Amelia's Story

Amelia s Story This is a true story of Amelia s harrowing journey through her childhood All she needs to do is survive through to adulthood then her destiny will be in her own hands This is a powerful portrayal of

  • Title: Amelia's Story
  • Author: D.G. Torrens
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 325
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • This is a true story of Amelia s harrowing journey through her childhood All she needs to do is survive through to adulthood, then her destiny will be in her own hands This is a powerful portrayal of the life of a child subjected to the care system and her desperate struggle to be free Amelia has but one wish and that is to survive each day, but the obstacles placed befThis is a true story of Amelia s harrowing journey through her childhood All she needs to do is survive through to adulthood, then her destiny will be in her own hands This is a powerful portrayal of the life of a child subjected to the care system and her desperate struggle to be free Amelia has but one wish and that is to survive each day, but the obstacles placed before her are proving too much to bare Amelia starts to wonder about the peace and finality of her own death.

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    1. Poorly written with many redundant phrases. Could have been a good book but I only finished it because I wanted to know what happened to her. Then the ending felt like they came to a sudden stop because an editor said, "Hey, we can make a sequel to this so let's stop here and sell two books". Do not bother with either story.

    2. This is quite possibly the most poorly written book I've ever read, which is saying a lot considering I used to write books when I was 9 that consisted of gems like, "My cousins are fun. One of them is 3 and one of them is 4 and one of them is 6 and one of them is 8." In fact, I'm not convinced this book wasn't written by a 9 year old. Sort of a shame because the story could have been really compelling, but I've never seen such awful, clunky prose in my life.

    3. I feel for the author, I truly do but the book itself was near impossible to understand. Sentences seemed to end abruptly, scenes jumped from one paragraph to the next without any transition and there was an exclamation point hidden about every three sentences - always with a little nugget of present-tense reflection. She rarely delved into how she felt about things and it made it hard to see her as a person, the spontaneous jump scenes only added to that feeling of disconnection from the narrat [...]

    4. As I've said before: memoirs are hard to rate because you're evaluating someone's presentation of their own life.Let me start by saying that Ms. Torrens had an unfortunate childhood. I acknowledge what she lived through was both terrible and sad on a multitude of levels. The fact that she's determined to break the cycle is admirable and I cheer her for recognizing the need to be mindful. Why then did I only give her memoir (part one) two stars instead of the five so many other reviewers gushingl [...]

    5. This story truly captured my heart as well as my mind, Amelia takes you on a journey through her childhood and what a shocking one it was. Amelia found herself in the care system due to an abusive mother. I could relate to the story a lot as my childhood wasn't the best. I also had friends at school who were in the same situation and back then the care system was far from a great place to be in!I take my hat off to Dawn for going through so much and is still here to tell her story, for a first t [...]

    6. I do not know how to feel about this book. On one hand, the story was interesting. Amelia went through a lot of horrible things and I felt bad for her. On the other hand, this book needs an editor. There are grammatical mistakes. The writer will tell you about something that happened and then repeat herself which is very irritating. It annoys the reader when writers do that. It's so irritating and aggravating and you must not do that when you write.Don't!But what really frustrated me was the boo [...]

    7. This was just ok for me. The style was at times difficult to read. Not sure if the editing was the problem or that is just the way it was supposed to be. I also wished it would have told more.This is the story of Amelia and her journey through the care system. It made me think of all the children that get stuck in the system. I sometimes wonder how some manage to turn out as well as they do.

    8. This book seems in some way like a true story written by the seventeen year old protagonist. It is not polished or very well crafted or deep. It simply tells a story. While it is a tragic story, it not really have much emotional impact on me. It did not urge me to action or even to want to read the next book in the three book series.

    9. One day you will turn around and wonder where your childhood went. Some will want to do it all over againwhile others will be glad they lived through the scary part of being a child. My own dad was placed into a state care system and eventually separated from his only brother. Something he never got over. Even as an adult, some of the things that happened to him were still nightmares that he relived, even at his death. Sometimes my dad said what Freddie Mercury said in his song, Bohemian Rhapsod [...]

