SAAM UPDATE! Last week, I blogged about the basics of SAAM or Sexual Assault Awareness Month, books to read to support the cause, and books I’m reading. Every Saturday for the rest of April, I will be updating you with my progress.
Today, I’m sharing my review of Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott.
Publication Date: September 2nd 2008 by Simon Pulse
Genres: Contemporary, Sociology, Abuse
Number of Pages: 170
My Rating: ★★★★★
Once upon a time, I was a little girl who disappeared.
Once upon a time, my name was not Alice.
Once upon a time, I didn’t know how lucky I was.
When Alice was ten, Ray took her away from her family, her friends — her life. She learned to give up all power, to endure all pain. She waited for the nightmare to be over.
Now Alice is fifteen and Ray still has her, but he speaks more and more of her death. He does not know it is what she longs for. She does not know he has something more terrifying than death in mind for her.
This is Alice’s story. It is one you have never heard, and one you will never, ever forget.
This book. This book.
I wasn’t planning on reading this at all, but while I was looking for books to recommend to YOU, I could not help but be drawn by this one. I was particularly interested on the matter of pedophilia and was intrigued on how a child sees these kind of stuff. I wasn’t expecting anything, but boy, was I surprised.
15 year-old “Alice” was abducted during a school trip when she was 10 years old and has been physically and sexually abused since then. Her abductor, Ray, also made sure she stays “young” so she is starved to stay petite and even fed her pills to avoid pimples and menstruation. She was not caged, no, but Ray made people believe that she is his daughter. I doubt people believed, though. But they all refuse to see.
And even if he decorated my neck with a ring of fingerprints and left me lying in the street, no one would notice.
This book wasn’t explicitly written
and maybe that made it slightly bearable to read but it did not make the experience any less disturbing and painful. I felt sympathy for Alice all throughout the book–her growling stomach, her bruises and cuts, and just thinking about everything she went through was extremely painful. The author does an incredible job in writing about such serious issue without romanticizing or glorifying it.
I gasped, pain so familiar. Welcome, come in, […] and scream without sound, my mouth closed, my face still. I’m good at doing that.
I’d say this is an incredible book and one that deserves more publicity. It’s alarming that we can no longer feel safe letting our children have fun even in playgrounds. Rape and abduction and victim blaming and turning a blind eye to victims happen in the real world even if we wish they hadn’t.
Hunting. This is what this book is. It is deep and harrowing in its simplest form. Living Dead Girl perfectly captured the terror, suffering, confusion, and pain of the victim and also the abductor’s experiences that led him to his decisions. It went deep into the thoughts of a corrupted young victim whose “once upon a time” has been taken away, made us readers really feel and understand her, and therefore makes this book exceptional.