Nothing but Respect

A True Victim to Victory Story

Non-Fiction - Motivational
228 Pages
Reviewed on 03/07/2012
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Author Biography

Julie-Anne grew up on the South side of Milwaukee with four older brothers and parents who completely doted on her. Despite the fact that she began performing in water-ski shows at age 6 and won her first State Trick Skiing Title at age 10, she generally considered herself a normal kid. As far as she was concerned, she’d lived the idyllic childhood.

At seventeen, Julie-Anne suffered her first major tragedy. She would spend the next twenty years appearing happy and successful on the outside while carrying a “secret life of shame” along with PTSD hidden beneath the surface. After many bad choices and more tragedies than any one person should face, Julie-Anne finally learned to face her demons head on. Her story is one of a woman learning to re-frame the past, see the blessings of the present, and look forward to the possibilities of the future.

    Book Review

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.

Gloria Antypowich

This is the story of a child who loses her 'child hood' when she is thrust into a world of adult competition. As a child, she is always too young to “fit in” and is left out of the camaraderie shared by her older fellow competitors. As she grows into adolescence, her desire for recognition and attention leads to unhealthy choices. She grows into a brilliant young woman who has learned to face challenges head on, becoming successful at anything she puts her mind to; but alas, her material success does not satisfy the emotional void and she is constantly shadowed by depression.

I really enjoyed the reality of this journey through the fast-paced life that started Julie Ann’s downward spiral, followed by her struggle to rise up, conquer and find peace within. Depression is a common occurrence in today's world and the seeds at the root of it could be innocently sown in childhood. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is suffering from depression, or knows someone who is. It offers a message of hope from someone who has faced that darkness.