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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite
Truth Gives Strength To Wings: It’s All in the Journal by Katy Sudano and Ginger Green is a creative memoir about one woman's struggle to overcome the aftermath of sexual abuse and learn to fly. The use of journals and writing stories to express what happened to Sydney as a child plays a big part in this story, acting as a survival skill and shield, but also a way to express her abuse to the universe in the safest way she knew how. The authors capture what it's like to be groomed, the secrecy around sexual abuse, and the dysfunctional ways it is covered up, denied, or minimized. This is also a portrait of how sexual abuse can bleed into adulthood and affect relationships. But most of all, it's an example of how victims can become victors and can break free from the chains of trauma.
This book is an honest portrayal of a girl who was young and afraid, manipulated, and used in inappropriate ways. It's too bad that some of the people she depended on chose not to protect her, and her saving grace was her journal, where she could express her life in a roundabout way, as Zoyria, her alter ego. Yes, she did have a few support systems, and that helped her tremendously. The writing is engaging, the people realistic, and the dynamics of sexual abuse spot-on. Besides a riveting story, it can also be used as a tool to help victims realize they aren't alone, and that they too can overcome the legacy of child sexual abuse. Truth Gives Strength To Wings by Katy Sudano and Ginger Green is a must-read for anyone whose life has been touched by abuse and its after-effects.