When reading a memoir about emotional abuse, it is difficult to truly say you enjoy the book. I mean, how can anyone enjoy reading about a child being manipulated, deceived, and abused? That being said, I will say that I found this book to be an amazing and honest example of how some children survive abuse that does not leave a visible scar, but they are abused nonetheless.
I found Wendy's narrative easy to connect to, and found myself empathizing with her a lot as I read. I really rooted for Wendy to be happy and successful, and breathed a sigh of relief each time Wendy found a new source of emotional support. I cannot imagine what it was like to grow up in her reality, but Wendy paints a raw and honest picture of that reality. While it is difficult to see Wendy's mother as anything short of a monster, the book also does a fair job pointing out that her behavior is a result of mental illness.
Parts of the book are funny, but mostly I found it heartbreaking. Even while the girls were living a life of luxury, there was nothing about their lives that I envied. I think this book is a powerful example of what can happen when you break free of abuse. The book will definitely resonate with adult survivors of abuse, as well as fans of memoirs in general.
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