Audiobook Review: Afterward, Jennifer Mathieu (2016)

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

A surprisingly gentle story about trauma, recovery – and finding support in the most unexpected of places mit firefox youtube musik downloaden.

four out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free audiobook for review through Library Thing’s Early Reviewers program sims 4 für mac download kostenlos. Trigger warning for rape/childhood sexual abuse.)

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Audiobook Review: Devoted, Jennifer Mathieu (2015)

Monday, December 21st, 2015

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four out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free audiobook for review through Library Thing’s Early Reviewers program wix bild herunterladen. Trigger warning for misogyny and child abuse.)

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Only, no knight in shining armor saved me. I saved myself.

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Whereas her older brothers work in their father’s small landscaping business, Rachel and her sisters are confined to the domestic sphere, cooking, cleaning, caring for their younger siblings, and assuming responsibility for their Bible-based education. Though she’d normally be a junior or senior in high school, Rachel’s own education ended years ago, when her knowledge surpassed that of her mother. Now she spends the school day teaching her brothers and sisters, and learning what she can from the family’s outdated set of encyclopedias – some of the only non-religious books to grace the bookshelves.

Not that it matters, anyway: like all girls and young women, Rachel is training for one thing and one thing only: to be a sweet and responsible helpmeet for her future husband.

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Book Review: The Truth About Alice, Jennifer Mathieu (2014)

Friday, November 7th, 2014

A Study in Slut-Shaming / The Anatomy of a Rumor

four out of five stars

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