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An empowering memoir of resilience and redemption, and the rage that helped a girl escape the darkness of a harrowing childhood. Born to a violently dysfunctional home in working-class Denmark, Lisbeth Zornig Andersen and her three older brothers were bounced between foster care and state-run institutions, then back again to their chemically dependent mother and sadisti An empowering memoir of resilience and redemption, and the rage that helped a girl escape the darkness of a harrowing childhood. Born to a violently dysfunctional home in working-class Denmark, Lisbeth Zornig Andersen and her three older brothers were bounced between foster care and state-run institutions, then back again to their chemically dependent mother and sadistic stepfather. For Lisbeth, it was a childhood without perimeters. It was blighted by poverty, sexual abuse, neglect, betrayal, and further victimization by the broken Danish social services system that forced Lisbeth to live where and how it saw fit. Coming of age with a myriad of fears and emotional disorders, Lisbeth had three things that would become driving forces in her life: she was extraordinarily bright, extremely willful, and exceptionally angry.From hell to liberation, this is Lisbeth’s emotional and galvanizing memoir told in two voices: that of a young girl who was unwanted, challenged, and defiant, and that of a woman who channeled her rage into a positive force as a passionate advocate for children’s rights. Whatever darkness defines the past, it can be used to change the future. Lisbeth’s heart-wrenching and ultimately uplifting journey is proof.


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An empowering memoir of resilience and redemption, and the rage that helped a girl escape the darkness of a harrowing childhood. Born to a violently dysfunctional home in working-class Denmark, Lisbeth Zornig Andersen and her three older brothers were bounced between foster care and state-run institutions, then back again to their chemically dependent mother and sadisti An empowering memoir of resilience and redemption, and the rage that helped a girl escape the darkness of a harrowing childhood. Born to a violently dysfunctional home in working-class Denmark, Lisbeth Zornig Andersen and her three older brothers were bounced between foster care and state-run institutions, then back again to their chemically dependent mother and sadistic stepfather. For Lisbeth, it was a childhood without perimeters. It was blighted by poverty, sexual abuse, neglect, betrayal, and further victimization by the broken Danish social services system that forced Lisbeth to live where and how it saw fit. Coming of age with a myriad of fears and emotional disorders, Lisbeth had three things that would become driving forces in her life: she was extraordinarily bright, extremely willful, and exceptionally angry.From hell to liberation, this is Lisbeth’s emotional and galvanizing memoir told in two voices: that of a young girl who was unwanted, challenged, and defiant, and that of a woman who channeled her rage into a positive force as a passionate advocate for children’s rights. Whatever darkness defines the past, it can be used to change the future. Lisbeth’s heart-wrenching and ultimately uplifting journey is proof.

30 review for Anger Is My Middle Name: A Memoir

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    I honestly don't even feel right about writing a review regarding something that was so incredibly heartbreaking. This memoir will rip your heart out and stomp on it. I can't even begin to put into words how devastating this read was. Thank you Lisbeth for being brave and sharing your story with us. I can't not even begin to fathom what you went through. Thank you to NetGalley and Amazoncrossing for my review copy. I honestly don't even feel right about writing a review regarding something that was so incredibly heartbreaking. This memoir will rip your heart out and stomp on it. I can't even begin to put into words how devastating this read was. Thank you Lisbeth for being brave and sharing your story with us. I can't not even begin to fathom what you went through. Thank you to NetGalley and Amazoncrossing for my review copy.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany

