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Broken Places by [Rachel Thompson]

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Editorial Reviews


While the incidence* of childhood sexual abuse continues to grow, thankfully there are survivors like Rachel Thompson who have conquered the horror.
In Broken Places: A Memoir of Abuse, Thompson conveys the facts and feelings of being an 11-year-old at the hands of a trusted neighbor who turns out to be a pedophile. The book dutifully begins with a "Trigger Warning," notifying abuse survivors that the subject matter could be painfully harsh.
Through poems, prose, and reflective pieces written with candor and literary charm, she shares how she coped: retreating to her room surrounding herself with books and music, and feeding her already introverted personality. She rarely went out except to earn good grades or do chores. "Because if I did, I faced the glaring, accusatory stares of his wife and children--as if I were the one who committed such ghastly crimes." Later, she drank, got high, and considered suicide.
Not until her thirties, depressed, anxious, and following the birth of a daughter, Thompson sought therapy for the first time after a doctor's visit left her with a PTSD diagnosis and a prescription for an anti-depressant. Therapy was "life-changing," leading her to the realization that she, not her abuser, was in the driver's seat of her recovery. "I love, I breathe, I work, I write, I live. What happened does not stop me."
Today, in her fifties, she is an advocate for sexual abuse survivors and runs the Twitter chat #SexAbuseChat. She owns a social media and book marketing company and previously wrote the essay collection Broken Pieces, A Walk In The Snark and the more humorous The Mancode: Exposed.
A talented writer with a journalism degree, Thompson adeptly plays with point of view employing both first-person singular ("I") to convey her experiences, and first person plural ("We"), perhaps to denote a kinship among survivors: "We are no longer whole--we are bits of cells made up of dread, and fear, and shame. We speak in terms that separate us from ourselves because even now, all these many years later, we don't want to own what happened."
Also, she sneaks in literary gems, like alliteration: "The bad thing takes your brain hostage, fills it with the detritus of denial, becomes dead leaves waiting for the deep scratch of the rake."
The only weakness of Broken Places is its arrangement, as it seems like a random assortment rather than an intentioned story. Perhaps this organization, or lack thereof, speaks to the uncertainty Thompson faced during a time in her life that was more about second-guessing and doubting rather than chasing butterflies and riding bikes like little girls that age should be doing.
Most importantly, the book is recommended reading for adults, college students, and youngsters alike as it serves as impetus for a much-needed culture shift--telling children that it's okay to report abuse and for grown-ups to hear them.
*1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys is a victim of child sexual abuse, according to the National Center for Victims of Crime.
~ 5-stars, Chanticleer Book Reviews

About the Author

Twitter: @RachelintheOC 
Rachel Thompson is the author of Broken Places (one of IndieReader's "Best of 2015" top books and 2015 Honorable Mention Winner in the San Francisco Book Festival and Los Angeles Book Festival and 5/5 Readers Favorite), and the multi award-winning and best-selling Broken Pieces, as well as two additional humor books, A Walk In The Snark and Mancode: Exposed. Her final Broken book, Broken People, will be released 2018. She released the BadRedhead Media 30-Day Book Marketing Challenge in 2017 to rave reviews, with an updated version available now in both eBook and print! She's also currently finishing up the next BadRedhead Media book, the 30-Day Twitter Challenge. Look for both very soon!Rachel recently released a quick SEO guide just for writers and bloggers, BadRedhead Media's How to Best Optimize Your Blog Posts: 25 Tested Tips Writers Need to Know Now -- an understandable, practical guide to optimizing blog posts you can begin using right away -- which quickly hit #1 bestseller status in THREE DAYS! Rachel founded BadRedhead Media in 2011, creating effective social media and book marketing campaigns for authors. Her articles appear regularly in The Huffington Post, IndieReader, FeminineCollective, BookMachine, BlueInk Review, and TransformationIsReal. Not just an advocate for sexual abuse survivors, Rachel is the creator and founder of the blog-sharing hashtag phenomenon #MondayBlogs, the weekly live Twitter chat #SexAbuseChat, (Tuesdays, 6pm pst), and #BookMarketingChat (Wednesdays 6pm pst) to help writers learn how to market their work. She hates walks in the rain, running out of coffee, and coconut. A single mom, Rachel lives in California (with her two kids and two cats) where she daydreams about Thor. And sleep.

Product details

  • ASIN : B077DRY5WM
  • Publisher : Rachel Thompson (November 12, 2017)
  • Publication date : November 12, 2017
  • Language: : English
  • File size : 1170 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 166 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN : 0999282239
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 90 ratings

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for anyone who knows or works with survivors of sexual abuse.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 14, 2017
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moving and intelligent.
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