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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2013
By writing this brave expose of her chaotic and often frightening childhood, Lisa challenges the rest of us to rise above our troubles and reach out to help others. Never preaching, never dogmatic, she writes honestly and openly about not only coping with a past which none of us would choose but of finding opportunities to better herself and help others around her. Her straightforward style is refreshing and poignant. Congratulations are in order to Lisa Ditchkoff, not only for writing the book but for living a life of example.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2014
I have known the author for about one year. Prior to that, I didn't even know she was alive. After a chance meeting, I became intrigued with her odyssey to this point. To be barely of middle-aged, Lisa D. has authentically lived a life of survival and resilience. The witness of her story has made a palpable difference in the lives of people, who like me, didn't know her before but could relate to some part of her incredible journey. I could not recommend this book more highly. Imminently readable and relatable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Girl with the Caterpillar Eyebrows sounds like a thriller:
James Bond? Lisbeth Salander? Lisa Ditchkoff?
But this one is real. True. A memoir like you've never read before.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 20, 2013
Lisa's story is truly an inspiration by seeing how she has triumphed all aspects of life. Her book is an encouragement to keep going and keep looking forward no matter what life throws at you. Whatever you've been through in your life, good or bad, you can relate to her book, because she's probably experienced similar situations. This book is an easy read, but once you start reading, you will not want to put down. Lisa's book is well worth your time, because it's likely to change your outlook on life, or at least it did mine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 22, 2014
I was amazed at the natural inclination for survival that the author had throughout this book (her life). I would have given up at the first teen pregnancy and then again at failing a class in college and several spots in between. This story will make you ashamed of all the times you have given up in your life. Thank you for sharing your life story and showing the power of fortitude.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I chose this rating because it was an interesting book with some real honesty about this woman's life. For a first time book it held my interest but not grippingly. It skirted some of the issues that could have really added to the book and went into too much detail in other areas. It was worth the read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 12, 2013
Absolutely riveting reading. What a story of survival. How easy it would have been to be " the victim" but instead Lisa dug deep and was willing to do " whatever it took". Should be on a middle and high school reading list.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon June 20, 2014
If taken at face value, this is one heckuva story, a story of poverty, hope, desperation, determination and, ultimately, success and happiness.

But there are reasons not to take this story at face value. For example, on one page the author writes about hunger and desperate uncertainty she and her two children live with. Yet, two or three pages later, all three are jetting across country to Massachusetts to visit with family. Something just doesn't ring true about this telling and this is but one such example.

This does not mean the stories are not true--they most likely are--but it is the manner in which they are told, the arrangement and juxtaposition of the stories that may cause the trouble. Something just doesn't ring true in the way this story is told...

Hence, the need, the desperate need, for a ghost writer, someone who could write the book without being too emotionally invested in the story.

Good story. But better as a biography rather than an autobiography...

But this is Ms. Ditchkoff's story and she has every right to tell it in anyway she pleases. A good story, an inspiring story, but it would be much much better with an effective ghost writer. It would still be her story, but told in a better, more effective way.

Every good book has emotion, but too much emotion, especially misplaced emotion, can hinder rather than help a story.

But read the book. It's inspiring, especially to women facing challenges that only women face in our world today.

Ms. Ditchkoff faced them and Ms. Ditchkoff whipped them. That is a story worth telling--and reading...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 26, 2013
Great Read! Wonderful story of survival. I've had the pleasure of meeting the author. She is a wonderful, caring person!
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on September 18, 2013
Lisa is such an inspiration to all. She has lived many of the leadership principles written about by Dr. Stephen R. Covey, Stephen M.R. Covey, and John C. Maxwell. If you know these great leadership authors, you will enjoy picking out the principles scattered throughout Lisa's journey. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it Lisa! I finished it in less than 24 hours...during the work week. Thanks for the inspiration and the gift of hope you have give others through your transparency. You are making a difference in the lives of others by sharing yours.
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