Said I Wasn't Gonna Tell Nobody…But I Couldn't Keep It to Myself

Non-Fiction - Autobiography
104 Pages
Reviewed on 06/13/2013
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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

“Said I Wasn’t Gonna Tell Nobody” by Jestine Trusty is a tale that will bring tears to the readers' eyes. Tina was raised in the tiny town of Sheldon, South Carolina. Her childhood was one filled with need: need of food, need of proper shelter, need of security and need of love. Their house lacked indoor plumbing. Often the children would have to go from house to house begging for a bucket of water. If a neighbor would not give them a bucket they would take it hoping they would not get caught. They would sneak into a garden at night and feast on the raw vegetables. Unfortunately, he caught them and threatened them with a gun. Tina had two sisters and two brothers; her mother could not afford to support them, so they were divided between relatives. Her maternal grandmother took Karen and Millie to live with her. They had clean clothes and nice things; Tina always suspected they were chosen because they were prettier than she was. Tina suffered in her childhood; she was beaten and raped. Tina wanted all the things other little girls took for granted; she asked God why she had to suffer, then she found the greatest gift of all, Jesus Christ.

Jestine Trusty writes just like she talks; as I read this tale I could hear the southern rural accident of a little girl. The author’s childhood was unfair for no child should go hungry, be beaten and raped by those who are supposed to take care of her. However, this book does not end on a sad note but one of praise. Jestine Trusty reminded me to pray specifically, to pray continuously and to pray fervently. Thank you MS Trusty for the reminder.


Best book I ever read after the bible.