This book hooked me almost from the beginning. As a survivor of child abuse, it was difficult to read, but it was well worth it. At times I was angry, at times I was in tears. A very powerful and moving book. I would suggest for a parent to read this prior just to ensure your child can handle such a tough topic. The abuse depicted is both physical and emotional. And there is the word sl*t. I don't give 5 stars easily on books, but this is definitely a 5-star book!