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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Simply breathtaking

This book blew me away. It's gut-wrenching, dramatic, and impossible to put down. It made me cry. It made me open my eyes to this serious issue. If you have kids or will have them, you need to read this!

posted by 7402034 on March 6, 2011

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3 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

More shock then story

I was very interested in reading this memoir, as I am a fan of memoirs and I am a student at Binghamton University, where the author recieved her PhD.

I read a number of reviews on this book, most of which were very accurate when they discuss the stilted writing sty...
I was very interested in reading this memoir, as I am a fan of memoirs and I am a student at Binghamton University, where the author recieved her PhD.

I read a number of reviews on this book, most of which were very accurate when they discuss the stilted writing style that occupies the majority of the book.

Fragoso is telling the story of her repeated molestations and fourteen year relationship with a man that has repeatedly abused children. In Fragoso, he finds a perfectly malleable eight year old who he controls and warps. Fragoso starts her story at the very beginning, outlining her family life and her first meetings with her molester. In writing this, she attempts to capture a childs voice and viewpoint, which unfortunately rings false. At times, her descriptions are overly flowery and many of her similes and metaphors are simply unrelateable and outlandish. The author has a lot of trouble with realistic conversations, some of this may be due to the fact that she was piecing conversations together from memory and diaries, but her dialogue does not read naturally. It seems that a close editing would have really helped this book.

The book achieves a more congruent flow once she reaches her teen years. Fragoso does have a tendency to drop in information rather late in the book that would have been helpful earlier on, and at times she goes over and above introducing characters that are extraneous.

I think the author's purpose of the book, to shed light on an incident that had remained secret for so long, was executed. To me, the most interesting and well written parts of the book were the Prologue and the Afterword, both told in her contemporary voice. I think the whole memoir would have been much stronger if she had written it in her contemporary voice with flashbacks or analysis of what had occurred.

Obviously, due to the subject matter, this book will be read and discussed in a number of arenas, so for that fact alone, it is certainly worth the read.

Hopefully the author's future books will allow more of her voice to be heard, rather than the voices of her past.

posted by SuperDuperSarah on March 6, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2011

    Touching story

    I enjoyed this memoir- it is hard to gind books so eye-opening while at the same time still stories. Sometimes it was a little hard to stomach... but it was honest and held a lot of truth.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 4, 2012

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    An amazing memoir of the author's youth and adolescence and her

    An amazing memoir of the author's youth and adolescence and her relationship with her friend, the pedophile. That's right. FRIEND!
    In this book Ms Fragoso does the unthinkable. She brings us inside her relationship with Paul, a friend to Margaux's mother and herself, who groomed her from age eight to become a sexual partner for himself at the time almoast 60!
    Probably the most chilling aspect is that Paul is not your drooling, raincoat wearing, pervert. He places himself in the path of this family, an abusive father, mentally ill mother and fragile Margaux herself. She wants love from an adult she can depend on.
    What she gets is a form of attention, which she experiences as love that Paul insinuates himself in her life to the point Margaux believes in their mutual love, that an uncaring world would never understand and so must be kept secret.
    Mom, Dad and just about every adult in this story seems not to see (or acknowledge) the terrible things happening to Margaux. Yes of course the sex games, but also Margaux's depression, confused self image and ultimate belief that she will marry Paul and live happily ever after!
    But like almost any relationship built upon lies and deception, it begins to unravel. And Margaux remains a dedicated friend to Paul until the climax where she becomes painfully aware of the awful truth of the relationship.
    Margaux writes this tale in brutal first person remembrance. No one is spared, no detail is too gruesome as to be avoided. Eventually she comes to terms with her past and starts building a life of her own, college, husband and family. But there is never the day of reckoning for the pedophile. He sickly, slickly gets away without societal judgement and sanction of his acts. There is no big payoff. No conclusion. And that only makes this scarier ans more plausible still.

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