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Reviewed by Brenda Casto for Readers' Favorite
With the book "Nothing but Respect" the author Julie-Anne allows readers a close and personal look into her life. She not only shares her triumphs but her tragedies as well. We follow her from being a well-adjusted teen who loved to water ski, an overachiever who was loved by her family to someone who became a victim of rape and spiraled down into self doubt and lost all self respect for herself. As we follow her journey we slowly come to realize that we all deserve nothing less than respect, and watch her become a strong confident woman willing to open herself up and share her story so that she might help others.
This story really piqued my interest from the beginning, but I must say on a few occasions I wavered, wondering how in the world the sexual escapades and the poor relationship choices made by the author would ever inspire me, but I am so glad that I continued reading her story, because by the end of the story the message was loud and clear: we all deserve respect, and no matter what choices we might make in our life, we have to learn to forgive ourselves if we are really ever going to move forward, and the key to true happiness isn't something that we can buy or find in someone else but has to come from within. I have to commend the author for exposing her innermost feelings, and telling them in such a conversational way that not only allowed me to connect with the story, but also feel as if the author was a dear friend by the end of the book. I also found the information that she shared about Fibromyalgia and the pain one suffers from this disease to be very informative. While there were a few minor editing issues for me it didn't detract from the story. Overall, this author bares her heart and soul and in doing so will certainly help others who are going through similar situations. A true victim to victory story that leaves me wishing the author the best, and also wondering where life's journey will take this remarkable person.