- File Size: 164 KB
- Print Length: 72 pages
- Publisher: Publications by Paula's Pontifications; 2nd edition (May 8, 2012)
- Publication Date: May 8, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0081UABM8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #416,859 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Escaping the Boy: My Life With a Sociopath Kindle Edition
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I purchased this book thinking it might be different. It was advertised as a first-hand account of a survivor who dated a very abusive man. While I sympathize with the author's experiences, the writing style really put me off. The protagonist made no real effort during the book to figure out why "the Boy" behaved the way he did or to find answers to her troubles. She does not really analyze why she was with this man or what compelled her to stay beyond "he gave me the honeymoon period and then things went bad" ie: the generic party line of "why co-dependents stay." There was no indication that the woman in the story had previously exhibited characteristics of a co-dependent. Her ex-husband was described as a fairly healthy, stable man, and she seemed to be on good terms with her family. It was only this one man, the Boy, who had ever manipulated her in the way that a narcissist or a sociopath would. From there, it's hard for me to conclude that co-dependence or learned helplessness kept her in that relationship. I would be fine with that if another reason were provided.Read more ›
Her writing style is easy to follow (as is her fondness for parenthetical comments). The layout of the story is fun (if such a word can be used for the subject matter at hand). And, Paula engages the reader well with her style. As I read some of the material regarding the Boy's behaviors toward the Woman's Child, I felt myself getting angry with the Boy (which is a sure sign I'd be sucked into the story, which makes me think it's written pretty well).
In short, Escaping the Boy is a thought-provoking journey into the mind and world of the narcissistic sociopath. Well worth the read.
A nice short novella to remind us these people exist and there are many of them. Now that I recognise them, I sometimes see them in the partners of my clients. They don't come to see me themselves as they don't think they have anything wrong with them - they send their partner to be "fixed". I treat their demoralised partners who I help rebuild.
Paula brings the abuse to light without dredging through all of the details of the abuse suffered by her and her child at the hands of the "boy".
Anyone who has been, is in, or knows someone close who is in a mentally abusive relationship can read between the lines and see this abuse and this situation was far worse than Paula shares.
It is not about bashing the "boy". It is about helping people realize you do not deserve this type of treatment. It is about realizing it is OK to leave. It is also about the emotional freedom you gain after you leave.
Paula took great steps to put this in the most basic prose. She details telling signs.... Things most of us would see and write it off as "Dysfunction". After all, aren't most families a little dysfunctional these days?
This is about one previously abused soul reaching out to other abused souls, to create an awareness and a hope.
The story is easy to read and straight to the point.
The most amazing thing is the story was true, lived out by Paula and her young son.
If by writing this Paula can help one person escape the nightmare she lived, then her job is done.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
While I value the experience of the author, the writing itself was not the best. It was likely written on the crest of a wave of embittered emotion, and I was not fond of the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by StartsWithD
Recomend for anyone who has been through this, or anyone that going through this.Published 10 months ago by smiley
I am so disappointed that I paid for this. I thought it would be a first hand account about hard lessons and healing, instead I found it to be bitter, vicious, clearly a "payback"... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Christine
I was attracted to this book because I grew up with a sociopath, who happened to be my father. Many of the same behaviors and actions the author experienced were experienced in my... Read morePublished on May 31, 2014 by Somebody's Nurse
I purchased Escaping the Boy: My Life With a Sociopath while doing research for my book, THE SECRET LIFE OF CAPTAIN X: MY LIFE WITH A PSYCHOPATH PILOT. Read morePublished on May 19, 2014 by Memoirlover
Over the course of several weeks, I followed Paula's Facebook page daily. There was some helpful information, but nothing I hadn't read elsewhere. Read morePublished on May 16, 2014 by Marilyn Scuto
This is a very short book; I read it in less than an hour. It's got a lot of profanity, so if you're easily offended, don't read it. Read morePublished on April 22, 2014 by Amber Baker
i really liked the first part of the book, where she seriously addresses how to spot narcissism and a sociopath. it's got helpful information, good detail, etc. Read morePublished on April 10, 2014 by Anonymous
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