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Losing the Hate by [Palmer, Simon]
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"Hard hitting, jaw-dropping, and honest" - BBC Radio
 
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I want to say right off the bat that I'm a survivor of sex abuse myself.

So when I saw this book I was immediately interested, but hesitant. I thought about buying it for several months before I took the plunge.
As difficult as it can be for non-survivors to read these kinds of stories, it's worse for those with a similar history.

But I'm SO glad I read it. Simon Palmer's voice and engaging writing style makes it easier to accompany him on his journey back into the most painful moments of his life. And by broaching this oft-ignored subject, he does all of us a service.

Bravo, Mr. Palmer.

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In his book, Losing the Hate, Simon Palmer has combined his mastery of storytelling with a raw hard look at the issues one faces as a result of child sexual abuse. It is an honest attempt to shed light on the darkest of subject matters. 
Simon has offered up his experiences in bone chilling detail, giving the reader a first hand account of his journey from innocence to depravity. His downward spiral is both shocking and heart wrenching, but most of all it is honest. 
Losing the Hate has been rightfully described as "jaw-dropping." It is brutally raw, and yet, despite the atrocious circumstances, the author manages to mesmerize his readers with a delicate hand and a bountifully open heart. 

In Simon's own words, "I have lived within this dark cloud for most of my life, with many complex issues still unresolved. There is a feeling of complete and utter loneliness within me, and, in desperation to rid my world of darkness, I have chosen to put my story into words . . . telling the world of my nightmare."

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  • File Size: 360 KB
  • Print Length: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Youwriteon.com; Revised edition (November 13, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 13, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004BDOV0M
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #791,682 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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In Losing The Hate, Simon Palmer has done something remarkable. He's taken a harrowing, disturbing subject (the story of his abuse as a young child) and made it compulsively readable. He does this with a clear, engaging writing style that takes you back in time, sticks you straight in the middle of the story and allows you a glimpse of what was going on inside his head.

By presenting the material in a straight-forward, lucid manner, he maximizes the impact without getting too graphic. The personal insights scattered throughout the book are of particular notice; by helping explain what he was thinking when these atrocities were occurring, it allows you to see things from his point of view, helping you understand what allowed this terrible situation to proceed in the manner in which it did and garnering quite a bit of empathy for others who may find themselves in the same situation. Hopefully, after reading this book, you will have a clear understanding of how these terrible things can happen, and more importantly, a clear understanding of how to keep them from happening in the future.

The bottom line: Simon Palmer has written an important, meaningful book. He is clearly writing directly from the heart and what he has to say will break yours. The guts it took to put this all down on paper is remarkable and his self-analysis pulls no punches. Throughout the course of the book, he shows a clear awareness of his issues and what needs to be done to counteract them; here's hoping that telling his story to the world will help him sort through them.
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Losing the Hate by Simon Palmer is a devastatingly painful account of sexual abuse, told in memoir fashion by one who experienced it. Simon Palmer does a superb job of putting the reader into the mind of his child self as he is inextricably sucked into the worlds of child pornography and sexual abuse by a combination of a teacher and a perverted couple. What is most horrific to read is not, however, the graphic description of the abuse, but rather the child Simon's keen knowledge of what is coming, how repellent it is to him, and how he is unable to extricate himself from the events. Children sometimes do not understand what is normal and abnormal in the adult world, and taking advantage of that vulnerability, the first of a series of sexual predators lures in young Simon using calculating lures, and then makes the child feel ashamed and guilty so that he cannot report it nor can he avoid being irrationally drawn further into more of the same. The psychological turmoil that results from this initial abuse causes Simon to destroy his relationships and find more and more ways to act out in society. As a teacher who has worked with emotionally disturbed children in the past, I can easily contemplate and relate to the antisocial, vulgar, and violent person the author describes when reflecting upon himself, and I can feel compassion for the young man's plight. A young person who reads Losing the Hate may find in it the strength to fight back against sexual abuse, may realize that "if he had said something, it might have ended, and maybe if I say something, I can make it stop." This is Palmer's avowed reason for writing this book, and I think he has been both brave and noble. His writing should find an audience; it deserves a chance to help others.Read more ›
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I want to say right off the bat that I'm a survivor of sex abuse myself.

So when I saw this book I was immediately interested, but hesitant. I thought about buying it for several months before I took the plunge.
As difficult as it can be for non-survivors to read these kinds of stories, it's worse for those with a similar history.

But I'm SO glad I read it. Simon Palmer's voice and engaging writing style makes it easier to accompany him on his journey back into the most painful moments of his life. And by broaching this oft-ignored subject, he does all of us a service.

Bravo, Mr. Palmer.
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Summary: Not until Simon Palmer is 41 years old does he decide to tell the world of the dark secrets that molded his life. When he was 10, a trusted and respected teacher asked Simon's parents if he could photograph their son for pictures that would be displayed at a upcoming parent-teacher's night. The private photo shoot, however, turns dark when Simon obeys the male teacher and removes his clothing. Simon tells no one of his shameful secret that continues not only with the teacher, but leads to other inappropriate sexual encounters. The abuse is carried forward when Mr. Palmer physically and mentally abuses his wife and anyone else who tries to care about him. A life of self-loathing, fear to trust anyone, hatred for those who abused him, Simon Palmer's life continues to catapult until he finds himself inside the dark isolated world of hardcore drugs and alcohol.

Reaction: A small book written with a heavy heart, Losing the Hate suffers from the same grammatical pitfalls of many e-published books. I chose, however, to review the gut-level, emotional trauma that made Simon Palmer's book haunt me. If only to read the poignant meaningful poetry that weaves in and out of Losing the Hate, the book is well worth the experience. Simon Palmer's words will `rock' every parent's world as they begin to question if their own children have secrets too dark, too shameful to share. There were times I questioned why Mr. Palmer's parents didn't realize something evil was happening to their son as they watched Simon's personality quickly change from compliant to hateful; content to angry. In all fairness, however, as parents we are told that our children will go through stages and they will eventually grow out of it. For Simon Palmer, however, it took 30 years to confront his demons.
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