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Length: 183 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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I am a survivor of horrific physical and mental abuse inflicted on me by the one person in my life that was supposed to love and protect me and teach me right from wrong. I am a fighter because I did not allow my past to dictate my future and I fought for years to successfully overcome the demons left over from my childhood.

I spent my entire life punishing myself for the acts of my mother. I spent years trying desperately to figure out why she was the way she was and what I could have done so wrong to make her hate me so much. My journey to overcome my childhood demons was difficult and painful; but in the end, I realized that my past is what it is and it was up to me to decide my future.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 357 KB
  • Print Length: 183 pages
  • Publisher: Sarah Burleton (Jan. 5 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052751P0
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #384,362 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9e0cc5fc) out of 5 stars 81 reviews
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e6d0e88) out of 5 stars Thank God for Epilogues June 15 2011
By Katie Templeton - Published on Amazon.com
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It is 12:30am, two hours past my normal bedtime. Like Sarah, I was born in 1978 and am the mother of a young son. That is just about where the similarities end. I can't remember how I stumbled across her first novel- "Why Me," but her story is one I will never forget. Be mindful of when you begin this read- because you will not be able to put this biography down. Sarah chose to tell not only the painful, shocking story of her horribly abusive past- but succeeded in creating a timeless depiction of hope.

She crafts her story into concise chapters- some revolving around particular people in her life, some about the bigger picture- while all of them are equally spellbinding.

I could not get enough towards the end of the story, so in order to not to have to include a spoiler alert, I will let the title of my review also be my conclusion.
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e09d564) out of 5 stars Friend of the author March 4 2012
By xnavcby7896 - Published on Amazon.com
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As a friend of the author growing up with Sarah, I never knew the tortured world she lived. Although exposed to some crazy behavior from her mother...I never knew how crazy or psychotic her mother was. I cried my eyes out while reading because I was there and never picked up on the true pain Sarah lived day to day! Sarah is a truly strong woman and perservered through this horrible childhood! Love you Sarah!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e0cc1dc) out of 5 stars Inspiring, easy read June 16 2011
By NicoleF - Published on Amazon.com
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I like the way she wrote the book and how someone with such a terrible past can inspire others by staying positive looking towards the future. I enjoyed the book.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e152060) out of 5 stars Engaging. True storyz. Easy read. May 26 2011
By Colin Reef - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Usually when it comes to a sequal one needs to read the first book to understand the second, or parts of it are repitive. Not this book. "What It Is" was such a gripping story. It made me feel angry toward abusive parents. It made me feel sad for the reality of "What It Is". And it made me feel happy to see how Sarah beat the odds of an extremely abused child, and become the beautiful human being she is today. "What It Is" is truly an inspiring story that shows one can achieve a goal. I've read over 100 memoirs and this is definately in the top 10. Thanks Sarah for writing your story!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dea7270) out of 5 stars Took me down memory lane Oct. 7 2012
By Kindle Fire Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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It was hard for me to read of the author's abusive childhood and cruel mother. I applaud the courage Sarah had in leaving the abuse at the age of 16 to make her own way in the world. The world can be mighty scary at that age, especially when you must rely on others for your food and board. People don't realize, but the abused child lacks the guidance a loving parent gives in showing through example and discussion in how to deal and behave in social situations over 18 years. Once you miss those stages in growth, it is extremely difficult to learn those things as an adult. I am glad to see that Sarah has made lemonade of lemons and has found happiness in her life with her husband, sons and husband's family. Good for Sarah to come to terms with her mother's craziness and make the decision to ban her mother from her life. Sarah may never understand why her mother chose to be so cruel to her as a child, but as an adult, Sarah has exercised her power to protect herself and her children from an evil influence.

Recovery from abuse is lifelong and I am glad that Sarah did not succumb to the effects of drugs and alcohol to numb the memories and pain. Not only is writing about abuse cathartic for those who experience it, but writing is also a very powerful tool to shine the light of knowledge and truth on the hidden and shameful acts of abusers. Writing clarifies the correct placement of shame and embarassment, transferring from the abused to the abuser, where it belongs. I am glad to see Sarah letting go of the past and living well and happily...isn't that the best revenge?