    10. Usually I don't like sad stories. When I read a book I'm in search of an escape from everyday life and I don't like enter a world that is worse then the real one. However this time I decided to read this book because I know it to be a true story. I had the opportunity to meet the author on the internet and other readers recommended "Amelia's Story".I was surprised! It's an intense reading for people who had similar experience and it's an illuminating reading for people who had a normal childhood [...]

    11. Amelia's Story by D.G. Torrens takes you into the real life story of a little girl who is brave and strong beyond her years. Due to abuse and neglect Amelia and her siblings are placed into the state care system where they are eventually separated from each other. Amelia finds herself alone and scared and must endure circumstances that no child should ever have to face. From somewhere deep inside, Amelia has the courage and will to dream of her future and to rise above her current reality and se [...]

    12. This was a heart breaking story about one childs struggle through her harrowng childhood. I found it both inspiring and heart breaking. Amelia has spent most of her childhood in various childrens home,this story tells the immense struggle Amelia has just getting through each day. I was fascinated and gripped. I cannot wait for Amelia's story part 11. An author to watch in the future.

    13. Well this was something. Yup, not too sure what, but something.The author (and I use the term loosely) has endured a terrible tragedy in her youth, no child should have to live through such things- ever. Having said that, it would seem that she has indeed flourished in her life since, and I do applaud her for that wholeheartedly As for the writing, well another story could be told as to why it appears to have been written by a twelve year old. It is ridiculously repetitive in my opinion, and has [...]

    14. After listening to about a half an hour of this book, I am throwing in the towel. It's obviously self-published and needs a brutal editor. I found myself thinking, "Yeah, you said that already," and "okay, get on with the story, we understand that your mother terrified you; you've told us ten times already!"Once home, I got onto and read a few reviews. Wish I'd done that before I spent money on the audiobook. I wasted my money, but I refuse to waste my time, especially since she apparently cont [...]

    15. I was interested in reading this book, because it deals with child abuse. I worked as a child welfare worker, and it brought up a lot of memories of the children I worked with, and I wonder what has happened to them, and if they had similar experiences to the children in this book. The main character in this book is a young women, who was the oldest of four children. This oldest child took on the role of the loving mother. This seemed to be the way things happened with the children I used to wor [...]

    16. This was a heartbreaking yet inspiring story. The writing was deeply personal and flowed with an honesty that was breathtaking. Apart from the odd lapse into American spelling, I thought it was extremely well-written and suited the poignant tale of what can happen when children are put into the hands of despicable people.And despicable they were.I'm not sure if children in 'care' are still treated as badly - no voice, split from siblings, abused, stripped of anything that gives them identity and [...]

    17. This was a heartbreaking yet inspiring story. The writing was deeply personal and flowed with an honesty that was breathtaking. Apart from the odd lapse into American spelling, I thought it was extremely well-written and suited the poignant tale of what can happen when children are put into the hands of despicable people.And despicable they were.I'm not sure if children in 'care' are still treated as badly - no voice, split from siblings, abused, stripped of anything that gives them identity and [...]

    18. Beautifully and sensitively written. I have great admiration for the author of this book. To share the story of a childhood that no one deserves is brave and very poignant, especially when it is written for her own daughter to understand her journey. I was drawn in immediately by the natural writing style and I was totally absorbed by this book. I could not stop reading it, as cliched as that sounds, to the point that it was a good job it was a weekend and I could indulge in an almost non stop r [...]

    19. Amelia's story was one of unremarkable and sorrowful heroism. For such a young girl to start out in life with an abusive mother and be trudged through her mother's perilous loom of boyfriends Amelia conquered through. Bounced from children's house to children's house at the expense of her abusive mother Amelia endured the hardest struggles in life; not being able to be surrounded by her siblings and having all contact cut with them, feeling the torment of bullies and being viciously attacked onl [...]

