Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Review : Abandoned by Anya Peters

Title : Abandoned

Author: Anya Peters

Rating: 4.75 out of 5 stars

About the book:

‘I was used to Daddy screaming “Whore’s child” at me, over and over again. But I couldn’t get used to the shame I felt afterwards.  ’

Little Anya grew up in terror of the man she knew as ‘daddy’ – her drunken, bullying uncle who sexually abused her from the age of six. The only person she could trust was he woman she called ‘Mummy’.

When Anya’s uncle got careless and he began abusing her in front of the other children, Anya cracked. All her terrible secrets came pouring out. Then one day the only woman who loved her- her ‘Mummy’ – Left. After years of trying to overcome her childhood pain, Anya ended up homeless and living in her car on the streets of London.

‘Abandoned’ is Anya’s harrowing account of her ruined childhood and the inspirational story of how she painfully began to piece her life back together.

My Review:

I usually don’t prefer reading any non-fictions. But, the synopsis of this book just got me into reading this one!
I admit..! I almost skipped the first half of the book..!! ‘Anya peters’ was sexually abused by her uncle when she was only a child. The abuse scenes are so descriptive in this book that I just couldn’t get into reading them!  Reading about what happened to her just made me cringe many a times! The second half of the book talks about her homelessness as an adult and how she tries to piece her life back together.Apart from this, the book is also about survival and courage! Its truly a wonder that a child survived through all this!
Its such a heartbreaking book, that I just don't know what more I should write about it.

‘Anya Peters‘ is an amazing writer and I truly hope she writes a fiction book in future!


Blogger Shy said...

Hi there!
Thank you so much for stopping by my humble blog :) This book certainly sounds a lot like books by Dave Pelzer that I'm going to start reading very soon.

January 20, 2010 at 6:27 AM  
Blogger Book Junkie said...

Wow, this sounds amazing and sad at the same time. ! I would love to read this one. I am adding it now to my TBR!!!


January 20, 2010 at 8:18 AM  
Blogger IceJewel said...

@Shy: Hey :) I have read Dave Pelzer's book - 'A child called it' .
That one too is very very disturbing with lots of abuse done to the kid ,but I read the entire book without skipping !
'Abandoned' had a lot of sexual abuse which I just couldn't manage to read !

@Brande: oh yes.It is an amazing book.Glad to add one more book in your TBR :)

January 21, 2010 at 11:41 PM  
Blogger Lea said...

Oh, wow. That's heartbreaking...I don't usually read nonfiction, but I might have to make an exception if it's as good as you say. Thank you for the review,

January 22, 2010 at 8:47 PM  
Blogger christa @ mental foodie said...

This sounds disturbing! I love reading memoir though so thanks for the review.

If you like reading this type of memoir (growing up in dysfunctional family) you may want to try The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls and Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs.

Another one that I recommend is Three Little Words by Ashley Rhodes-Courter. She grew up in foster care and it's heartbreaking and inspirational at the same time.

February 3, 2010 at 5:28 PM  
Blogger IceJewel said...

@Christa : Thanks a lot :) I will definitely look into these books.I have The glass castle, but its still lying in my TBR. I like reading such books but it definitely needs some courage on my part !
I was cleaning my shelf and thats when I found this book and started reading after which I couldn't put it down even though it was disturbing !

February 4, 2010 at 12:41 AM  
Blogger christa @ mental foodie said...

The Glass Castle is definitely a worthwhile read! I'd give it a 4 star out of 5. I avoided it for a long time too (the cover didn't didn't grab me lol, I thought the book would be boring). But the author happened to give a talk in town (which I wish I'd gone now!) so I ended up reading a bit more about her to see why she'd come here since it's not a big city. I wish I'd read it sooner! It's disturbing in a different way... I like her writing style.

February 4, 2010 at 7:26 AM  
Blogger IceJewel said...

haha..yeah, I understand the cover thing.I somehow tend to judge books on their covers If I haven't heard about them before !

February 4, 2010 at 9:27 AM  

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