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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
You've Got Some Nerve: The Battle Back from an Invisible Injury by Derryen Plante is the author's story of how her life changed when, while completing a unit check at a juvenile prison, she was attacked by an inmate who furiously struck her many times in the head and face. That attack damaged not only her body and her mind but also her future. The author's life story gives glimpses of the trauma that caused unseen injuries, and how she managed to pick up the damaged pieces of her life and rebuild them. This memoir can be related to by many readers and will give them much-required assistance in their healing process. The book is not only for trauma survivors but will also help caregivers when it comes to understanding their friends, family members, colleagues, doctors, and nurses.
Derryen Plante's story is nerve-racking and she is very honest and straightforward when it comes to sharing her story with readers. It is heartbreaking to read how her dream of working as an investigator for the federal government was shattered when she was assaulted. She also speaks about the atmosphere in the unit on the night of the assault and though it was not too calm, she did not suspect any tension in the air. What stands out in the author's story is her determination, courage, and hope when it came to redefining her life after addressing her problems. She also encourages readers to be there for all those who are suffering from injuries that are not visible to others, and how she found her support during her times of hope and despair.