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The Girl Nobody Wants: A Shocking True Story of Child Abuse in Ireland by [O'Brien, Lily]
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  • File Size: 615 KB
  • Print Length: 249 pages
  • Publication Date: September 27, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005Q2MWVM
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I finished this disturbing book yesterday and spent today thinking about it. Two points I'll make up front:

1) I wasn't there, so I see no reason to disbelieve the writer unless some other information comes out.
2) Whether or not the story is true or false, here's a truth: There are people in this world that consider those that cannot help themselves (children, vulnerable adults, animals) a burden and do not care for them as they would someone they love. I've seen and experienced enough in my lifetime to know bad things happen, and the lack of love brings forth such events.

The story is about Lily, who lived with a mother and stepfather in London, and after an assault by a family member, was sent with her brother and sister to live with their father in Ireland. It didn't get much better there, as the father was often away, and the kids suffered neglect. When the community found out, they were taken in by a group of nuns and endured more hardship. When Lily grew up, she finally got away and met a man that loved her and continued to attempt to put her childhood behind her by giving her own kids the love she wasn't given.

Overall this was a compelling read that may turn away the skeptics and bring believers to tears. I liked the story, but sometimes, the truth is too hard for people to bear; so I recommend this story with a warning it's not for the faint of heart. Overall, well done, four stars!
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I downloaded this book on my kindle because a friend (who usually doesn't read much) said she LOVED it and that I HAD to read it. I've read some pretty disturbing child abuse stories before, but believe me when I say that readers who couldn't put down books like "A Child Called It" and "They Cage the Animals at Night" won't be enthralled with this particular title.

I found this book hard to read (and I'm a high school teacher who reads my fair share of bad material)--this book jumped back and forth: the author was beaten and then the next paragrah will go on and on about "....why did I suffer this abuse?" Over and over again.

I assume this book was maybe done as part of the healing process and is in journal-format, which is why it jumped around (shaved head on one page and a few pages later, someone is dragging her by her hair). For a healing journal, it wouldn't have to be entirely accurate for the order in which things happened.

If the author had stuck to the storytelling of abuse and told it all as it was and then added a chapter at the end as a reflection to talk about how she felt about it then and now, I think it would have worked much better. A reader would have been horrified by the abuse, which really does sound awful (and shame on those nuns and anyone who looked the other way) but is instead sidetracked by the reflective comments. However, to go from a near-rape in one paragraph to three paragraphs about how no one ever treated her well and she doesn't know why; it just didn't work and left me frustrated as a reader.
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A perfect case of post traumatic stress disorder and the hell it keeps one in. Instead of blood in your veins you have terror. Her daily struggles can only be understood by another PTSD survivor. Please know that you are not alone. Sincerely, fran and her sister Kay.
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This story had me yelling and swearing at the atrocities that this girl was subjected to. It makes my blood boil to think that this girl's own Mother can treat her own flesh and blood that way. It makes me sick to hear what that Institution did to not only Lily, but all the children. Can anyone imagine telling a 5 year old girl that her baby brother being hit by a car was her fault?? Her own siblings treated her like absolute dirt. Those Nuns should have been held accountable and burned at the stake.
This poor girl has literally been to Hell, spent a lifetime there and when she was finally pulled out of it, she couldn't understand the amount of generosity and kindness one single person showed her.
It must have been the hardest thing in the world to write this book, bringing up all those memories. You're a true survivor, Lily!!!
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This is not an easy read, I didn't find it fabulously written, nor did it keep my interest in first chapters, and I set it down with thoughts that details were depressing and transitions a bit abrupt. However, after a week of thinking of victim's viewpoint, her enduring what she did, and her choosing to write about it, I decided to start reading it again pondering if she eventually got counseling. Unfortunately for her, what I read as horrific in beginning chapters, was just the beginning of the misery she endured growing up with multiple households, the system, only to return to dysfunctional family for more saddening consequences. The review stars are for her sharing her story with hopes others like her find her, comfort each other, and do something about helping children now, and in the future. I do think the story could be rearranged and reworded for it to have a better ending, as she is a fighter, and a survivor who attributed to change in the system, stopped the cycle of abuse by making better decisions during motherhood, and despite no role model to learn from, adjusted from dysfunctional to normal relationship, and remains devoted to her family.
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