    I received an ARC of Anger is my Middle Name by Lisbeth Zornig Andersen translated by Mark Mussari. This is Lisbeth's memoir of growing up in Denmark in a very dysfunctional household, dealing with neglect, sexual abuse, and physical violence. Her story was difficult to read for two reasons, the first because the content was hard to stomach. The people in her life who were suppose to protect her were the ones either putting her in harm's way or directly hurting her. Immediately, I bonded with he I received an ARC of Anger is my Middle Name by Lisbeth Zornig Andersen translated by Mark Mussari. This is Lisbeth's memoir of growing up in Denmark in a very dysfunctional household, dealing with neglect, sexual abuse, and physical violence. Her story was difficult to read for two reasons, the first because the content was hard to stomach. The people in her life who were suppose to protect her were the ones either putting her in harm's way or directly hurting her. Immediately, I bonded with her and felt protective of her. The other reason this book was difficult to read was the uneven narrative structure. I'm not sure if it was a translation issue but several times I would need to reread sections to try to understand what I had read. Additionally she would bring up people she had only briefly mentioned earlier without reminding the reader who they were, which I found confusing. Lastly, I found as a reader not familiar with Danish institutions, I needed a little more information. She tells us she is put in an orphanage. (Both of her parents are alive but they are neglectful so this seems the best option.) Later she mentions she is embarrassed at the orphanage because they are hosting Parent's Day and all the parents show up except hers. I need more understanding as to how Danish orphanages work. Why are all the parents showing up? Why are they putting their children in the orphanages if they are capable of showing up? I need background information. This is just one tangent but there were a few times I was confused. Her story is dark. It reminded me thematically to The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls or Educated by Tara Westover but overall the writing was a bit clunky. I gave it 3 stars. This book will be published March 1, 2020. Thanks to Netgalley for my ARC

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    Anger Is My Middle Name is a heart-wrenching, disturbing, and raw memoir about a girl who has experienced so much, and has shown immense bravery and courage to share her story with the world. She does this to educate others; to encourage people to speak up; to help people recognize the signs of someone else who may be going through it and may not be able to speak up themselves. Abuse is a horrible act that haunts victims in so many ways, and though it is so hard to read about, it is also so impo Anger Is My Middle Name is a heart-wrenching, disturbing, and raw memoir about a girl who has experienced so much, and has shown immense bravery and courage to share her story with the world. She does this to educate others; to encourage people to speak up; to help people recognize the signs of someone else who may be going through it and may not be able to speak up themselves. Abuse is a horrible act that haunts victims in so many ways, and though it is so hard to read about, it is also so important for people to be aware of, be familiar with, or even be able to relate to and know that there are others out there experiencing the same thing and who may now know the signs they should be aware of and be able to reach out for help. Rating memoirs has always been something I don’t really agree with or like doing, but, in this case, it was easy to do. I think the author did a fantastic job depicting her vivid and emotional past with us, using a writing style that really captured the pain and history well.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lili

    Moving It's always difficult to review a memoir like this one, one certainly can't say "I thoroughly enjoyed this book about a hellish childhood" but, as a fellow survivor, I felt touched and less alone by hearing her story. Moving It's always difficult to review a memoir like this one, one certainly can't say "I thoroughly enjoyed this book about a hellish childhood" but, as a fellow survivor, I felt touched and less alone by hearing her story.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lindvall

    Well, can you really rate a person's life? :-S Well, can you really rate a person's life? :-S

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    TW: abuse, neglect, childhood & adolescent sexual assault, rape This was a really interesting memoir about Lisbeth's life and how it has shaped her into the person she is today. She discusses what has happened to her in a matter of fact way and explains how each thing shaped her behaviour. She explains anger as a feeling as well as a behaviour. She doesn't use her trauma as an "excuse" but as an insight into how other people not knowing or understanding can change their perception about what she i TW: abuse, neglect, childhood & adolescent sexual assault, rape This was a really interesting memoir about Lisbeth's life and how it has shaped her into the person she is today. She discusses what has happened to her in a matter of fact way and explains how each thing shaped her behaviour. She explains anger as a feeling as well as a behaviour. She doesn't use her trauma as an "excuse" but as an insight into how other people not knowing or understanding can change their perception about what she is like. It is a non-judgemental account with not a lot of emotion. It seems factual, almost clinical and I think that this is deliberate to ensure that you listen to her story.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Long

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing this book in exchange for an honest review. I had a hard time getting into this book, I think because of how the translation worked, but once I did, it held my attention. Often it is hard to read because of the neglect and abuse she and her family experienced. At times it was uplifting to see the people who truly cared about her. Overall, this is a sad memoir but something that needs to be known so these children and adults get the help they Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing this book in exchange for an honest review. I had a hard time getting into this book, I think because of how the translation worked, but once I did, it held my attention. Often it is hard to read because of the neglect and abuse she and her family experienced. At times it was uplifting to see the people who truly cared about her. Overall, this is a sad memoir but something that needs to be known so these children and adults get the help they need and deserve.

