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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Believe Like A Child by Paige Dearth


  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace (June 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
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.

I haven't reviewed any book in a while. I was beginning to think that no book will ever give me the excitement anymore, the book world got saturated with genres that has become trends with clique themes. I got tired of it, as much as I would love to review the books sent to me, I couldn't lie to myself and to my readers. I do not want to give a negative review and say that the most talked about upcoming books are either a copycat of some best selling book or the themes are just repeats with mediocre modification, these might be new to other but not to me.
Then one afternoon I receive a very intriguing e-mail, a summary of the book and an 11 page sample. The author have a very impressive resume. Her horrifying childhood and her survivor story. I was both scared and excited to read it. She promised a no holds bar account on what/how it was to be raped, the gory details, the humiliation she felt and a could have been story of her life is she did not meet the people she met that lead her to her life today. 

Some scenes are graphic yet it has that reality feel that somewhere out there, this same scenario probably happened to other women, we see it on the news, read it in the papers. Bad things happen to good people, and good people make bad decisions to be able to survive. I could have finished this book faster if I didn't gave birth the next day I receive this book. It was so intense, and Alessa and her survival mode and that spark of hope that someday her life would be better draws me into her story. Definitely the best book I've read this year.

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