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How I wish I could get back the time I wasted reading this book
on August 28, 2005
After having read the reviews on Amazon, I thought this book was worth the purchase price. After all, there are people comparing the book to Catcher In The Rye. So I bought it, despite the fact that I had never even heard of Heidi Guedel (which begs the question of why an unknown person would pen an autobiography in the first place). I rarely purchase self-published books since they aren't usually up to par, but I thought based on these reviews that this book may be an exception to that rule.
It never occurred to me that these reviewers are probably just her friends and family out to pitch her book.
I should have thought about that possibility before I plunked down my hard-earned money for this self-published pablum. As an abuse survivor myself, I can tell you that her descriptions of her abuse experiences do not ring true. Of course, abuse is a hot topic now, so it served her purposes to include it in this pathetic excuse for an autobiography.
Despite having read it from cover to cover, I'm still not sure why she thought anyone would want to read about her life. I didn't find it at all interesting, and I thought the writing style not only boring, but boring to the point of tedium. I do now understand, however, why she couldn't find a real publisher.
I would not recommend this book to anyone, including to read on a library loan as another reviewer suggested. It is, quite simply stated, nothing more than a poorly written and sophomoric explanation of how to not write an autobiography.