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Memoir of a Milk Carton Kid: The Tanya Nicole Kach Story

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13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

A must buy for any parent in America! Awesome book! Memoir of

A must buy for any parent in America!

Awesome book!

Memoir of a Milk Carton Kid, by Tanya Kach and Lawrence Fisher (author) delves into the issues surround one girls horrific ordeal, her ten year essential inprisonment by a her middle school security guard Thomas Hose...
A must buy for any parent in America!

Awesome book!

Memoir of a Milk Carton Kid, by Tanya Kach and Lawrence Fisher (author) delves into the issues surround one girls horrific ordeal, her ten year essential inprisonment by a her middle school security guard Thomas Hose (some tweny years older than her). Tanya Kach was your typical 14 year old middle school girl in America (she was living in Pittsburgh, PA area) when her life started to spiral out of control with her parents divorcing, terrible crowd, stress, so forth. She started to skip class, talk to her middle school security guard (he decides to kiss her one day), Thomas Hose. Tom tells Tanya that she can come live with him at his house, so she runs away only to be essentially inprisoned by Tom (security guard) for the next ten year of her life. This book is very insightful into the legal system in America, Lawrence Fisher (author) talks about home such a thing can even happen in America. Once Tanya is at Tom's house, a house that he shares with his son and/or parents, Tanya is forced to live in room for the first four years (shower a week if she was luckY), malnourishment, solitary confined to a room. After the first four years, in 2000, Tom basically introduces her to his parents, son and tells them this is his new live in girlfriend. He has Tanya change her name, they go on some excursions outside of the house under the watchful eye of Tom. The information packed in this book is interesting, you learn a lot. Very good writing. After ten years of captivity by her middle school security guard (tom), Tanya finally makes a break for it and begs a cashier at a mart for help. She is able to be finally free, turn all the misery she faced into a triumph. Tanya overcame many forms of mental illness caused by her ordeal, and is now engaged. She overcame many physical ailments from her inprisonment by capture-Tom, she has a job, college, house. It is an amazing nonficiton book. A must have for any parent in America. Stories like Elizabeth Smart, Tanya Kach are sad but inspiring in that despite a tragedy (abduction) or in Tanya's case brainwashing, home confinement they are able to go onto to live productive lives. Truly fascinating content, a must buy for any parent in America. Buying this book signals that you care about the cause of mssing children in America! In America's woeful economic times, budget cut backs for schools, this is a great learning tool for parents, always be on guard about their school atmosphere, have open communication - some type of relationship with young, nieve children up the age of at least 18. Highly recommend this book to any parent in America, it was a great book, very insightful content. Awesome book!

posted by BrianD0 on March 29, 2013

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9 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

Sad and heartbreaking story, but not well written

When I saw an her TV interview on Dr. Phil, my heart went out to her for the ordeal she suffered. Towards the end of the interview, it was mentioned that she and her lawyer had written this book, I immediately went to my local B&N to pick up the book, to read more of he...
When I saw an her TV interview on Dr. Phil, my heart went out to her for the ordeal she suffered. Towards the end of the interview, it was mentioned that she and her lawyer had written this book, I immediately went to my local B&N to pick up the book, to read more of her amazing story. I was very disappointed, not well written or organized in my opinion and found it very difficult to follow along with the story. Not at all written in the same style as Jaycee Dugard's book.

posted by 9869077 on October 14, 2011

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  • Posted February 29, 2012

    Good book, But some issues

    The book, Memoir of a Milk Carton Kid, is a true story written from the perspective of Tanya Nicole Kach. It is a terrifying story of a middle school girl, Tanya Kach, who get’s forced into spending ten treacherous years as a prisoner by her school’s security guard, Tom Hose. It all starts off with her very troubled childhood all the way to her road to recovery. Tanya starts off by talking about her childhood, which was full of neglect due to careless parents and relatives when she was around the age 13. After her mother had a restraining order filed on her, Tanya had to change schools and had a rough time adjusting. She began to later make friends, but shortly lost the relationship with them. Tanya became very isolated, and a troublesome kid. She soon turned to her school security guard Tom Hose as someone to talk to and get attention from. Tanya got attention from him, but not the kind she had asked for. Tanya’s relationship with Tom carried on and only got more risky. Problems soon got worse at home with Tanya’s father and his new girlfriend, causing Tanya to run away and get persuaded into living with Tom Hose in his small, hot, upstairs bedroom, where she would have to stay, for the following ten years. Tanya’s childhood story is very devastating to read, but it leads to ultimate triumph in the end.
    Tanya’s told her story well, and made her book easy to follow. When my mom told me about the story and mentioned she wrote a book, I decided to go buy the book because I was so intrigued by the story I heard. It is a book that was hard to set down, you just want to find out what will happen next. But, I did find a few dislikes about it. Throughout the book, I often found Tanya, repeating herself, and blaming everyone for everything that has happened to her, she even showed anger and criticism toward those who helped her to get out of captivity. Also, towards the end of the book, after her escape, it became very hard to follow because it was very repetitive. I would recommend reading this book though, because it’s a great way to show people what is going on in the world and teach them to be careful of who they are talking to, and what they are saying to them.

    6 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 30, 2011

    Very unfortunate

    A lot of people second guess what actually happened between Tanya and her captor since she ran to him. I believe people forget what it's like to be 13. Yes, she ran away from home. Yes, she ran to Tom Hose. But I'm sure she wasn't planning on staying there for 10 years. 13 year olds are very impressionable and naive. She looked up to him. She had a horrible home life and she went to him for comfort. It's sad to say he took advantage of that. Yes there were times that she could have left but I honestly think she was brainwashed. It took a lot of courage to do what she did. The book was well written and I enjoyed it. I'm just glad she found herself. I'm sure it's difficult to come back from something that harmful and she did. i think she's a strong woman.

    6 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2011

    Good

    It was interesting and I felt sympathetic, but the writing was extremely repetitive. It was very admirable of Tanya to share her nightmare story with all of us so that parents can learn what can happen to their troubled children.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

    ?

    I have seen her on tv. I know it might not be true but, dont you guys care how hurt she is or was. How many years it must of took to not be afraid. She was sick, and she couldnt go to a docter. Her captor was abusing her. Its horroble. Yeah she could have deffinently left at some times in the book, but he threatened to smuggle her while she was sleeping and put her in a garbage bag amd throw her into a river! I would have been scared. You probley would have too. He also threatened to hurt her family. She was hurt at 14. She escaped at 24. She still has problems to this day! Show some kindness.

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2012

    Should i buy?

    Um... i dont know if i should buy this or not i accudently got the sample but idk if its good. Most of these reviews are either great or terrible :)

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2012

    Okay read

    Interesting, tragic story, but not detailed or well written.

    0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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