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The Girl Nobody Wants: A Shocking True Story of Child Abuse in Ireland [Kindle Edition]

Lily O'Brien
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (337 customer reviews)

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Book Description

It's my 40th birthday today and I'm trying to smile, but as I look in the mirror all I can see is an empty shell, someone waiting to die... You could never tell that anything was wrong with me by just looking at me, as I dress clean and I keep myself tidy, and I have a smile on my face that hides my emotions and over the years I've become an expert at hiding behind it" This is the shocking true story of an innocent girl abused by the very people who said they would take good care of her. Lily's family began the path to her destruction - they used her and abused her - but they never ever wanted or loved her. The little girl was also sexually physically and emotionally abused by many people around her who were able to hide behind the security of Ireland's Catholic Church-run institutions. She also suffered at the hands of other people around them who they called their friends. You only get one chance to live your life as a child, but Lilly was never given that chance - her childhood was taken from her before it ever begun. From the age of four, when she was first sexually abused, her life changed forever and when she walked through the institution's doors in Ireland, her life continued along the same path that has destroyed her soul. Her emotional pain is as strong today as it was the day it began and will never leave her alone. "When I go to sleep it's in my head and when I wake up I can see it in the mirror and I am only waiting to die." A child abuse story that will stay with you forever and one that you will talk about for many years to come, The Girl Nobody Wants is a harrowing true story that will appeal to fans of biographies.

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  • File Size: 274 KB
  • Print Length: 249 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1780880332
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005Q2MWVM
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58 of 67 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing, compelling January 11, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I finished this disturbing book yesterday and spent today thinking about it. Two points I'll make up front:

1) I wasn't there, so I see no reason to disbelieve the writer unless some other information comes out.
2) Whether or not the story is true or false, here's a truth: There are people in this world that consider those that cannot help themselves (children, vulnerable adults, animals) a burden and do not care for them as they would someone they love. I've seen and experienced enough in my lifetime to know bad things happen, and the lack of love brings forth such events.

The story is about Lily, who lived with a mother and stepfather in London, and after an assault by a family member, was sent with her brother and sister to live with their father in Ireland. It didn't get much better there, as the father was often away, and the kids suffered neglect. When the community found out, they were taken in by a group of nuns and endured more hardship. When Lily grew up, she finally got away and met a man that loved her and continued to attempt to put her childhood behind her by giving her own kids the love she wasn't given.

Overall this was a compelling read that may turn away the skeptics and bring believers to tears. I liked the story, but sometimes, the truth is too hard for people to bear; so I recommend this story with a warning it's not for the faint of heart. Overall, well done, four stars!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hard to Read May 4, 2012
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I downloaded this book on my kindle because a friend (who usually doesn't read much) said she LOVED it and that I HAD to read it. I've read some pretty disturbing child abuse stories before, but believe me when I say that readers who couldn't put down books like "A Child Called It" and "They Cage the Animals at Night" won't be enthralled with this particular title.

I found this book hard to read (and I'm a high school teacher who reads my fair share of bad material)--this book jumped back and forth: the author was beaten and then the next paragrah will go on and on about "....why did I suffer this abuse?" Over and over again.

I assume this book was maybe done as part of the healing process and is in journal-format, which is why it jumped around (shaved head on one page and a few pages later, someone is dragging her by her hair). For a healing journal, it wouldn't have to be entirely accurate for the order in which things happened.

