She Ain'T My Sister

She Ain'T My Sister

by Linda Ivy Cooper


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She Ain'T My Sister by Linda Ivy Cooper

“On one hand (She Ain’t My Sister) is a frightening book and

on the other, a hopeful one. It is very, very powerful.”

Laurie Rosin, Book Editor

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781456729936
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Publication date: 02/03/2011
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.41(d)

About the Author

Linda Cooper earned an English Degree and works for

the largest newspaper in the New York Times Regional

Media Group.

This memoir is based on her childhood as an adoptee. She

lives in Sarasota, Florida and has two daughters

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Molly is an adult. She has returned to the home of her childhood. The setting where she begins to tell her story is Bradenton, Florida.
She remembers and begins to reveal the secrets of a past shared by four displaced children. Molly and her brother Jake were given up for adoption to their mother's sister, (a victim of abuse and sexual molestation) and her husband the ex-marine of German heritage. Jake suffers both physical and mental abuse at the hands of his new father.
Molly is convinced if she does everything possible to please her new parents, they will love her. But, when her new father withholds food from her as a way to lose weight and her mother forcibly removes her teeth; she comes to believe they hate her because she is ugly.
Through divorce and other atrocities, one-by-one the three other children are banished from the family. Molly is left to face the downward spiral of a mother obsessed with grandeur thoughts of fame; associated with a distorted view of religion.