  8. 5 out of 5

    ileen lowery

    Shock It’s rather difficult to understand how a small child can go through so much and yet be clever enough to hide her inner most fears and still surface as a well educated adult and help her own children to become rounded individuals surround by love and determinative - lots of evil to overcome and adherent behaviour such a fantastic read although upsetting and very difficult to believe

  9. 4 out of 5

    Signe

    This is a difficult read as this is the recollection of a childhood of mental, physical, sexual abuse combined with fairly severe neglect mainly due to her mother's relational instability, generational poverty and alcohol abuse. I had nearly decided to not read it as it came in on inter-library loan, then the corona lockdown happened and the book sat for three months at the local branch. It was finally made available yesterday, and I found that once I started reading it was difficult to put down This is a difficult read as this is the recollection of a childhood of mental, physical, sexual abuse combined with fairly severe neglect mainly due to her mother's relational instability, generational poverty and alcohol abuse. I had nearly decided to not read it as it came in on inter-library loan, then the corona lockdown happened and the book sat for three months at the local branch. It was finally made available yesterday, and I found that once I started reading it was difficult to put down and forget. Lisbeth explains early on that the word "Zornig" is a family surname that was placed as her middle name. The word in German means anger. And she is fairly angry as she survives episode after episode of abuse and betrayal from the adults in her life. This book is not intended to simply recount her childhood, it is meant to educate people on what it is like to grow up in an abusive, neglectful environment. Thank you to Amazon Crossing for making this work available to English language readers. Lisbeth survives her childhood, but does develop many of the physical markers of childhood trauma, one of the main ones being intestinal and immune issues. Some of her quirks remain with her, perfectionism, fear of failure, at times people pleasing, at others having inordinate anger over certain triggering comments or changes in schedule. She relates the side effects of trauma and abuse with refreshing candor and honesty. As an adult who managed to graduate high school then college, she is asked to chair Denmark's National Council for Children. She worked to help her nation align with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which all UN members have ratified with the exception of the United States. The book opens with a section from the Convention on the Rights of the Child: Article 19 1.States Parties shall take all appropriate legislative, administrative, social and educational measures to protect the child from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse, while in the care of parent(s), legal guardian(s) or any other person who has the care of the child. Because of this opportunity to help others, Lisbeth's memoir is vested in learning what she can from her experience and share those insights in order to help others in similar situations. She has a brief sketch at the close of the memoir of her top suggestions on how to best help abused and neglected children to give them a chance in life. She has been remarkably successful in her career and what passes as family life in this era of serial relationships. Understandably, traumatized people can have difficulty maintaining long term relationships and developing close relationships with others. Her siblings, three brothers, did not fare as well. She can identify what made the difference in her life that gave her the opportunity to become far more than her early upbringing would indicate. Lisbeth does comment that she is not able to forgive her mother, but as a reader with a great deal of empathy and as a co-sufferer in childhood horror, I do hope she will continue to work on that. It is very healing and freeing to forgive. That is where peace is found, in basic Christian practices she had as a child then later abandoned as life became so overwhelmingly awful.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    “A lovely summer memory of a time when my brothers were protecting me, but also a memory of a childhood without the boundaries every child needs. A childhood characterized for many years by betrayal, violence, and sexual assault, all of which formed the person I am today.” This was a very difficult book to read but I enjoyed reading about the life and trauma that the author experienced. While this was not an easy read,it was a great book but to read if you want to understand the severity of abuse “A lovely summer memory of a time when my brothers were protecting me, but also a memory of a childhood without the boundaries every child needs. A childhood characterized for many years by betrayal, violence, and sexual assault, all of which formed the person I am today.” This was a very difficult book to read but I enjoyed reading about the life and trauma that the author experienced. While this was not an easy read,it was a great book but to read if you want to understand the severity of abuse. Abuse is not just physical but it is also mental which can disturb someone psychological state. The pictures accompanied was a nice touch,this was an amazing book that will touch the lives of many. It was devastating to read through all the turmoil but there were many highlights such as the sibling bond and escaping from the trauma that was experienced. I will recommend this book to anyone,it was a sad but resilient memoir.

