Abandoned: The true story of a little girl who didn't belong

Abandoned: The true story of a little girl who didn't belong

4.0 19
by Anya Peters
     
 
Separated from her real mother at birth, Anya grew up in terror of her drunken bullying uncle. Beaten, humiliated and sexually abused by him from the age of six, she thought her life couldn't get worse. But one day it did."I was used to Daddy screaming 'whore's child' at me, over and over again. But I couldn't get used to what he made me do."Anya was too terrified to

Overview

Separated from her real mother at birth, Anya grew up in terror of her drunken bullying uncle. Beaten, humiliated and sexually abused by him from the age of six, she thought her life couldn't get worse. But one day it did."I was used to Daddy screaming 'whore's child' at me, over and over again. But I couldn't get used to what he made me do."Anya was too terrified to tell anybody about what her uncle did to her. But then he got careless and started abusing her in front of the other children. When her brothers started calling her a 'whore', Anya cracked and all her terrible secrets came pouring out.Anya had always coped because there was one woman who loved her deeply, her 'Mummy'. But this time love was not enough. One morning 'Mummy' just left.Determined to make a new life, Anya buried her feelings and tried to move on. But when she ended up homeless, living in her car, she knew she had to face her past if she was ever going to find happiness and security again.Top 10 Sunday Times Bestseller, Abandoned is Anya's inspirational story of her fight to find love, acceptance and a place to belong.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

‘Truly Inspirational’ The Sun

'An uplifting story of survival.' Elle magazine

‘Hugely inspiring … Anya’s story gave me goose bumps.’ Jane Elliott, author of The Little Prisoner

'A powerful and utterly compelling story of a child’s staggering courage.’ Judy Westwater, author of Street Kid

‘A highly emotional story well told.' Evening Telegraph

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780007348305
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/01/2009
Sold by:
HarperCollins Publishers
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
112,166
File size:
421 KB

Meet the Author

During a 9-month spell of homelessness, Anya started to describe her experiences by accessing the internet in her local library and writing an online journal. Her blog soon built up a regular readership and helped raise awareness of the issue of the ‘hidden homeless’. Anya now lives in rented accommodation.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >

Abandoned 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a sad story - all Anya wanted was for someone to hold her as tell her she belongs. She never felt like she belonged anywhere. The fact that she had such a troubled childhood, made her into the person she is today.The book is in two parts: the first part is her life growing up, having been "abandoned" by her real mother because she was pregnant out of wedlock and to a married man. She was given to her mother's sister, whom she refers to as "Mummy". The man who lived with her, her uncle, constantly told her she was not wanted in the house, no one wants her, her mother is a "whore". Her uncle ended up sexually abusing her from the age of six. Reading Anya's story I realize that there is an intrinsic desire to 'Share' pain. Anya wrote of her hardships to 'share' them and when we read her story, we take a small piece of her pain. Maybe her load becomes lighter, and somehow maybe ours does too!  I hope the cathartic tale helps to remedy the pain. Fantastic read.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book about abuse and the effect it has on the victim which follows them their entire life. Kudos for the author pulling herself back together and trying to get on with her life. The ending just kind of drops off though.
WonderWomanLS More than 1 year ago
This book is a heart-breaker! Anya writes very eloquently about her life. It is hard to imagine that so many children are so very abused by the adults in their lives. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about behavior, child abuse and the reasons SOME children grow up to abuse drugs and end up homeless on the streets. Although it is difficult to read this book is worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book touched my heart in a way i never thought imaginable. Anya thank you so much for writing this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was surprised by how well-written this book is. Most autobiographies aren't as eloquent and yet straightforward. For all the horrors she revealed, I feel they're likely many more. I highly recommend this. She describes sexual abuse, but only enough to give you a general insight into her experiences. But I do feel anger towards her family and want to throw that pile of an uncle under a steamroller.
Anonymous 9 months ago
I wanted to stop reading the book many times but decided to stick with it. It wasnt a bad book and it wasnt poorly written just very repeatitive at times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Name: Reesha Dragon-Slayer (That's Dovah-Sil translated to English.) Race: Argonian (The lizard looking race from The Elder Scrolls.) Age: 18. Type: Pyros. (She uses healing spells too.) Looks: Red scales with a bit of black mixed in. She has a white under throat. She has two horns on the back sides of her head and she has orange eyes. Reptile snout, teeth and tail. She has a raspy voice as well. Personality: Funny, jumpy, sarcastic. Siggy: &real<_>eesha.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SO it started out strong but I was sooooo bored with her whining and being scared of EVERYTHING! Enough all ready. I literally skipped the last 8 chapters and didnt miss a thing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed reading your story. Its sad to see how cruel the world can be looking forward to reading your blog.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sad book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasent satisfied and would like my money back
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought that this book was very good and sad of what i got to read of it at least. If i had the entire book i probably wouldve been crying when i had finushed reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Idk if it is a good book for my age i mean im 12 but idk wat i should do plz help