns to writing to understand his feelings about his mother, and it changes him in ways that he never expected, allowing him to forgive her and come to terms with his life. This evocative story fully illustrates the W. Somerset Maugham quote that all writers eventually come to know, We don t write because we want to; we write because we have to. Burkett s memoir poses the questions: How do you keep going when you have nothing left? How do you find courage when you are all alone? How do you love yourself when your own mother doesn't love you? Though this is not the most eloquent, or well-written story, and the poems often intrude in the narrative, this does not fully diminish its impact. If you appreciate stories of survival, hope and ultimately empowerment, Neglected but Undefeated will not disappoint you. It might even give you reason to count your blessings. --Book Reviewed by Carol Taylor, AALBC --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Jonathan Anthony Burkett was born February 1, 1987. He is a bright outstanding writer inspired by many, as he continues to struggle in life. Devoted for achievement in his lifetime, he is willing to take any test. He told himself, that he would never give up no matter the trials and tribulations. He decided to write to help him move towards a bright future for himself; and because he knows that's what his Grandparents want for him. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris (October 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453596011
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453596012
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,575,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jonathan Anthony Burkett was born in 1987. He is a bright writer inspired by many, as he continues to struggle in life. Devoted for achievement in his lifetime, he is willing to take any test. He told himself, that he would never give up no matter the trials and tribulations. He decided to write to help him move towards a bright future for himself; and because he knows that s what his Grandparents want for him.

Learning now that life is a challenge for many, with trials, tribulations, brutality, hatred, along with grief and manipulation. Jonathan is writing now to release his thoughts about life, after being motivated, inspired to prosper, encouraged to tolerate, uplifted, and empowered from his past.

"Father God strengthen my willpower, for I have made it through battles, but I know that the war is nowhere close to being over, for me. However, I plan on standing strong throughout it all, never giving up, and believing that I will live to see brighter nights and days" Jonathan pray's.

His latest novel is "Friends 2 Lovers" a beautiful portrayal of how the strong bond of friendship and truly knowing someone can blossom into a lifetime of love........

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 27, 2013
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This book is so far fetched. Completely unbelievable. I can get passed the amateur writing, but it seems as though this young man did a lot of embellishing. And quite frankly, if my child spoke to me the way he spoke to adults life wouldn't be easy for them either. Once he made the statement that when he was five his teacher wanted him to get her pregnant, I was pretty much through. Didn't even make it half way through the book. Wish there was the option to leave zero stars and request my money be returned!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Teresa Beasley on April 24, 2013
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A mother's love for her child is supposed to be enduring and nurturing. A mother should protect and guide her child but Jonathan Burkett does not experience this in Neglected But Undefeated. Jonathan shares his story of abuse, homelessness and how the abuse he suffered caused seizures, loneliness and confusion.

Jonathan realized at a young age that his mother did not want him. To remind him, Jonathan's mother did everything in her power to erase him. It hurt me that Jonathan was prepared to accept his fate at the hands of his mother. The non-existing relationship between mother and son paved the road for Jonathan's relationships and interactions with others. Jonathan's ray of light was his grandparents both always putting a smile on his face. When Jonathan loses his grandfather, depression starts to set in and Jonathan believes nothing will ever change for him.

Neglected But Undefeated is the painful story of a child's life with an abuser. There are different kinds of abuse but Jonathan's mother takes it to another level. Jonathan was in a no-win situation because his father never attempted to help him and neither did any other family members. Those family members that could have helped were too far away. I applaud this author for sharing such a painful story and my heart goes out to him. I also applaud him for overcoming the obstacles placed in front of him and not giving up on himself.

When reading this book I did keep in mind there are always two sides to every story. The nature of the story did stir emotions within me but the dialogue confused me at times. I do believe with some content editing this book would present better. However, I do recommend Neglected But Undefeated to others.

This book was provided by the author for review purposes.

Teresa Beasley
APOOO BookClub
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By George Shadow on March 22, 2013
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Title: Neglected, but Undefeated: "The life of a boy who never knew a mother's love"
Author: Jonathan Anthony Burkett
Reviewer: George Shadow

Summary:
Had to think about this one for some time. Then I realized that this story is about a boy's eventual reunion with his father. Initially, the story's hard and bitter pages will make one forget its ultimate goal, and I don't think it's the author's fault, either. The boy's mother hates him because his original father raped her. Pure and simple, but young Burkett wants a mother's love, so he undergoes the inhuman treatment immediately obvious in the book's subsequent pages in the hands of his mother. How this all ends remain to be seen by the reader, but one thing becomes clear as we near the end of the book. Jonathan is a resilient young man and has deep resolve, something lacking in today's youth.

Social/Historical Context:
Freedom is a human right, but there are many people today still enslaved in their own homes. NEGLECTED, BUT UNDEFEATED tells the tale of one such human being. A young boy whose blissful early years suddenly turn to horror when he is made to travel to the United States to stay with his mother, who is supposed to be one of the most-trusted persons in his life. However, she turns out to be a monster, and this memoir is the young boy's chronicle of how he persevered and later got reprieve.

Writing Style:
Written in the first person, the novel has some grammatical error. The informal language is filled with American black slang and most of the words here are ribald, really.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By gator on May 16, 2013
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At the end of story Mr Burkett says he is still in contact with this horrible person called "mother". She tried to either beat him to death or kill him with knives. She should be in prison!! Instead,
he still does things for her!!
I feel some parts of the book may be a little far fetched. How could he survive beatings for hours at a time and not require medical attention which would no doubt expose the mother? Too much of his
poetry at the end of the book. Would much rather have more details of what happened to Mr. Burkett in his adult life.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Reader's Paradise VINE VOICE on October 25, 2010
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You might expect Jonathan Anthony Burkett' Neglected but Undefeated to be just another memoir, about life gone wrong for another black child. But this story is much more than pain and lost it's surprisingly about reconciliation of a boy with his real Father.
The first day I started "Neglected but Undefeated" I had to put it down for a couple of reasons. One was the shocking events that a child went through at the hands of his mother; (unbelievable). I had so many OMG moments while reading I just thought my mouth would remain in an O shape.
Young Jonathan was shuffled from the states to Jamaica, and then made to live only a few steps from his mother's house with a woman named Nicole; his mother's best friend. Living at Nicole's was good for Jonathan because it was there he received guidance and disciple after leaving his grandparents home in Jamaica. Jonathan is allowed to come home. But the verbal, physical and mental abuse doesn't end. The abuse is so bad that Jonathan begins to have seizures which land him in the hospital for days. The authorities wonder what was going on in this young child's life that would stress him out to the point of anxiety attacks and seizures. An investigation ensued and his mom is on her way to jail for child abuse and neglect.
It is not my intent to review the darkness in this book but to show you the light. God conveniently place angels in our life just when we need them. For Jonathan his angel was called grandma, grandpa (Doctor) and Lori. On Saturday and Sundays Lori took Jonathan to church, his grandparents gave him a foundation in the Lord, but at such a young age he didn't really get it. It wasn't until he realized God's Omnipresence, Omnipotence and Omniscient powers.
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