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- Publication Date: February 16, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B06WLNXGPJ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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This is written in Adult English. The writer is relating her life story as accurately as she can. The are some F-bombs, but, they are not gratuitous.
If this were a film it would likely be rated PG 13.
I read this a couple of days ago. Posting a review, though, is not a pleasant task, because this lady’s life story reads much as did my first wife’s. Let me explain just a bit. The scars and wounds my first life carried with her so affected her that it is a wonder how she was able to subside it from public view. Still, one casualty was our marriage, which ended after 26 years. Two other casualties were our sons. But, the worst effect was on her. My sons and I were merely collateral damage from an abuse meted upon her and her siblings be a stepfather and their mother.
Without too much personal detail, I wish to point out that, just as the school colleagues and coach were oblivious to this girl’s traumatic circumstances, apparently, that I can attest to how difficult it must still be for this woman to get through each day. I hope that, unlike my first wife, Jena Parks is able to get the help she needs when she needs it and that she is able to break the cycle that so permeates many within our society.
Insofar as the writing is concerned, Parks does an incredible job relating her experiences and her moments of hope. Sometimes, at least with her earliest memories, her recollection is so precise it boggles my imagination. Yet, had I gone through such events, I might stun even myself.
Length: Print, 240 pages. Although this is not available in Audible format, I hope it will be and I would love to hear the author narrate it, if she is up to the task.
Q - Target Audience/Genre and is it marketed as Nonfiction or Fiction:
Q - How was this book obtained?
A – Bought on Amazon.
Q - Are there a lot of typos/misspellings, grammatical errors or other editing failures?
A – No, but there are occasions in which the author writes more as a layman than as a professional writer. That may well be why I respect this writer so much. I trust her words as truth, warts and all.
Q - Is this a fast, easy read or is it more of a leisure read?
A – Fast, yes. Easy to read, probably not, simply because the material is so unsettling.
Q - My biggest pleasure or disappointment?
A – My disappointment in not with the book. It is in realizing that so many of our youth still are living such lives.
To give a feel for the editing, and the style and flow of this work, I am posting a brief excerpt below.
‘…You won’t have the energy to run eating like a bird!”
“Okay,” I complied as I tried to force a smile. I put another small helping of spaghetti on my plate. I guess that wasn’t enough for my dad because he started loading my plate with garlic bread and salad too.
“There you go! Now eat up!”
“All right then, let’s eat!” he said as he started to dig in.
We all knew to wait for my dad to say we could start eating before taking the first bite or there were consequences, none of them good. We also had to wait for my dad to address us in conversation before we could start talking at the dinner table. The penalty for speaking without first being spoken to was pretty steep as well.
That night I was good with that program as there was nothing I wanted to say and nothing I wanted to be asked.
“So, Jena, what team are you up against tomorrow?” my dad inquired between bites of spaghetti. I kept staring down at my plate, but I knew my face was turning every possible shade of red. I could feel it. My mind was going to explode and my face was on fire. I had to say something. I had to give an answer…and I didn’t dare look left or right. I didn’t want to see the fear on my mom’s face right then. Was I really going to have to do this at the dinner table with everyone present? “
Jena! Pay attention when I’m talking to you! Who do you race tomorrow?” he repeated in an agitated tone.
“Ummm, I’m not sure. I think it’s…I think. Umm, I…I’m not really sure…I think…Dad…I quit today.”
It was as if lightening had struck. It happened so fast I didn’t even realize I’d been hit until my plate landed on my head as I hit the floor. My dad had backhanded me so hard that I’d fallen back over my chair, landing with a huge crash as my head bounced off the floor. Before I could assess if I was okay, my dad jerked me up off the floor by my hair and dragged me down the hallway. He didn’t say anything, but the force with which he dragged me down the hall said it all.
When we got to the doorway of my bedroom, he kicked the half-open door so hard that…’
Parks, Jena. The Fear of the Blow: A young woman's gut wrenching story of child abuse, domestic violence, alcoholism and redemption (Kindle Locations 650-669). Kindle Edition.
This is not a fun read, despite some hopeful notes. It is, however, a must-read. If society is to improve, if humanity is to improve, we must be willing to expose ourselves to stories such as this writer’s. I marvel that she still has hope…
By the way, she has a bonus chapter link at the end of the book. She states that she felt it too personal to include in the book itself.
Also note that in an afterword the author hints at more to come as she matures into adulthood, traveling to South America, Europe, and beyond. I cannot wait for the next installment.
Five enthusiastic stars out of five. Please, let’s persuade her to narrate this as an Audible book.
Comments regarding your opinion of this book or of my review, whether favorable or unfavorable, are always welcome. If you buy the book based on my review and become disappointed, especially, I do want to know that and I want to understand how I can improve as a book reviewer. Just please be polite.