  11. 4 out of 5

    William (Bill) Fluke

    If you liked “Educated” by Westover or “Etched in Sand” , you will probably enjoy this - often tough to read- memoir of a tragic childhood. The author’s emergence from such a neglected upbringing is impressive yet she leaves no doubts of the tremendous scars she still carries as well as the effects it had on her siblings. The first time I believe I have read a translated into English book and it was not complicated or awkward due to such translation. Must advise that parts of Lisbeth’s telling a If you liked “Educated” by Westover or “Etched in Sand” , you will probably enjoy this - often tough to read- memoir of a tragic childhood. The author’s emergence from such a neglected upbringing is impressive yet she leaves no doubts of the tremendous scars she still carries as well as the effects it had on her siblings. The first time I believe I have read a translated into English book and it was not complicated or awkward due to such translation. Must advise that parts of Lisbeth’s telling are quite graphic and could be uncomfortable to some.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte Knott

    Lisbeth's story is so harrowing to read, but to see how she was able to begin challenging her past and using her experience to help other children is really inspiring. It's amazing how her outlook could change once she finally had the right support from the adults around her, but it's also a very raw example of the long-term effects these patterns of abuse can have. It's a heartbreaking story, but one where it's so important to learn the lessons from Lisbeth's experiences. Lisbeth's story is so harrowing to read, but to see how she was able to begin challenging her past and using her experience to help other children is really inspiring. It's amazing how her outlook could change once she finally had the right support from the adults around her, but it's also a very raw example of the long-term effects these patterns of abuse can have. It's a heartbreaking story, but one where it's so important to learn the lessons from Lisbeth's experiences.

  13. 4 out of 5

    katie

    Good read Really tragic story,written by a brave soul who reminded me in parts of myself and my childhood. Great read ,thank you x

  14. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Siddoway

    I gave this 4 stars on account of the bravery of the author in coming forward to tell her story. She does so in such a matter of fact way, that for me, it lost some of the emotional resonance that you could feel was underlying it, but somehow was never evoked on the page. I usually steer away from the misery memoir genre, but I felt that Lisbeth here had something worthwhile to say, and the real power in her story is that fact that she overcame so much neglect and abuse to achieve a great educat I gave this 4 stars on account of the bravery of the author in coming forward to tell her story. She does so in such a matter of fact way, that for me, it lost some of the emotional resonance that you could feel was underlying it, but somehow was never evoked on the page. I usually steer away from the misery memoir genre, but I felt that Lisbeth here had something worthwhile to say, and the real power in her story is that fact that she overcame so much neglect and abuse to achieve a great education and pave her way in the world while trying to help others. Her story shows that for these children, who all too often slip through the cracks, education and some real adult empathy and attention can achieve much.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Bower

    Really hard to read. An important story to be told.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kennedy

    What a fantastic, heart wrenching book. It hurt me so much reading about what the author went through during her childhood. I think this book did a great job of showing some of the errors in orphanages and what makes a decent household, even for children in the foster system. Brilliant.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Pam S

