In I'll Give You Something to Cry About, Elizabeth Acker gives a stunning account of growing up under the abusive control of an emotionally and mentally ill mother. Elizabeth is forced to become estranged from her father and struggles alone to create hope and meaning for her life while serving her mother like a slave. This book is a true account of a daughter's struggle to survive a mother with paranoia, schizophrenia, and manic depression.
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I'll Give You Something to Cry About: A memoir of a daughter's struggle to survive a mother with paranoia, schizophrenia, and manic depression based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite I'll Give You Something to Cry About by Elizabeth Acker is an autobiographical account written in the first person about growing up living with and being raised by an emotionally abusive mother suffering from mental illness and disorders. Elizabeth and her sister live with their mother and grandparents. Their parents' marriage is over and they don’t see their father often or regularly. As the girls adjust to their new life, their mother remarries and they all move into a new place as a family. Their step baby brother is born shortly after, and things get progressively worse as Elizabeth is given more and more household chores to do, including caring for the baby. The abuse from her mother gets verbal as well as physical at times. Her life story as she grows up during her childhood and teenage years is chronicled here. I'll Give You Something to Cry About is a book that draws attention to faulty and even abusive parenting that results from one or both parents suffering from mental illness, personality disorders, or mood disorders. In this case, Elizabeth’s mother is diagnosed with depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. The result is kids growing up in an abusive, and neglected environment. I found the writing style throughout to be quite direct and easy to follow. Her relationship with her biological father is also explored as they mend fences down the road. This is a good book that hopefully provides some insight into the nature of mental illnesses and the destruction these can cause if not properly treated.