Etched on Me

Etched on Me

A Novel

Book - 2014
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Baker & Taylor
Faced with an unexpected pregnancy in her 20s, Lesley, who has overcome sexual abuse and a troubled adolescence to become a social services success story, must fight for her unborn daughter when the same team that saved her as a teenager questions whether she is fit to be a mother. Original.

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After her treatment as a teenager in a psychiatric facility, Lesley Holloway has successfully overcome her past, until she becomes pregnant and social services begins legal proceedings against her over her ability to be a mother.

Simon and Schuster
Girl, Interrupted meets Best Kept Secret in this riveting, redemptive coming-of-age story about a young woman who overcomes a troubled adolescence, only to lose custody of her daughter when her mental health history is used against her.

On the surface, sixteen-year-old Lesley Holloway is just another bright new student at Hawthorn Hill, a posh all-girls’ prep school north of London. Little do her classmates know that she recently ran away from home, where her father had spent years sexually abusing her. Nor does anyone know that she’s secretly cutting herself as a coping mechanism...until the day she goes too far and ends up in the hospital.

Lesley spends the next two years in and out of psychiatric facilities, where she overcomes her traumatic memories and finds the support of a surrogate family. Eventually completing university and earning her degree, she is a social services success story—until she becomes unexpectedly pregnant in her early twenties. Despite the overwhelming odds she has overcome, the same team that saved her as an adolescent will now question whether Lesley is fit to be a mother. And so she embarks upon her biggest battle yet: the fight for her unborn daughter.

Publisher: New York : Washington Square Press, [2014]
Edition: First Washington Square Press trade paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781476739069
Branch Call Number: FIC Crowe
Characteristics: 321 pages ; 21 cm


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Excellent and truthful book.

Nov 24, 2014

Tough to read at times, but a very strong book. Given the content, trigger warnings go out to any person who might not want to read about graphic sexual child abuse, mental illness and loss of a child.

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Nov 24, 2014

walkermom thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over


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Nov 24, 2014

Violence: Depicts graphic scenes of childhood sexual abuse and incest


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