Our Book Review – I Was a Mistake: Another Type of Abuse by Shawn Woods


** Review by Kylie from Bloggers From Down Under **

“Children look to their parents for approval and when they don’t get that approval, they question themselves. They also have problems with self-esteem and confidence”

For me, agreeing to read and review this book, was a sort of therapy. I’ve read books that have touched on violent upbringings, but this is the first time I’ve read such a moving story about mental abuse of a child. And granted, the language is sometimes tricky to understand (due to the authors learning difficulties, which is mentioned before the first chapter), but once I got into the swing of the narrative, it was, sadly, like reading my own story.

I too am the girl who has never been shown praise by her parents. Nothing I ever did, even putting my teenage years on hold, was ever good enough. Even now, like Shawn, at 42 years of age, I dread the family gatherings. I dread the loud conversations where no names are mentioned, but they don’t need to be. I hear the whispers behind my back, I hear the nasty words spewing from their mouths. But that is my story.

So Shawn, from one victim to another, Thankyou, from the bottom of my fractured heart, Thankyou. Your words are forever etched into my memory xoxoxo

While this book may not be for everyone, I personally was left speechless and in absolute awe at the life Shawn has led, even with monumentous hurdles to overcome.

And hoping this makes you smile for only a second Shawn……. I AM SO PROUD OF YOU for having the courage to share your story.

5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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