    20. This is so badly written that I initially nearly cast it aside thinking, "Thank goodness it was a Kindle freebie." Examples of every conceivable error of grammar, usage, and punctuation are found in abundance. But then I considered who was writing. I am a retired social worker and entered my profession of public child welfare in the U. S. in 1979, about the same time Amelia was entering the U. K. system. Although institutional care was less common, the hundreds of children who were the responsib [...]

    21. For ALL abused children & adults of child abuse, AMELIA'S STORY is the book to read. From my own personal experience there are two kinds of abused children, those who delve into complete denial and those who encapsulate each and every horrid memory of their experience. D.G. Torrens is the latter. Dawn's detailed memoir brought up so many feelings I'd repressed about my own abused childhood. A parent is meant to LOVE their children, not to throw them into the garbage heap. If you are, or have [...]

    22. My goodness, I struggled ! This book is so badly written. The repetitions were so frequent that at time, I felt it had been written by someone with amnesia. ( didn't the author re-read the book in one sitting and told herself "oh I have already said that 3 pages ago!) I also struggled with the time line. It seemed that the between the age of 7 and 8, she acquired 2 sisters. I carried on reading it to see what would happen to her but it ends suddenly when she gets kicked out by her foster mother. [...]

    23. This is a memoir of the abuse and foster care system that Amelia went through. This is in England so the system is a little different. They get out of foster care at the age of 16 instead of 18 (in the states). Amelia started off the book by saying her mother was a pure sociopath and should have been diagnosed as that. Her mother was very upset about where her life was. She thought she deserved so much more but the kids pulled her back so she resented them and abused them emotionally, neglect wi [...]

    24. Amelia's Story by D.G. Torrens takes you into the real life story of a little girl who is brave and strong beyond her years. Due to abuse and neglect Amelia and her siblings are placed into the state care system where they are eventually separated from each other. Amelia finds herself alone and scared and must endure circumstances that no child should ever have to face. From somewhere deep inside, Amelia has the courage and will to dream of her future and to rise above her current reality and se [...]

    25. Is this a self published book where she had no-one to over look the editing of this book?? The way this book was "edited" made this yet another book I couldn't finished and wouldn't bother investing anymore time into it. This novel was written by a prolific author apparentlyI'm hoping her other books aren't this badly editedSome of the problems-Sentances make no sense.Sentences end strangely.Sentences repeat themselves as in the same sentence next to each other.You'll be reading one bit then ano [...]

    26. I have loved this book since the moment I read the first two sentences. The terrible story of Amelia's childhood is told beautifully, in a way that makes the reader moved, without being a pathetic story. A positive account of a very negative experience. But the story tells us not to give up, because everybody can fulfill their dreams if they really believe in them. This is the story of a child who was forced to grow up when her mum proved to be useless for the task of upbringing her own children [...]

    27. Once I started this story, it was hard to put it down. It begins with a Amelia, writing this letter to her beloved daughter, explaining to her why she never told her about her childhood.Amelia was raised by a mother who was anything but a good mother. She abused her children, and especially, Amelia, being the oldest. A hard life for this beautiful young soul who was always looking for her mother's love, who learned early that she was in charge of her destiny. A heart wrenching dose of what many [...]

    28. This book has been by far one of the most moving and amazing stories I have ever read, especially because it is a true story. It made me remember lots of things from my own childhood, but it was told so beautifully and in such a plain style, that I think it has made me consider my own past in a different light. It made me think that I have also succeeded in having a life of my own. Thank you so much, dear Dawn, for sharing your story with all of us, bringing loads of positivism and lessons in st [...]

    29. This is a pretty sad memoir of a child who is bounced between orphanages and her family, which is all written so that the author's own children will have a better understanding of who their mother is. For that alone, I think it's a powerul gift.However, it is frustrating (as other reviewers have noted) that you get very invested in this book and at the end it abruptly ends with "you'll have to read about that in my next book." Which is a fair tactic, but kind of a bummer in a memoir.

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