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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780880332
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780880334
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (311 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I could not put down this book when I started reading it.
claire crowe
May God bless you, and even though I will probably never know you, reading your story made me feel like you were sitting next to me telling your story.
stacy
It is so difficult to read a story about child abuse and what this girl suffered throughout her childhood was the most horrific I have ever read.
kari

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57 of 66 people found the following review helpful By C.C.Cole on 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 By impossible girl on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By zahirah on July 1, 2013
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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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32 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Colin Reef on November 21, 2011
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Fran Keating on 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 By Kahra Emiy Mc Gregor on 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 By Dotty on December 2, 2013
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I'm by no means an "advanced" reader but this book was poorly written, that's why I gave it a 3 star. I feel bad for Lily and wish her the best. I do believe her story. I would have hoped for a better ending and I only say that because I she still seems very sad and troubled but who wouldn't be? If you are reading this Lily, best to you. I'm so sorry you endured what you did.
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