    Lisbeth Zornig Anderson’s blisteringly raw new memoir about growing up poor and (mostly) parent-less in Denmark during the nineteen seventies and eighties is a study in perseverance. Translated from the Danish in smooth prose that belies the nature of what the words describe, this is an incredible story. Trigger Warning: If you are easily upset by reading anything having to do with emotional abuse, rape, child abuse, incest, sexual assault, or domestic violence; just walk away now. If, however, Lisbeth Zornig Anderson’s blisteringly raw new memoir about growing up poor and (mostly) parent-less in Denmark during the nineteen seventies and eighties is a study in perseverance. Translated from the Danish in smooth prose that belies the nature of what the words describe, this is an incredible story. Trigger Warning: If you are easily upset by reading anything having to do with emotional abuse, rape, child abuse, incest, sexual assault, or domestic violence; just walk away now. If, however, you have a high tolerance for frank depictions of brutality, you will ultimately be rewarded, for there is both hope and horror here. I am of the mind that sometimes we need to see the ugliness laid bare in order to truly appreciate the beauty in all its glory; this book delivers on both counts. Anderson’s triumph over adversity is told through some stunning writing, gifting her readers with the ability to feel almost as if they were right there beside her without having to suffer the fallout. I read a lot of memoirs, usually about a dozen or so per year, and this one was a definite stand out for the sheer volume of abuse that is described in almost casual detail; as if the amount of violence visited upon the author was somehow seen as almost a matter of course. This is perhaps more disturbing in itself than the relentless parade of bad people who wander in and out of Anderson’s life as if through a revolving door of horrors. The only book I can think of that even comes close is Tara Westover’s Educated, similar in its depiction of how having to endure hardship can both repress and motivate, often in equal measure. The well-wrought descriptions of abject poverty and deprivation in rural Denmark were eye opening at best, disheartening at worst. To say that Anderson overcame the adversity of her origins is an understatement of epic proportions; after finishing this book, I was honestly amazed that she made it to adulthood. It is a sign of her strength of will and character that she not only survived, but eventually thrived. Highly recommended, if you can handle it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Geter

    I've decided that when it comes to memoirs i won't give star reviews anymore. I just feel like I can't rate a book about someone's life with stars. It seems to degrade their experience. With that being said this memoir was a lot of things. It was deep, it was heartbreaking, it was REAL. Lizbeth's childhood upbringing was one of violence, sexual abuse, confusion, anger and loss. Everytime I read about someone in her life who was supposed to help her but instead left her, I was enraged. How could a I've decided that when it comes to memoirs i won't give star reviews anymore. I just feel like I can't rate a book about someone's life with stars. It seems to degrade their experience. With that being said this memoir was a lot of things. It was deep, it was heartbreaking, it was REAL. Lizbeth's childhood upbringing was one of violence, sexual abuse, confusion, anger and loss. Everytime I read about someone in her life who was supposed to help her but instead left her, I was enraged. How could a parent let their child be abused and treated the way she was? How could someone be so self absorbed that they couldn't seem to care how badly their child was hurting? As someone who grew up being physically abused by my own father, (and sexually abused by other men) I was able to relate with Lisbeth strongly. The anger she felt, the self destructive path she was on, the way she kept running to her mother hoping for protection and feeling distraught every time her mother failed her, was so real for me. I applaud the author for being brave enough to write about her story, and the adults that came into her life and fought for her so she could be as successful as she is today. I admore the author's strength and this book has cemented my desire to be a social worker and actually pay attention to neglected and abused children. And to be the best mother to my son that I can be. I loved reading about how much the author adores her own children and showers them in affection and protection.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    "My children have asked me several times why they aren't named Zornig like me. I tell them I didn't want to pass on the legacy of that name. I needed that name: I had to use that anger to liberate myself for my own personal inheritance. Born into light and love my children don't need that anger." • Thoughts~ A memoir of grit, resilience and inspiration! • Lisbeth Zornig Andersen works as an advocate for children's rights, something she is very qualified to do considering the childhood she had. Born i "My children have asked me several times why they aren't named Zornig like me. I tell them I didn't want to pass on the legacy of that name. I needed that name: I had to use that anger to liberate myself for my own personal inheritance. Born into light and love my children don't need that anger." • Thoughts~ A memoir of grit, resilience and inspiration! • Lisbeth Zornig Andersen works as an advocate for children's rights, something she is very qualified to do considering the childhood she had. Born in Denmark, into a dysfunctional and violent home, her and her brothers were in and out of foster care and institutions, lived in poverty, suffered sexually abuse, betrayal, and neglect. • Andersen paints a vivid picture of her hellish upbringing. She courageously published her harrowing story to educate people. Encourage others to see the signs of child suffering and speak up for thoes that cannot speak up for themselves, as she couldn't have as a child. • This is an emotional, heartbreaking, hard read but I appreciate Andersen's motives for putting her story out there. It would be strange to say I enjoyed this book in the traditional sense but it was a well written memoir and I'm glad I had the chance to read it. • Thank You to the publisher for sending me this book opinions are my own. • For more of my book content check out instagram.com/bookalong

