the Journey of a Damaged Woman to Someplace Normal
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
When I went to Taylor about reviewing her book, she warned me about it first. Giving me an escape: should I want or need one. I assured her I didn't, and decided to read it, and also found a real soul Sister along the way as well.
Through out Twitter, as well as email, Taylor and I chatted as I read. We opened up to one another and found a lot of similarities. But, that's not what you're here for is it?
This book is eye opening. I have underwent so many emotions as I read, I couldn't keep up with myself. If anyone had been watching me read, they would've thought I was insane. Not only do I read abundantly faster then most, I talk to myself out loud. Especially when characters um.... (How to word this professionally) irritate me. I was laughing at her word choices: "ass crack of dawn" and the fact that Taylor speaks just how she would in person as she does in this book. She holds back nothing. You can tell, your opinion, my opinion? It doesn't matter. She just wants to teach others not to suffer as she has, to learn from her mistakes; (not that the mistakes were hers in the first place!) I also feel, that as Taylor wrote this, somehow she was hoping; like a journal "God willing" maybe it would or could help her to move on. Whether it has or not, only Taylor knows.
Taylor is a survivor. Whether or not her Mother truly even "wanted" her as a Child, only God and her Mother know, but with these words and life lessons that Taylor has and had endured, it shows us: she survived and so can we! She went through terrible things, many of them. Always surviving and striving to succeed.
In the end, at the very last chapter and the Epilogue I was crying profusely. Before that, I was dumbfounded to learn that all along, her Mother knew she was being raped and molested. In so many ways, I found it hard to contain my anger and upset with the "people" who had been in Taylor's life.
I will tell you this: I do give the book five stars. I wish I could give it more. It was a deep and painful read. But very close to my heart. And I am truly grateful that Taylor Fulks was born and is alive today to educate us and share with us, so that others will stand up and speak out against their attackers, even if they are: "family!" Family or not, that is not love!
To Taylor: You have survived for reasons and sharing your story was and is one of them, to teach others that where there is a will~there is a way.
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