Item description for The Fourteenth Year by Kelly Watt...
The Fourteenth Year is a memoir narrated by a young girl whose unrelenting strength somehow carries her through the throes of an extinguished childhood. Her story begins as she attempts to reclaim control of her life from the steamy grip of her biological father. As she describes the exhausting legal process, the details of the past fourteen years unfold into the culminating showdown between a dad and a daughter. For Kelly, life is dictated by a sexually and emotionally abusive father whose self-proclaimed deification demands subservience by all. No protection is offered by the emotionally detached mother, who does nothing to stop him . Their daughter must find a way to remain psychologically intact as the abuse worsens. Eventually leaving the house or even watching television had a sexual Aprice tag@. While looking for safety, she discovers the plague of immorality and mental illness that motivates the behavior of the people in her environment . She survives the moments that need surviving, with glimmering pieces of hope, humor and memories that bring joy and a sense of direction to her troubled soul . She must now take that control and make the life for herself she knows is possible.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.05 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2007
Publisher Mill City Press, Inc.
ISBN 1934248258 ISBN13 9781934248256
Reviews - What do customers think about The Fourteenth Year?
Inspiring Read May 30, 2008
"The Fourteenth Year" is an inspiring book that will touch your heart. As you read the book, you have to wonder how this child managed to deal with everything that happened to her and grow up to lead a normal life with her husband and children. I admire Kelly's strength and brutal honesty as it must have been difficult to re-live her childhood in order to write this book, let alone have it published and reviewed by a bunch of strangers. When I read the book, I was reading for "enjoyment", not to analyze the feasibility of what items were inconsistent within her story. I admire her for her determination to survive and for the work she is currently doing on behalf of children who are abused.
My one complaint about this book is that it left me feeling like I wanted more. While I am sure Kelly poured out her heart and soul, I felt like there was something disjointed or disconnected between myself and the individuals I was reading about. I almost felt like the book was superficial and Kelly couldn't dig deep enough within herself other than to simply scratch the surface of her life story. Perhaps, this is simply due to the trauma she endured or maybe, she simply chose to tell us what she wanted us to know. Either way, I hope to see a continuation of her memoir in the future.
gut wrenching May 23, 2008
this book truly cuts deep to the guts.... there are is no sugar coating of the facts as a young girl survives things that no human nor animal should ever have to bear. the glimmer of hope does shine through at the end, that she does survive (physically ) intact. I am wishful that young victims of this kind of abuse could read her writing and realize that they too could survive (possibly finding a way to cope without choosing drugs, alcohol and promiscuity), i also feel strongly that this book should be read by all involved in law enforcement, teachers and all in children's services of any kind. it is almost a handbook of the type of behaviors that should call an alert to abuse.
i am hoping that kelly will publish a "part 2".
Sad story but... May 14, 2008
This was a sad story but there were way too many inconsistencies throughout. For example; she talks about being promiscuous after losing her virginity to a boyfriend, and later she talks about losing her virginity to her father.
After she runs away and the father is arrested for abuse, she talks about her friends who also accused him of abusing them. But, when she lies and says it never happened, her father is allowed to walk out. What happened to the charges against him for molesting her friends? This is never mentioned again. I'm sure the trauma affects the memories but an editor should have been able to clean some of this up.
Real and Inspiring Jul 18, 2007
This book touched my heart and soul. I believe it takes a great deal of courage to reveal such details of a person's life in order to help others. Kelly has put her story out there to let people in similiar situations know that they are not alone and there is hope. She proves that dreams and personal achievements do not have to be lost at the hands of an abuser. A very personal and candid look into a part of an abused girl's life and the coping mechanisms used to get through. I highly recommend this book.
A MUST READ BOOK! Jul 18, 2007
This book is a raw account of a young girls fight to survive years of repeated abuse. Throughout the book the writer sheds a ray of hope that one day she will have a normal, loving family of her own. The thought of a family gives her the strength to live. This book is very easy to read. Each chapter left me amazed of how the writer was able to go on. It is a story of how a young girl was able to triumph over unbeatable odds. I highly recommend this book!