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tonyalee

    *I received a copy of the audiobook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinions or content of my review TW: Mental abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, rape How do you even rate and review a momoir? Going inside the life of a child that was sexually, mentally, and emotionally abused is never easy. It breaks my heart and just hurts me more than you would imagine. Yet, these stories need to be told and need to be heard. I'm glad she is so open about her c *I received a copy of the audiobook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinions or content of my review TW: Mental abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, rape How do you even rate and review a momoir? Going inside the life of a child that was sexually, mentally, and emotionally abused is never easy. It breaks my heart and just hurts me more than you would imagine. Yet, these stories need to be told and need to be heard. I'm glad she is so open about her childhood and struggles, and able to speak about it and helps others. What I appreciate about how this memoir was written, is that she is very open about how she currently struggles and owns up to the things that she could have done differently in her life, even now. Yes, her childhood and what happened to her was the foundation for the mold for who she is, but she isn't letting it hold her back. Also, how she has found that Anger was her motivator. Anger can be, and usually is, a terrible motivator in life but she channeled it to be BETTER. I would love to learn more about Lisbeth, because after Googling her (like a weirdo) I see that she is has made headlines. If you are looking for an uplifting story of how to overcome the worst, then read this.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Asha Greye

    Interesting story of a troubled Nordic Childhood As an American I am an avid lover of memoirs written by non-Americans. I enjoy reading what life is like outside of my homeland. I also sometimes struggle to put what I read into context. What was immediately clear is that some things are the same everywhere while others are unique to certain counties. What Ms. Andersen describes as failures of Danish social services to adequately care for her as a vulnerable child seem like an idyllic dream to any Interesting story of a troubled Nordic Childhood As an American I am an avid lover of memoirs written by non-Americans. I enjoy reading what life is like outside of my homeland. I also sometimes struggle to put what I read into context. What was immediately clear is that some things are the same everywhere while others are unique to certain counties. What Ms. Andersen describes as failures of Danish social services to adequately care for her as a vulnerable child seem like an idyllic dream to anyone with knowledge of the American foster care system. On the other hand one cannot help but wonder why the Danish police never took seriously a single incident of gross sexual abuse or domestic violence and why an obviously neglected young girl had to essentially rescue herself by calling the local authorities to request her own removal from home. This was a mind boggling and intensely frustrating read. I hoped for more depth to help someone who hasn't the slightest idea how Danish society and institutions work understand the context of the author's childhood, but I was satisfied with the book overall. It's amazing what some people can endure as children and still turn out to be decent functional adults.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ninaminacat

    A brave, important, inspiring book This eloquently written (and well translated) memoir is not an easy read because of the subject matter - though I have no doubt the writing process was considerably more painful, so all credit to Lisbeth Zornig Andersen for undertaking the project. For all the difficulty of its contents, it is inspiring to see how Lisbeth, with appropriate help and support, learned how to succeed academically, socially and professionally - even to the extent of being able to use A brave, important, inspiring book This eloquently written (and well translated) memoir is not an easy read because of the subject matter - though I have no doubt the writing process was considerably more painful, so all credit to Lisbeth Zornig Andersen for undertaking the project. For all the difficulty of its contents, it is inspiring to see how Lisbeth, with appropriate help and support, learned how to succeed academically, socially and professionally - even to the extent of being able to use her own experiences to help other young sufferers of abuse and neglect. The book allows her to reach further victims in Denmark and beyond, firstly by demonstrating by example to victims that a life begun in abuse and /or neglect can ultimately be a successful one and secondly by helping those working with children and young people to spot the signs of abuse and act on them. A very worthwhile read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Debbi