If the author had stuck to the storytelling of abuse and told it all as it was and then added a chapter at the end as a reflection to talk about how she felt about it then and now, I think it would have worked much better. A reader would have been horrified by the abuse, which really does sound awful (and shame on those nuns and anyone who looked the other way) but is instead sidetracked by the reflective comments. However, to go from a near-rape in one paragraph to three paragraphs about how no one ever treated her well and she doesn't know why; it just didn't work and left me frustrated as a reader.
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32 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely well written. November 21, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
A lot of people commited suicide who suffered the degree of abuse that Lilly O'brien did. When I compare her story to survivors of the Holocaust I see some similarities: Lilly lived day to day being mentally, emotionally and physically abused. Memories of sexual abuse haunted her every day. But the worst part of Lilly's life is the fact that she was never loved by her own mother, therefore she never had any self esteem. So many people treated her so badly, but no one ever gave her the foundation for her to feel like she was an honourable human being worthy of respect and love.
Lilly though made something great of her life, she raised three children. She also endured the bravery of trying to resolve her feelings.
Last but not least Lilly has done an outstanding job of writing The Girl Nobody Wants.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sad but good,heart braking and disappointing July 1, 2013
By zahirah
Format:Kindle Edition
People stop complaining this is a good, sad book.I'm a 11 year old girl who loves to read and these hateful comments are ridiculous.She already went thru all of this as a child and your adding on top if it.I think she is a really good person and from all the people who read this book i'm the only one who truly cares about her.When i read this i cried.I wish Lily lots of luck and love with her life.xoxox
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very sensitive writing December 7, 2013
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A perfect case of post traumatic stress disorder and the hell it keeps one in. Instead of blood in your veins you have terror. Her daily struggles can only be understood by another PTSD survivor. Please know that you are not alone. Sincerely, fran and her sister Kay.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Must Read March 22, 2013
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Would definetly recommend anyone to read this. I found reading this book really interesting to see what happened back then. It was a book that wasd hard to put down once you started. I would recommend reading this. Will be looking for more books with the same true story line as this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This story had me yelling and swearing at the atrocities that this girl was subjected to. It makes my blood boil to think that this girl's own Mother can treat her own flesh and blood that way. It makes me sick to hear what that Institution did to not only Lily, but all the children. Can anyone imagine telling a 5 year old girl that her baby brother being hit by a car was her fault?? Her own siblings treated her like absolute dirt. Those Nuns should have been held accountable and burned at the stake.
This poor girl has literally been to Hell, spent a lifetime there and when she was finally pulled out of it, she couldn't understand the amount of generosity and kindness one single person showed her.
It must have been the hardest thing in the world to write this book, bringing up all those memories. You're a true survivor, Lily!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Almost like a fisherman exaggerating his fish stories
At times the unrelenting suffering of this young girl seems to made up. Almost like a fisherman exaggerating his fish stories.
Published 4 days ago by Michele S
5.0 out of 5 stars So, So Sad
This is really a shocking book! I'm just so livid that there were so many sick adults who were in charge of this innocent child! Read more
Published 15 days ago by Diana Reynolds
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Just started reading this one it's okay so far little slow
Published 15 days ago by mar brecht
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Thank you for sharing your story. It must have been really hard for you to do. Memories like this are best forgotten but impossible to forget. Hold those kids tight and love them.
Published 17 days ago by Kathy Woodbeck
5.0 out of 5 stars A tender and touching story of a child who suffered ...
A tender and touching story of a child who suffered so much from child abuse! You so want to help her!
Published 21 days ago by DebbieT
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking
It is incredible that these kinds of people exist and are able to treat another human being like this!! It makes me sick. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Chrissy
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me.
Poorly written. Couldn't get past the first few pages, as I found myself wanting to "grade" it. Sorry; it's the English fanatic/teacher in me.
Published 1 month ago by Jennifer L. Wege
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly heart breaking
You would think that this went on during another century. To think that it was in the 1970s and 1980s is even more heart breaking. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Donna Rudock
5.0 out of 5 stars The girl nobody wants: a shocking true story of child abuse in ireland
This book should have been named the "the nuns from hell and the shocking abuse suffered at their hands" It was astonishing to me that such ugliness and unholiness could have... Read more
Published 1 month ago by This story was too short and I've read better, but someday it might encourage someonbelinda
2.0 out of 5 stars The Girl Nobody Wants
Lilly tells the tale of her life. Forced to deal with child abuse from her family, the home she was put into young and others, Lilly was never given the chance to live a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Megan
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This is a book about child abuse to the extreme
oh shut up! Nothing wrong with marketing your own book. Just like there is nothing wrong with marketing your own product, invention, or service. The internet is so full of haters for no good reason
May 20, 2013 by C.A.B |  See all 3 posts
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