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In Ruthless Pamela Jean by Carol D. Mitchell, Pamela Jean Metcalf’s appearance made her the target of relentless bullying as far back as she could remember. Let down by her mother who was either too ignorant or weak to stop the continuous torture, Pamela decided she could only rely on herself. At the age of eight, Pamela would discover a fictional character by the name of Iceberg Slim and that would change her perspective on everything. Although the violence and taunts continued, Pamela had already turned her anger inward so nothing or nobody could hurt her again. By the time Pamela was seventeen and set ablaze inside a tunnel, she had already become the emotionally hardened woman who was determined to make a success of her life. Pamela would turn her fury into determination to survive and thrive against any odds. Follow her journey as Pamela rises like a phoenix from the ashes to become the ruthless head of P.J. Corporation, an escort agency, where men would become a lucrative commodity in Pamela’s newfound success and power would also become her weapon to finally get her revenge on those who celebrated in her pain and sadness. Welcome to the dark side of the male escort business, where blackmail, sex tapes, betrayal, and revenge are just a normal day in the office.
The contents of Ruthless Pamela Jean by Carol D. Mitchell are extremely realistic and, at times, very emotional to read. I thought Pamela was a tremendously complex character with so many complicated layers to her personality. Her values and morals were completely distorted, a result of not dealing with her childhood traumas. On one hand, she wanted to be the savior for the abused and neglected but, on the other hand, she was a callous and ruthless businesswoman with no sense of remorse or empathy. Her relationship with her mother was beautiful and they shared some very heartwarming moments together. Pamela never held any resentment toward her mother or held her character flaws against her, which was an extremely admirable characteristic. Pamela could also be very tender and this was visible in her relationships with Marla and Jonah. The tunnel scene was brutal but Pamela's reaction was really empowering to anyone who has become the victim of bullying. I also found Pamela's verbal reaction toward her psychiatrist very witty and sharp and this brought a welcome break from the horror of her attack. The dialogue was exceptional and truly authentic for the personalities of the characters. The scene at the end between Marla and Pamela was particularly poignant and emotionally powerful. There are also important life lessons throughout the storyline that highlight the importance of dealing with any childhood trauma, embracing your uniqueness, and being mindful that the need for power and success should not cloud your judgment or morals.