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Crying for Help: The Shocking True Story of a Damaged Girl with a Dark Past
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Crying for Help: The Shocking True Story of a Damaged Girl with a Dark Past [Format Kindle]

Casey Watson

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The second book from Sunday Times bestselling author Casey Watson.

Two weeks after saying farewell to her first foster child, Casey is asked to look after Sophia, a troubled 12-year-old with a sad past. Sophia’s actions are disturbing and provocative and, before long, Casey and her family find themselves in a dark and dangerous situation.

Two years ago Sophia’s mother had a terrible accident. Sophia has been in care ever since.

Right away, Casey feels something isn’t right. Sophia’s a well-developed girl, who looks more like 18 than 12. She only seems to have eyes and ears for men, and treats all women with contempt and disgust. And she has everyone around her jumping through hoops.

Over time, as more details begin to emerge about Sophia’s past, it becomes clear that her behaviour is a front for an early life filled with pain and suffering. But although Casey feels she is gradually breaking through to Sophia and getting her to open up about things she has never spoken about before, her violence is threatening the safety of the whole family, forcing Casey to question whether she can really handle this lost and damaged girl.

Both shocking and inspiring, this true story will shed new light on the extreme and sometimes dangerous nature of foster care.

Includes a sample chapter of Little Prisoners.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A scary but uplifting story of a girl with undiagnosed mental illness and the struggles of a family to help her become 'normal'. 23 mars 2012
Par T. L. Johnson - Publié sur
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The tenacity of the Watson family, and mom Casey in particular, is simply amazing given all that they went through with this, their second foster child. They knew Sophia had problems stemming from finding her mother nearly dead after a suicide attempt - an attempt that left her in a permanent vegetative state. They knew Sophia had been born with Addison's disease, a hormone deficiency that requires her to take medications multiple times a day, and that missing even one dose could be fatal. What they didn't know, what nobody was fully aware of, was that Sophia's problems went much deeper than what could be cured with lots of love and behavioral modification techniques. But as a family they stayed the course and continued believing it this nearly unlovable child, even after her ill behavior worsened to the point where she began physically assaulting members of the family and even the family pet. At the end of her stay with the Watsons the depth of Sophia's mental health issues abruptly surface in a way that neither Casey nor social services can ignore her need for long-term residential psychiatric treatment. And while Casey initially views this outcome as a failure on her part she eventually comes to the realization that she and her family were a HUGE positive influence on the life of this young girl.

Just like with her first book, once I started reading Casey Watson's description of her experiences as a foster mother for the most difficult and damaged of children I couldn't put the book down. Casey does a wonderful job of taking the reader through the whole gamut of emotions she experiences, from the high of her previous success (Justin) to lows of anger, fear, pity, self-doubt, etc. I almost feel like I know the Watson family personally, without whom none of this would have been possible! Just like with Justin, in the end this book left me feeling positive, upbeat and most of all, optimistic. And with both of her books I also came away with a greater understanding of the many ways childhood trauma can manifest in behavioral difficulties.

I certainly hope that this will be the second of MANY more books to come. Thank you, Casey, for sharing!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Crying for Help - Casey Watson 21 novembre 2012
Par Jolichayn - Publié sur
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This is the second of three books by Casey Watson that I have read. Casey, a foster carer for children who have suffered abuse, writes as though she is talking to you and has a really great way of telling it how it is, warts, bad language and all. The content is indeed shocking but Casey and her family seem absolutely the right people to be caring for these children until they can be found permanent foster parents. It is a very confronting book, especially when read from the comfort of an ordinary, loving family home and it is hard to believe that there are children who are suffering so much at the hands of their parents (in this case, at the hands of a mother with mental health issues and a non-supportive family). Not a book for the faint-hearted but a timely reminder that not everyone's lives are full of love and laughter.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Good Read; The Stark Truth 11 janvier 2013
Par AnnieLaff - Publié sur
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A wrenching tale of foster-carers struggling to parent a mentally ill child. This is a stark portrayal of parents everywhere who ride the terrifying roller-coaster of child psychosis.....with scant support from a child-welfare system ill-equipped to deal with this travesty of childhood. Good read; the stark truth.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 My Guilty Pleasure 29 mars 2013
Par Palm Tree - Publié sur
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After reading the author's first book, The Boy No One Loved, I had to read this book. I don't know what it is that draws me to these books, but they are my guilty pleasure. Sure, the writing isn't the most sophisticated, but for me, knowing these stories are true is engrossing.

I do agree with the reviewer who notes that the chapters all end with something like "we had no idea what was in store for us." In my opinion, the book would be better without these statements. Obviously the reader knows there is more to come. I'm not sure if these are the author's attempt at ending the chapter on a cliffhanger or possibly an amateurish attempt at foreshadowing. Either way, these statements are unnecessary.

Another reviewer complains that this is an "incomplete story" as we never find out the full details of Sophia's past. While this is true, the reader has to get past this as this book is based on the author's real-life experience. I suppose the title does lead one to believe that the secrets of Sophia's dark past will be revealed.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Save me from myself 3 avril 2013
Par DEBRA - Publié sur
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Such a disturbing portrayal of a girl struggling with her own demons as well as fighting with the family trying to save her.
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