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Reviewed by Alma Boucher for Readers' Favorite
In Fractured: A Memoir by Jenny Brooks, Jenny struggled with loneliness during her childhood and hungered to be embraced and connected to somebody. She was so much younger than her classmates and did not have friends. Jenny was only 11 years old when her grandmother died, and she had never seen her mother so broken by grief. Mr. Castin, her music teacher, told her to come to his classroom to talk about her grandma’s passing. He molested her, and she felt dirty for wanting to fill the void in her. Keeping this horrible secret to herself made her feel more estranged from everyone and the molestation changed the way she learned to survive in life. She believed men just wanted sex and women wanted love and romance.
Fractured: A Memoir by Jenny Brooks is very emotional and cut close to the bone. Her journey was a roller coaster of emotions, and I felt part of it. There is so much happening that there was no time to put the book down. I had to keep on reading. I enjoyed reading her story and it was extremely informative and interesting. The people mentioned were excellently developed, and I could relate to them. Jenny is my favorite; she is a very strong woman and says what she feels without hiding anything. She describes her shame after the molestation and her pain during her medical trauma. The memoir is well written, and Jenny did not shy away from describing her shortcomings and emotions. She even mentioned her low pain threshold and how people saw her as being weak because of this.