    I was given a copy of this book to review it. I had a hard time getting into the book. I know it is her memories of what happened and I wasn't there. I had to force myself to continue reading at times. I enjoyed the writing, when she was telling of her childhood, she wrote as a child, and as she aged in the book, her writing "aged" or became more adult. I found a lot of the content disturbing, but that was the life she led. Things happened to her a child and how she dealt with those and overcame I was given a copy of this book to review it. I had a hard time getting into the book. I know it is her memories of what happened and I wasn't there. I had to force myself to continue reading at times. I enjoyed the writing, when she was telling of her childhood, she wrote as a child, and as she aged in the book, her writing "aged" or became more adult. I found a lot of the content disturbing, but that was the life she led. Things happened to her a child and how she dealt with those and overcame some of them is interesting. Her own insight into why she did what she did, acted like she did is the best part of the book. I do think it ended to quickly, there should have been more about her life as an adult, one chapter is all she included on her three marriages, and children. I would have liked more about that, and maybe a little less detail about some of the events of her childhood.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Anna Maria

    This was a very well written book about Lisbeth's life. It was not a 'Feel sorry for me book', or a 'Chip on my shoulder book'. I found it extremely interesting how candid she was about her young teenager years. I love the fact that because she had the right people/support, with Lisbeth eager to learn she done extremely well at school and exams. She has done an amazing amount with her life , is a Mum to 5 well adjusted children. The only minus I found was that she has had a lot of marriages, she This was a very well written book about Lisbeth's life. It was not a 'Feel sorry for me book', or a 'Chip on my shoulder book'. I found it extremely interesting how candid she was about her young teenager years. I love the fact that because she had the right people/support, with Lisbeth eager to learn she done extremely well at school and exams. She has done an amazing amount with her life , is a Mum to 5 well adjusted children. The only minus I found was that she has had a lot of marriages, she seems to 'tire' of them after a certain time. I would imagine if you had led a life like her, with the awful bad weak men her Mum chose, I can imagine Lisbeth would have a very low tolerance rate to any man who bores her. She has a great mind, she can look after herself, and her kids with her great career so men would probably not rate very high on her 'needs' list. A really great book. I recommend this book 100%. Have a great life Lisbeth you have done wonders.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Walter Van praag

    Great read! As Lisbeth starts the book fast paced it is easy to get absorbed into the story without getting lost in detail. She focuses on her main characters which means it is easier to remember who is who despite the clearly foreign Danish names which have the potential to become confusing for English speakers. Lisbeth's story squarely places you in the shoes of a young innocent abused child brought up in a totally dysfunctional family. It makes you begin to understand how unspeakable experienc Great read! As Lisbeth starts the book fast paced it is easy to get absorbed into the story without getting lost in detail. She focuses on her main characters which means it is easier to remember who is who despite the clearly foreign Danish names which have the potential to become confusing for English speakers. Lisbeth's story squarely places you in the shoes of a young innocent abused child brought up in a totally dysfunctional family. It makes you begin to understand how unspeakable experiences happen in seemingly casual noneventful ways but of course add up to produce a very scarred adult who is lucky to survive the ordeals. Many kids in her situation do not end up writing about it, let alone live through it all. Well worth reading!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mrs Sarah Smith

    Powerful, compelling, heartbreaking and uplifting.. Although at time’s difficult to read, this true story was compelling from the first words. I read the book in one sitting. As someone who can relate to some of the content I found the way in which Lisbeth overcame such adversity really heartening. There is a depth of self awareness here that shows that despite truly appalling circumstances there is always hope. I fundamentally agree that children need to be heard, no matter how uncomfortable or d Powerful, compelling, heartbreaking and uplifting.. Although at time’s difficult to read, this true story was compelling from the first words. I read the book in one sitting. As someone who can relate to some of the content I found the way in which Lisbeth overcame such adversity really heartening. There is a depth of self awareness here that shows that despite truly appalling circumstances there is always hope. I fundamentally agree that children need to be heard, no matter how uncomfortable or difficult the subject, it really is a vital step in them realising that they matter.