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She Ain'T My Sister 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
misspatti More than 1 year ago
She Aint My Sister is a gripping biography told through the eyes of a child, turning into a young woman. The tortures, both physical and mental that these "care givers" put upon the children in this story are absolutely unbelievable.The author has a way of keeping the reader in suspense, while also keeping the reader horrified at what happens next. Althought I found the book very emotional and sad, I also found it very hard to put down. I had to keep reminding myself that this is a true story and that you don't know what trials and tribulations others are unfortunate to have to endure. Linda Ivy Cooper has tremendous strength and courage to write this book and share her story. I would highly recommend She Aint My Sister.
MissPippa More than 1 year ago
She Ain't My Sister is a heartfelt & emotional book following the life of Molly. While reading, I couldn't help but feel like I knew Molly and wanted to offer my support to her and her brother Jake. Their struggles, torture and feelings are an eye opener on what goes on in other families homes. What a strong person Molly is to have endured abuse and is able to write about it in a way that captures her readers hearts. How many other Molly's are out there? I am sure too many to ever know. I reflected on my own life while reading this book and realized that everyone has their own issues growing up, but the positive side is that we are here to reflect and/or tell about them. I would highy reccommend this book.
betsymeyer More than 1 year ago
From the depths of her heart comes the harrowing story of a young adoptee as she navigates in an alien world,a world filled with vicious child abuse meant to break the spirit of her and her little brother. That they survived is a tribute to her tenacity and survival instincts. That she has succeeded in living a loving and meaningful life is a miracle.
SherbobSS More than 1 year ago
I was very excited to read this book. It made me sad and I was horrified at the way these children were treated. Such things should never happen to anyone, especially innocent children. I am glad that she told her story in hopes that others can get the help they need. I hope that Ms. Cooper will write other stories as this one was told with great feeling and insight. Thank you for letting us look at your life and maybe be a little more understanding of others.
cherrypoppsickels More than 1 year ago
While reading I was captivated at the struggles that Molly and Jake had to endure while growing up. The torment and torture from their parents and plus the ways at how they had to hide this from friends and co-workers. The fear, anger, and disgust you will feel toward the parents will stay with you long after finished. This book is a good example of what teachers, employers and friends should look out for if suspecting abuse. This book is something you should defiantly read, it’s inspiring. I can’t wait for a sequel that would continue after high school.
sjcain More than 1 year ago
As I read the book I could hear the southern draw and felt as if the story was being told to me in person. The subject matter is one that we do not wish to discuss in our society; however, I feel that it is more wide spread than we know. I purchased the book on my Nook, and then purchased a hard copy to give to my daughter. She began reading the book while on a road trip and I heard her crying. I turned and asked if she was ok. She just responded, 'This is just so sad'. It is a heart retching book that everyone should read to understand how our society does little to assist our children in need; however, it is wonderful to know that some child victims do grow up to become wonderful adults. Thank you, Linda Ivy Cooper, for the courage to share your story.
tracy-reader More than 1 year ago
Although this book was painful, it represents and defines how child abuse molds and damages us. However, this author has also proven it doesn't define us. The book draws you in and makes you feel as though you are that child. It is written from the child's perspective and not only does it horrify you, it shows you the spirit that won't give up. Her constant prayers to god, who many would have felt abandoned her, show that she still knows she is valuable, although the idiot and damaged adults around her want to bring her down to their sludge level in a twisted attempt to elevate themselves. Her beauty shines through all the horror. Hard but great read!
overcameabusemyself More than 1 year ago
There were times that I cried, got angry and felt so bad for Molly and Jake. I can so understand the courage that it took for "Molly" to write the book and stand up to "mommy". And, I use the term 'mommy' loosly; she may be a mutha but she ain't no mommy. I am so sorry that there are crazy parents out there that have children and have absolutly no business having them. Childhood for these children is what takes the remainder of their lives getting over. The book is amazing.
CarolJ10CJ More than 1 year ago
Easy to read, and difficult to put down...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I personally know the author of this book and couldn't have ever imagined what she'd been through as a child. It was a book I couldn't put down, but then hard to pick up again as I was always wondering if it could get any sadder. It's so hard for me to believe that there are children who go through this kind of experience and I now realize there are more than I probably even know. Again, knowing the author personally, I am happy to see how she's healed from this as best she could to become the shining star she is today. Read this book to realize you never know the pain someone else has gone through unless you've walked in their shoes OR picked up and read this book to understand.
SallyHeadrick More than 1 year ago
In She Aint My Sister, Linda Ivy Cooper shares her story of her dysfunctional family, a subject she has mastered in this writing. She Aint My Siter focuses on the period that the writer lived with her adoptive parents and the tragic childhood her and her siblings suffered at their hands. The book is riveting, intense, and at times, heart breakingly sad. Througout the book, Cooper shares story after story highlighting her adoptive parent's twisted and preverted personalities, but also shares her attempts to connect with the parents who seemed to deny her and her siblings the most basic expressions of love. In a story that could quicly become to dark to bear, Cooper also offers glimpses of hope as she finally breaks free from the insanity which enables her to take up such subject matter in her writing. Very well written. Cooper does an excellent job describing her surroundings and makes the reader feel that they are with her on the travels and tribulations that she endures throughout her childhood to adulthood.
Javaman-57 More than 1 year ago
As a personal friend and fan of the author I must admit that it was a bit painful to read at times because of the unconscionable behavior of her various "care givers" and the many injustices that she faced while growing up. The beautiful thing is that she didn't turn out to be a bitter victim, but one who has used those tragedies as a spring board for truth seeking and a passion for the good life has to offer. That in and of itself is a miracle. I hope this book serves as an inspiration and gives hope to others who have suffered at the hands of parents who held all the "power" in the home. I know there are probably thousands and thousands who grew up on "817 17th" street homes who lived private lives of desperation and exploitation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will keep you fascinated to know how and what children are exposed to when they are adopted into another family. Thankfully most children who are adopted are welcomed and treated as part of the family and live happily ever after....Not in this case! I feel for the kids in this book who have no choice but to deal with the way that this "Mommy" and "Daddy" treated them through their most innocent years. The Author pays attention to detail of the days she spent with this family, and what she went through. i especially liked the way she described their outings away from the home where they lived...No doubt she loves the outside and the breeze of the Beach on her face. It's comforting to me to know that these people who she called Parents didn't break her spirit and she was able to put in words her life story. Congratulations on your Success!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You will not be disappointed - for all of you who grew up in the South - and when I say the South I mean Florida :) and experienced Bible belt central you will identify with Molly - the heroine in this story who survives abuse at the hands of her adoptive parents.