- File Size: 775 KB
- Print Length: 364 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1848978952
- Publisher: Olympia Publishers (November 1, 2017)
- Publication Date: November 1, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0773SSR75
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,361,073 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Realistic and heartbreaking, it tells of what can happen to any of us: sisters, our daughters, or friends if we find ourselves in the wrong social situation with the wrong people.
Life portrayed initially in Vancouver was like any young woman might share, friendships, school, weekends away at the beach, fashion and a love for music. Loss of her sister in a tragic accident, then the unraveling of her parent’s marriage becomes part of Kellcey’s fast-forward into adulthood.
First love is shown in such a way that brought back sweet memories of my own, but after that point in this memoir…the comparison to my experience stops.
What struck home for me was how close to a normal teen’s life this was, until one night Kellcey made a grave mistake and her life downshifted into sexual assault, torment, shame and terror. The instinctual warning she felt for John many times before came to fruition and her true-love (or so she thought) didn’t stand up for her when she needed him the most.
Was Ben’s complacency because of the effects of alcohol or was it something else entirely? It’s tough to say. There are so many important messages to hear and listen to in this brave memoir. Rather than dwell on the atrocity of what happened, I would like to say this.
Listen to your gut instinct. Please read this true story and talk about it, learn to trust yourself if something feels off. Support people who come forward to talk about it. When or if something happens like this to you or someone you know, find your community as Kellcey did to heal and try to pick up the pieces.
Educate yourself about this enormous issue and make it known that predators like the one’s portrayed in this story have no place in this world. The saddest part is the person who was the most aggressive in this retelling, and who is totally evil hails from a “Good Family.” It’s always difficult to imagine that the handsome, intelligent kid from around the block could do something so heinous.
But it happened in this case and happens more often than we know, because very few of the victims feel as if they can safely report it without being ostracized by society for assuming that the victim somehow instigated this.
To be perfectly clear, rape is not about sex at all; it’s about control and destruction.
Rape needs to end and the shaming of people who talk about surviving it is only the beginning. Parents need to speak to all of their children and talk about this when they are discussing life and important topics.
I have had countless girlfriends approach me to share similar stories, and I cannot say enough how important it is to speak out, and find a way for modern society to put an end to this horrible, toxic crime.
Thank you so much for sharing your story. I admire the author for her bravery, honesty, and ability to find hope and live in the light again. You are amazing!
With this story we get an interesting, if not overcompensated tale of a millennial woman raised in the privileged digs of middle class Vancouver. This is a happy home until tragedy strikes, and the parents begin to blame one another. This book is well written with an obvious opinionated youthful exuberance of obvious need for this to be told. There is a deep examination of psychology around loss, family life in trauma, and splitting identities for personal survival. It is an in-depth look into young love and the roles of men and women, dating, and the achievable fantasies for a peaceful loving future. Early on we get an almost “travel and tourism/marketing copy” look at way too many places in that fair Canadian city, which detracts from the power and focus of the story. There is a spooky and remarkably terrifying buildup for a heinous personal attack in the progressive thread of the tale. It turns to obsessions and misguided intentions of the criminal aspect. Once again the story gets interrupted with long name dropping forays into designer products related to fashion and commerce, also detracting from the narrative. There is a constant opinionated exposition of gender issues and equality. At midpoint a horrible crime is perpetrated upon a young woman and the terror and path to healing is chronicled in unflinching and important detail. This is the core story. There is an excellent look at PTSD, fragmentation of identity, and the rebuilding of one’s life post such trauma. This is an adult only read. This author shows great promise for the future.