  27. 5 out of 5

    ElizrdbthSpeaks

    Goodreads giveaway win, out in KU and you can listen as well. moving. memoirs are hard to review, u are not the one living the life you are just the one who is listen to what happened... u can sympathize, try to understand, be glad it was not you in those footsteps. be amazed that they made it to the other side? thankful. so many emotions. it is a draining book. wow! ((side note: for some this may be a trigger warning, i think that is the wording ... i grew up in an era where that was not a thin Goodreads giveaway win, out in KU and you can listen as well. moving. memoirs are hard to review, u are not the one living the life you are just the one who is listen to what happened... u can sympathize, try to understand, be glad it was not you in those footsteps. be amazed that they made it to the other side? thankful. so many emotions. it is a draining book. wow! ((side note: for some this may be a trigger warning, i think that is the wording ... i grew up in an era where that was not a thing ... u watch or read whatever, u might be changed by the words but you didn't internalize it and make it affect you??!))

  28. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    TW: physical and sexual abuse. This book is a heartbreaking but empowering memoir of this lady's childhood about how her anger helped her to break the cycle and become the children's ombudsman in Denmark to help other children who experienced the same horrific childhood like she did. She experienced so much abuse both physical and sexual throughout her young life from all walks within her life and as well as being harrowing and such a hard read it is so inspiring to read how she changed her life TW: physical and sexual abuse. This book is a heartbreaking but empowering memoir of this lady's childhood about how her anger helped her to break the cycle and become the children's ombudsman in Denmark to help other children who experienced the same horrific childhood like she did. She experienced so much abuse both physical and sexual throughout her young life from all walks within her life and as well as being harrowing and such a hard read it is so inspiring to read how she changed her life around. I dropped it a star because it is translated from Swedish and it isn't the best translation so it can be hard to follow.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Nicky

    An amazingly strong willed lady with such a muddled childhood of trauma & abuse.. Half the battle I'm told is recognising the faults in your upbringing & dealing with them & understanding you were not at fault! I've struggled with very similar things throughout childhood & only now am I beginning to receive help & support.. You were very unfortunate in not receiving the immediate help & support but had to keep returning to the site of great stress & upheaval of which I truly hope is improved now An amazingly strong willed lady with such a muddled childhood of trauma & abuse.. Half the battle I'm told is recognising the faults in your upbringing & dealing with them & understanding you were not at fault! I've struggled with very similar things throughout childhood & only now am I beginning to receive help & support.. You were very unfortunate in not receiving the immediate help & support but had to keep returning to the site of great stress & upheaval of which I truly hope is improved now for other children in danger. Stay strong & true to yourself! X

  30. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Cruz

    Heart wrenching, honest and raw. It had to be hatd to reveal the shitty childhood this poor lady had. Think of all the untold stories. I enjoyed this book for the interesting story it is. But it was upsetting to see a lot of incidents repeated over and over. But over all I liked it because its a true story which I find more enjoyable than fiction. Nothing is better than real life. Just goes to show how screwed up some people are. A very sad story but she survived and became a well educated perso Heart wrenching, honest and raw. It had to be hatd to reveal the shitty childhood this poor lady had. Think of all the untold stories. I enjoyed this book for the interesting story it is. But it was upsetting to see a lot of incidents repeated over and over. But over all I liked it because its a true story which I find more enjoyable than fiction. Nothing is better than real life. Just goes to show how screwed up some people are. A very sad story but she survived and became a well educated person and great parent. I just love happy endings

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