The rarest of rare gems…
on November 1, 2017
Every now and then we stumble amongst a rare gem; that is full of boundless words, life changing lessons, moving and emotional, gut wrenching accurate accounts of living with a disease that is so difficult, and so much more… This beautiful and tragic story is one of those rare gems. I really took a day to think on this one before writing my review. This book left me in tears and a bit shaken for so many reasons, both personal and because I simply wanted to reach in and help Jessie so, so, so, many times, and I couldn’t I was helpless. And I have been there, as a person who has suffered depression and a person who has been one who has wanted to help a child suffering abuse and have been caught up with legal b.s. with state laws and more. IT IS HARD, ALL OF IT! I love that Jessica Aiken-Hall so beautifully, and honestly, and I mean she really does not hold back so please be aware there may be some triggers in this book for some readers, just pours out the whole truth. She holds nothing back. I can’t even begin to imagine what that took to sit down and write that all out and then publish that into a book. What I can say though is I am grateful. I know it was healing for me as a reader. I will be purchasing more copies and giving them out to family this that I know will benefit from it as well. Depression is not a subject that we talk about enough openly and she so brazenly shares her battle and her mother’s, it really was an eye opener. I can’t say enough good things about this book. Just stock up the box of Kleenex’s and grab a blanket, I can promise you won’t want to put it down till you know how she gets from the very beginning of life to where she is now. And it is one hell of a journey.
on November 30, 2017
This is a hard review to write. On one hand, giving 5 stars is the easiest to do but on the other hand I feel that giving stars to a memoir as powerful as this one, doesn’t fit. I have honestly never read anything so poignant, so raw and heartbreaking. So many times I wanted to reach out to Jess and did hold my own kids that bit tighter in my arms. An amazing book, fantastically written and such an eye opener to real live out there. Definitely recommend it!!! Definitely!
on November 16, 2017
An inspiring testament to the resiliency of the human spirit! Without the author’s explicit sharing of intimate details of the horrifying effects on her of both “love withheld” and “love given and abused”, we could not really put ourself in her shoes – which this book accomplishes with excellence. From the first pages you will find yourself rooting for “our heroine”, alas, much to no avail through the majority of the book. With respect to the author’s purpose for the ending’s effect, I will only say that the last part of the book contains lessons for us all. NOTE: This should be mandatory reading for anyone out there seriously questioning whether or not they have what it takes to be a parent!
on November 2, 2017
This is one heart-opening memoir. I was taken in from the very first paragraph and was heard pressed to set the book down. Ms Aiken-Hall takes you on her own personal journey of heartache, sorrow, despair, revival, and triumph. I could not believe how fast this book went for me, however, I would like to caution the soft-hearted. Many times I found myself in tears, while at the same time, cheering for Ms Aiken-Hall. I happily grant this book 5 out of 5 stars. This is a book that will surprise you. If you like memoirs, you will thoroughly enjoy this.
5 stars A Must Read!!!
on November 2, 2017
The Monster That Ate My Mommy by Jessica Aiken-Hall
5 Awesomely Amazing Heartbreaking Stars
I am an avid reader and have read since I was very young, I’m not so young anymore and can confidently say I’ve read more books in my lifetime than most normal readers that read for pleasure. I without even a second thought can say that there is not another book I’ve read that has touched me the way this book has. This author has taken a heartbreaking story and filled it with so much courage and hope making me feel so many emotions while reading it that I’ve had to take a few hours to sit and get my thoughts together before being able to even think of writing this review.
I am in complete awe of this author. The strength and courage it had to have taken to write this and while writing having to relive it all is far beyond my thought process. What is also beyond what I can imagine is that this is real, and is happening right now all over the world, this author proves that it can be happening right next door to us and we have no clue.
She is a brave survivor. Ive wanted to meet many authors in person but never as much as I’d love to meet this one if only to lay my eyes on such strength and beauty. I absolutely loved how this book was written, the words formed her emotions even when those emotions were hard to feel.
I truly just don’t know what else to say, reviewing this book feels wrong because this wasn’t just a book, this was a life put into words brilliantly!! I will recommend to every person I know that they read this story!!
Have followed this author and will one click anything and everything.
on October 2, 2017
The Monster That Ate My Mommy
By: Jessica Aiken-Hall
5 out of 5 stars
The memoir The Monster That Ate My Mommy by Jessica Aiken-Hall is a powerful book that I had a hard time putting down. It grabbed my attention from the first chapter and held it all the way through. The book starts out with the author’s birth and continues on from there. I thought about the story long after I had finished reading it. There are so many different emotions that I felt when reading this book. There are times when the described events caused me to feel anger or frustration. There are some parts of this book that were hard to read. Then there are parts which involve a certain individual in the author’s life that are heartwarming. This is a story that had me in tears but also had me smiling. I admire the author’s courage and strength to tell her story so that others like myself can read about it. This is a book that I found inspiring and am glad that I choose to read it. This is the first book I have read by the author and look forward to reading other books that she writes in the future. This book does include sensitive subject matters which could be hard or uncomfortable to read by some. I would recommend this book for those over the age of 18 only.