Believe Like a Child Paperback – Jun 22 2011
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About the Author
SOME DIRT ON THE AUTHOR: Born and raised in Plymouth Meeting, a small town west of Philadelphia, Paige Dearth was a victim of child rape and spent her early years yearning for a better life. To escape the unwanted attentions of her molester, a pedophile uncle who lived with the family, she married at the age of nineteen and moved with her new husband to Chula Vista, California. After two years of marriage during which she struggled to make ends meet, she became pregnant, only to discover that her husband was a heroin addict. Paige waited for the birth of her daughter and when the baby was just eight months old, moved back to Pennsylvania. With no formal education or money to fall back on, she courageously set out to pick up the pieces of her shattered life and make it whole once more. Living through the fear and isolation of her youth, Paige developed the ability to create stories that would help her cope and finally put them to use by embarking on a series of novels. Believe Like A Child, the author’s debut offering, is the darkest version of who she could have become, had fate not intervened in the nick of time. It presents a fine balance between what lives on in her imagination and the evil that lurks in the real world.
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While the many torments she suffered were heart-wrenching, the most emotional parts of the book for me were the acts of kindness - great and small - that helped Alessa move forward in her life. Her goodness often put her at risk but she was willing to risk everything for the people she loved and for those she barely knew who simply needed her.
A remarkable work from first time author Paige Dearth. I look forward to more from her!
Paige Dearth was a victim of child rape. Paige escaped from her pedophile uncle at the age of 19 and got married. She married and moved to Chula Vista, California. After two years of being married, she got pregnant, only to find out her husband was addicted to heroin. When her baby was eight months old she moved back to Pennsylvania. It is Paige's faith that kept her strong and able to face all of her fears to bring such a wonderful true to life story.
I have to say that it is an honor to be asked by Paige to review her book, I could feel the pain that Paige endured as a child. I love to read books to learn from them, but this book taught me how Paige endured her hardships but kept the fight of life to be better and overcome such horrific torment. It is proof that Paige can encourage and inspire each of her readers despite her lifetime trials.
Main Character is Alessa (Meaning defender of mankind), at age seven years old found her uncle in her bed, forcing sex upon her. Alessa is the youngest of four kids.
Main Character is Caterina whom was the youngest of 14 children, Alessa's Mother.
In Alessa's family turmoil was what Alessa's family thrived on, whereas all Alessa wanted is to be around people who would make her feel loved and like she belonged in her family. This is not the case as she is the outcast everywhere she goes. Alessa's family was very poor making her life all that much harder in the real world.
How did Uncle Danny get to Alessa? At age six Alessa's grandma died and this was her best friend. Grandma made Alessa feel special, unlike all of the other family members. So during and after the funeral Uncle Danny made Alessa feel comforted, warm and loved. Alessa felt loved for the first time since Granny died. Uncle Danny was well liked by all family members; he made money, funny and well rounded type of guy. Danny was the type of guy anyone whom would love to be around and like. Danny's girlfriend dies in a tragic car accident which brought him to realize he needed to be around family so Caterina offers a room for him. This helped Danny and Caterina because he needed a place to live and he paid rent for the room which in turn helped out Caterina with daily necessities the poor family needed.
At night Uncle Danny would comfort Alessa and let her fall asleep in his bedroom. Then around six months after granny died, Uncle Danny "raped" Alessa. This made Alessa feel isolated and alone, at the age of seven. After the first rape, Alessa started to sleep in her own bed and Uncle Danny would enter into the room late at night and continue the abuse.
By the time Alessa is nine years old, Uncle Danny made it a nightly ritual to help himself to Alessa. By the time she was 12, Uncle Danny wanted more from her and decided to have sex in ways "only a pedophile would do."
Alessa childhood was robbed but despite it all it did prepare her with the resilience to hold on to her own dreams and later in life be greatly blessed.
All in all, this might be a matter of taste, in that I don't want my mind mentally bashed in with a hammer repeatedly without respite. But there were also craft errors throughout. The dialogue was stinted and implausible. Every character sounded the same--or rather, all the 'good' characters sounded one way and all the bad another. The syntax was awkward. There was a lot more telling than showing in the narrative.
I'm certainly not naive that this stuff goes on in real life, but when I read a novel, I need hope. This took all my hope and stomped on it and told me to give up, that even if it gets better, it'll only get worse and the bad guys win. Dude. Not my cup of tea. More like a cup of nothing, or less than nothing, because it left me feeling miserable and cheated. Now, there are certain authors who can pull this off and you're impressed by their ingenuity, their ability to get you to connect with their spark of humanity and their message. Some Russian writers come to mind. This isn't one of those. You just feel like the past few hours of your life were stolen by a contrived and wretched story lacking completely in anything that is not linked to despair or violation.
Don't read it thinking it's gonna get better. It starts out horrible, it gets worse and spends its entire time reveling in its own hopelessness.
Long and short, though, is that this book was terrifically written. The plot was very engaging and each character really came to life. I am, in fact, so inspired by Ms. Dearth's characters, I have become motivated to be more proactive in helping those in need. Not only were these books enjoyable to read, they are truly life changing. I have come away with a more evolved opinion of those less fortunate than myself. Thank you