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Painful. Moving. Inspiring.,
This review is from: Damaged: The Heartbreaking True Story of a Forgotten Child (Hardcover)
This book sat on my Mom's shelf for over a year...it was given to her by her friend from England and she never really intended to read it.
I picked it up and read it in one sitting...beginning at 9 PM and finishing somewhere around 3 AM. I kept saying, "Just one more chapter...just one more page...then I MUST go to bed" but I could not put down the story of Jodie and Cathy.
This story evokes a gamut of emotions...from harrowing sorrow to fierce anger. But, ultimately, it left me feeling hopeful...and grateful. Grateful that there are people in this world who stand up for the Jodies of the world.
Jodie is a little girl who spent her first eight years in an abusive nightmare with her biological parents and their revolting circle of "friends". Once freed from that prison, she went through four foster carers in five months. You see, Jodie *is* damaged...damaged by her parents and damaged by the social system that failed her. Her violent personality reflects that. How can anyone come out of the other side of what she has been through and not be damaged/fragmented/lost. But her one, small, stroke of luck was ending up in Cathy's home. She and her amazing children provided Jodie with a safety net that she would never have been granted with from, most likely, any other family.
This book will make you very, very angry. It may possibly make you weep. But you will also rejoice...and, like me, be thankful for the amazing Cathy...and the love she provided that saved a little, lost girl.
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Initial post: Jul 24, 2011 12:40:42 PM PDT
Donna Ballenger says:
EXCATLY, I WAS ANGRY AFTER READING THIS STORY! Very detailed book, and I totaly agree thanks God for the Cathy
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