Guest Author - Jeanette Stingley
Barbie and Brady's relationship started of beautiful. He was loving, attentive, everything Barbie was looking for. But quickly the abuse begins. I really like how Barbie intertwined the story of the abuse in the past with what she was doing after the abuse. She recounts talking to a man in a bar, women in a shelter, and women in prison. The language the author uses may offend some people but the graphic language used is what was said to her. To recount a tale of domestic violence, you can't hold back what was said. You can feel the emotion of what Barbie was feeling as Brady abused her continuously. The author demonstrates the typical pattern of what abusers and victims go through.
The title itself will catch your eye and make a survivor of abuse shake their head in agreement because it never stops just as this wonderful lady's life reflects! Ms. Durbin is very brave for writing about her story of abuse. It can be painful to relive what has happened to you. Her story flows with ease, she uses language typical of an abusive relationship to get her story to be realistic, and you can feel her heart as she sits with the other characters helping them deal with what they went through.
A victim of domestic violence would benefit from reading this book because you will see how Barbie gets out. This could be an inspiration to someone out there. Even if it only gives you one ounce of strength to leave, it will be worth your time to read it. This book was excellent. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to look into what a domestic violent relationship could be like.