Paperback: 426 pages
Publisher: Createspace (22 Jun 2011)
Alessa is just seven years old when her uncle rapes her for the first time. As the years pass, his sexual appetite becomes more voracious and his perversion more twisted, until the abuse has become almost a daily ritual, with the unspoken involvement of the girl’s mother.
At the age of sixteen, after the death of her only friend, Alessa finds herself at the mercy of her real-life monster, with no relief in sight. She flees her home to escape this hell, only to find herself descending into a more dangerous one. Alone and helpless in the streets of North Philadelphia, she encounters more human predators who want to take over her life and devour her. About to hit rock bottom, Alessa manages to break away from her new tormentors and finds refuge in a shelter for homeless and abused women.
Wherever she goes, however, trouble keeps seeking her out, until she meets three people who change the course of her life forever. Though Alessa’s bittersweet journey is perpetually fraught with challenges, she does, nevertheless, manage to find fleeting moments of joy along the way. But as she begins to settle down, a ghost from the past comes to haunt her again, threatening to destroy the very foundation of her small world and plunging her back into an abyss of despair, until she makes her final bid for escape.
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This is one book I know I won't forget. If that sounds like a negative premise, then let me just tell you this - this is the kind of story that'll stick with you and change how you might look at things from then on.
Paige got in touch with me, and offered me to review her book and after her touching e-mail, there was no way I could say no to a story that needed to be told. Some people write for fun, for money, for joy; and then there's books like Paige's which are written to inspire and are stories that need to be told. I'm glad I read her book and I write this review in the hopes that more people will be encouraged to take this roller coaster of a book and feel inspired after reading it.
The book is Page's real life story, and she paints a picture for us of the trouble, turmoil, abuse and neglect that she went through. She faced hurdle after hurdle in her life, only to overcome them and now stand at the brink of life where she can look back and be proud of the journey she has come on.
The opening page alone is one that captures your attention and from there on, despite the experiences that you see Paige suffer, you know you can't put the book down, simply 'cause if it's hard to read, how much harder is it for the person that went through it all?
This is a in-you-face kind of book, with nothing held back - which makes me admire Paige even more, for she wasn't afraid of telling her story, with the knowledge that the worst was behind her. With poised and fluid writing, and descriptions that allow you to stand in her shoes, her writing was one that allowed you to take everything in all at once and feel the overwhelming emotions of fear, anger, love, hate, everything that Paige's character inspires in you.
For her courage, for the unbelievable story of bravery and inspiration, and for the bold truth that this book is, I highly rate and admire Paige and her story and thank her for sending me her book, and hope that she will take this review as a statement and testament that her dreams have already come true :)