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Review: Damaged

Damaged by Cathy Glass

Non-Fiction. Published 2006.

Read: August 2011, 339 pages

★★★★☆

Book Blurb:

Although Jodie is only eight years old, she is violent, aggressive, and has already been through several foster families.  Her last hope is Cathy Glass.  At the Social Services office, Cathy, an experienced foster carer, is pressured into taking Jodie as a new placement.  Despite her reservations, Cathy decides to take on Jodie to protect her from being placed in an institution.  Jodie arrives and her first act is to soil herself and then wipe it on her face, grinning wickedly.  Jodie meets Cathy’s teenage children and greets them with a sharp kick to the shins.  That night, Cathy finds Jodie covered in blood, having cut her own wrist, and smeared the blood over her face.

As Jodie begins to trust Cathy her behavior improves.  Over time, with childish honesty, she reveals details of her abuse at the hands of her parents and others.  It becomes clear that Jodie’s parents were involved in a sickening pedophile ring.  Unfortunately Jodie becomes increasingly withdrawn and needs psychiatric therapy.  Cathy urges the Social Services to provide funding, but instead they decide to take Jodie away and place her in a residential unit.  Cathy promises that she will stand by her no matter what– her love for the abandoned Jodie is unbreakable.

Impressions:

When I received this book from paperbackswap, I had been anticipating a good read.  The book  flows well and describes the plight of little Jodie. I highly recommend this book to any caring adult.

Thoughts:

I adored this heart breaking story.  You can’t help but yearn for Jodie’s improvement.  Cathy helps to voice Jodie’s story– for many are unaware of the torture and hell some children live.  This eye opening description provides a great example of how abuse and neglect can deteriorate a child.  Jodie was beyond repair by the time she reached Cathy.  So many others had failed her.  Jodie tried to save herself the best she could– the reason she finally came into foster care was because she lit her father’s dog on fire as she secured her two siblings to safety in the garden.  In care, Jodie was a terror– hurting herself and others, tantrums, aggressiveness, and she could not connect with others.  Damaged to say the least.. Jodie, may your story inspire others to help!  In closing, I urge others to speak out when you see or suspect abuse.  Speak out for a child who cannot.  It’s a tragic triumph that she has been set free from her perpetrators yet is beyond rebounding.

Quotes:

It was our secret. They said if I told, horrible things would happen.  I’d be taken to a dark cave and a monster would come and chew off my arms.  Will he, Cathy? …Will he come here and bite my arms off? – p133

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Review: Bossypants

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Non-Fiction. Published 2011.

Read: August 2011, 277 pages

★★★★☆

Book Blurb:

Tina Fey’s new book Bossypants is short, messy, and impossibly funny.  From her humble roots growing up in Pennsylvania to her days doing amateur improv in Chicago to her early sketches on Saturday Night Live, Fey gives us a fascinating glimpse behind the curtain of modern comedy with equal doses of wit, candor, and self-deprecation.  Some of the funniest chapters feature the differences between male and female comedy writers (“men urinate in cups”), her cruise ship honeymoon (“it’s very Poseidon Adventure“), and advice about breastfeeding (“I had an obligation to my child to pretend to try”).  But the chaos of Fey’s life is best detailed when she’s dividing her efforts equally between rehearsing her Sarah Palin impression, trying to get Oprah to appear on 30 Rock, and planning her daughter’s Peter Pan themed birthday.  Bossypants gets to the heart of why Tina Fey remains universally adored: she embodies the hectic, too-many-things-to-juggle lifestyle we all have, but instead of complaining about it, she can just laugh it off.

Impressions:

I’ve been a Tina Fey fan for a while.  I love her show 30 Rock and her comedy.  I heard great reviews of how funny this book would be so when I needed a few more dollars to get my Amazon cart over twenty five dollars.. I got it.  I’m glad I did; I recommend this book to adults who enjoy comedy and can stomach liberal convictions.

Thoughts:

Tina details her experiences well and always brings you back to a smile through every story and important life event.  She followed her dreams and fell right in to place writing and producing her own show.  I laughed at her self-deprecation and silly scenarios.  I would even call her story inspirational in that she accomplishes her goals through hard work.  She never leaves out a tale about her family and loving husband.  She balances her life with a heap of silliness everyday, something I would like to advocate for!

Quotes:

Dr. Spaceman enters from I.C.U.  His lab coat is covered in blood.  The women all gasp.  ‘What, this?  No, no, I was at a costume party earlier this evening…and the hostess’s dog attacked me so I had to stab it.’ -p18

His exhaustion had given him the the giggles, and he kept poking me and waking me up saying things like, ‘Hey, I gotta ask you one more thing.  Do you like pretzels?’ -p189

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Card: Jeep Birthday

Card Making:

This card was made for someone very sweet. He is a jeeper and loves the outdoors and fishing. It took quite a while to get it all together with stamps and cutouts. I had a really good time making it; I don’t take craft projects too seriously so little mistakes here and there I’m still proud of. My favorite parts are the little reminders of things we have done together like hot air ballooning and watching fireworks. I made sure to add all thirty candles and of course my little bunny at the end. He seemed to appreciate the sentiment and I baked him pecan/peanut butter/milk chocolate morsel cookies too! His response was ‘No ones ever made me anything like this, it must have taken you a long time to make’ along with a smile. A great turnout, see for yourself!

How it turned out:

 

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