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I Will Not Be Silent Paperback – March 31, 2010
Top Customer Reviews
As you stated, your father was a sick, sick man. Because of this, he created a sick environment. Nobody is capable of living in such an environment for very long without becoming sick themselves. You frequently ask if your mother loved you. You also speak of your grandmother, a kind and loving woman, who became harsh and less nurturing. You also mentioned the personality changes of your grandfather, siblings, and uncle. Although there is no question that your own life was impacted more than anyone else, all of these other people were also victims of your fathers issues. History does repeat itself and I commend you for trying to break the cycle.
I am not trying to take the guilt off of your family members because ultimately each of us choose who we are and how we react to things. I do however want to point out that each of these people were damaged greatly by what happened. Even your younger siblings, who do not remember much personally, have grown up with the hostility, bitterness, and stories because of what had happened all those years ago. Such events would impact anyone.
I am sorry you had such a horrific childhood. I am sorry that Children's Services was not as available as it is today. I am sorry that nobody stepped up and did anything to protect you. I am sorry you lost your parents at such a young age. I am so sorry!Read more ›
Throughout time, she saw things that ingrained themselves in her head. Like the time she walked in on her mother holding the gun to her head. Or the time when her parents got in a fight and her father hog tied her mother with and electric heating pad cord. More importantly, she would witness her father threatening to kill her mother over and over again.
One couldn't imagine how things could possibly get worse, but they did. She and her younger siblings were in the car waiting for her mother to return, when she saw the blood coming from her uncle's chest, her mother slumped over in the corner of the bedroom, and her father shouting back and forth at the cops with a gun in his hand. That was the day that changed her life forever.
Throughout all of this, April has been able to get her life back on track. She has experienced major ups and downs and had to go through a lot to get where she is now.
I had a hard time writing a review for this book. Even though I recommend everyone to read it, it was a hard one to write about. The author wrote this book so well that I could actually picture everything that was going on. I really felt for the character in this book. But putting all that aside, it was a good book to read and should be read by many others.
I was given this book for an honest review.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a story that must be told...over and over until the whole world stops and listens and DOES SOMETHING ABOUT THE VIOLENCE IN OUR WORLD!!! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Tammy Hornbeck
I love this book! Very well written and easy reading. I actually read it in a day as I could not put it down. Read morePublished on June 5, 2013 by AMY SINK
The vicious cycle is something heard of all too often. "I Will Not Be Silent" is the memoir of April Maley as she copes with her own horrible childhood in retrospect, a childhood... Read morePublished on September 12, 2010 by Midwest Book Review
This is the true story of a nine year old girl who grows up in an abusive family. By the age of nine she was practically raising her siblings. Read morePublished on August 9, 2010 by Sandra K. Stiles
This book is the true story of a girl who was raised in a not so happy household. Her father was abusive to her and her mother. Read morePublished on July 31, 2010 by Trisha Wilson
This gripping drama is April's first account telling of her childhood. Well, more specifically, the incident that happened when she was nine, the history leading up to that, and... Read morePublished on July 5, 2010 by Literary Litter
Things are hardly ever what it seems. April knows that firsthand. She endured all types of abuse and witnessed things that no adult, let alone a child, should see. Read morePublished on July 4, 2010 by bridget3420
This is a poignant tale of a young girl's struggles with emotional and physical abuse. It is heartbreaking, real, genuine, fresh, crisp, raw, and everything else good about story... Read morePublished on June 8, 2010 by Ami Blackwelder