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Empty Chairs: Much more than a story about child Abuse

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8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

This will open your heart - and your eyes - to the truth of child abuse

I have wanted to review this book for a very long time, but needed courage. A while ago I featured Stacey on my blog, with the first chapter excerpt of her book Empty Chairs.

The first chapter is brutal. It churns your insides and makes you feel like you've lived on ...
I have wanted to review this book for a very long time, but needed courage. A while ago I featured Stacey on my blog, with the first chapter excerpt of her book Empty Chairs.

The first chapter is brutal. It churns your insides and makes you feel like you've lived on a strict diet of broken glass for the last six months. This is a true story about the abuse Stacey lived through, starting very very young. And I expected the rest of this book to be that gut-wrenching. Which is why I've stalled this long to read it, as I expected to cry my way through each chapter.

However, that is not the case. Instead this details Stacey's life of fear to the snapping point at the age of eleven when she finally turns the tables and leaves home for good. Most of this book is about her life as an eleven year old, surviving on her own, homeless.

A lot about this makes me want to cry and get emotional. Only *some people* can understand that brutality may not shock you, but it's kindness that makes you cry. And it was the kindness she was shown by a biker known as *Animal* that makes me cry in this book (on more than one occasion).

The injuries her developing body sustained from her mother were compounded by the brutal methods used to frighten street children into prostitution. Unfortunately the children this information would most benefit will never get to read this book when it could save their lives. But Stacey has lived with a compromised body her entire life because of the abuse she suffered.

I wish everyone would read this book, just to sew their mouths up when they're about to complain. I have issues with people who complain, because those that do rarely have a very good reason for it. Read this book and you'll be grateful or every single day you've ever lived (okay maybe not every day as there are some days none of us would ever like to relive - but you know what I mean).

Despite the subject, Stacey's book is well written, it gives you insight and understanding, and at times you can see her on the page staring back at you. The smell just before rain, she likens to the earth greeting the rain. Those who have known extreme pain, find beauty in the little things. Maybe that's what bonds them together. Put a crowd of abused people in a park, and they'll ignore each other and be captivated by the freeness of the birds and how they manage to sound so cheerful each and every day no matter what the weather, without a larder, scavenging for food each day, they're still happy, and that's what an abused person sees. Not the park, but the smells, and the freedom, the beauty of what it means not to be caged physically, mentally, or emotionally. Many people escape their abuse, but they don't escape the mental cage that comes with it.

Stacey has. Writing this book, I believe she's taken the final step to freedom. And I am so proud of her! Please read it, it will change your life.

posted by Poppet38 on May 14, 2011

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2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Nothing to do, good book to read

This book is ok worth the price you pay, bad thing there is no end you dont know what happens it just stops .........

posted by 6794890 on August 9, 2011

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