Etched on Me

Etched on Me

Book - 2014
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On the surface, sixteen-year-old Lesley Holloway is just another bright new student at Hawthorn Hill, a posh all-girls prep school north of London. Little do her classmates know that she recently ran away from home-where her father had spent years sexually abusing her-and that she now spends her afternoons working in a fish and chip shop and her nights in a dingy hostel. Nor does anyone know that she's secretly cutting herself as a coping mechanism...until the day she goes too far and ends up in the hospital.

Lesley spends the next two years in and out of psychiatric facilities; overcoming her traumatic memories, finding the support of a surrogate family and a pioneering therapist, even falling in love with a fellow patient. Eventually completing university and earning her degree, she is a social services success story-until she becomes unexpectedly pregnant in her early twenties. Despite the many gains she has made and the overwhelming odds she has overcome, the same team that saved her as an adolescent will now question whether Lesley is fit to be a mother. And so she embarks upon her biggest battle yet: the fight for her unborn daughter.
Publisher: New York : Washington Square Press, 2014.
Edition: 1st Washington Square Press trade pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9781476739069
1476739064
Branch Call Number: CROWELL J
Characteristics: 321 p. ; 22 cm.

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Excellent and truthful book.

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walkermom
Nov 24, 2014

Tough to read at times, but a very strong book. Given the content, trigger warnings go out to any person who might not want to read about graphic sexual child abuse, mental illness and loss of a child.

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walkermom
Nov 24, 2014

walkermom thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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walkermom
Nov 24, 2014

Violence: Depicts graphic scenes of childhood sexual abuse and incest

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