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Too Hurt to Stay: The True Story of a Troubled Boy's Desperate Search for a Loving Home par [Watson, Casey]
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The fourth title from Sunday Times bestselling author Casey Watson.

Eight-year-old Spencer takes himself to social services and demands to be taken into care. It’s a desperate act, a cry for help, but his parent’s reaction – good riddance – speaks volumes. Casey’s hackles are immediately up for this poor child.

Spencer is the middle child of four siblings. His parents claim all their other kids are ‘normal’ and that Spencer was born ‘vicious and evil’. Casey and her family are disgusted – kids aren’t born evil, they get damaged. Although when vigilante neighbours start to take action and their landlord threatens eviction, Casey is stretched to the limits, trying desperately to hold on to this boy who causes so much pain and destruction.

Casey is determined to try and understand what Spencer is going through and help him find the loving home he is so desperately searching for. But it’s only when Spencer’s mother gets in touch with social services for the first time that gradually everything starts to make sense.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 305 pages
  • Editeur : Harper Element (11 octobre 2012)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0007436629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007436620
  • ASIN: B007UK9KRC
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HASH(0x952455f4) étoiles sur 5 A great read ...keeping it real! 3 novembre 2012
Par Samantha J Ovitt - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
As a parent of an adopted child with Reactive Attachment Disorder I am always searching for reading material that brings to its' audience the truth of how it really is. Too Hurt to Stay shares the untouchable truth of real life behaviors endured by child and parent in a voice that brings heartache and understanding in a way like none that I have read so far. A hard read but worth it!
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HASH(0x95230054) étoiles sur 5 interesting story, abrupt end 17 mai 2013
Par Amy in Ohio - Publié sur
Format: Broché Commentaire d‘un membre du Club des Testeurs ( De quoi s'agit-il? )
I enjoyed this story of a troubled young foster son who comes to live with a caring couple. He initially seems like a sweet child, only to later reveal many disturbing behaviors. Eventually he's such a problem that the foster parents' neighbors want the family to move out of the neighborhood.

The story moves along though his stay with the foster parents as they uncover more of his issues and begin to glean pieces of his past that somewhat explain the issues. Towards the end of the book, his biological family situation changes, and *poof*.... he is returned to the family and his issues are allegedly fixed. For me, it felt like an abrupt and unrealistic end to such a troubled story. We are left wondering whether his behaviors disappeared and how his new life works out, despite the author telling us that they stayed in contact.

I didn't realize when I ordered it that this book was not written in the United States... thus, some of the cultural norms are little different. There were some things that happened that I don't think would be permitted here within our foster care system in the USA. Nothing wrong with that at all, just something I found interesting as I read.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book via the Amazon Vine program in return for posting my honest review here on Amazon.
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HASH(0x95635c54) étoiles sur 5 Naive, formulaic and manipulative - don't waste your time 3 mai 2013
Par Malfoyfan - Publié sur
Format: Broché Commentaire d‘un membre du Club des Testeurs ( De quoi s'agit-il? )
Oh, boy, where to start with this book? It's so bad in so many different ways that I'm having a hard time choosing my words for this review. If pressed for a quick summary, I'd have to call it "Debbie Macomber meets Ann Rule."

I chose the book - unwisely not checking the author out first, or I would have avoided it - because I'm interested in social science and psychology, and I thought it might be an interesting "case study" type of book. Instead, it's a highly manipulative, corny, simplistic story, told in a novel format rather than a documentary one, of a young boy who enters the UK foster care system due to severe behavioral issues. Apparently author Watson is a long-time foster parent who supplements her income by churning out these potboiler books about her charges, with the names changed, of course.

The youngster, Spencer, is eventually diagnosed sociopathic (which I saw coming a mile away) and his family life is revealed. Watson makes a lot of assumptions about the family based on very little evidence and I kept thinking, where is the UK equivalent of Child Protective Services? If the mother's an alcoholic and the father's abusive, why are their other four kids left with them? Why does a supposedly experienced foster parent keep giving Spencer so much latitude, even to the point of her neighbors signing a petition to get her kicked out of her rental home because of his outrageous and dangerous behavior? She comes across as dumb and easily manipulated by an 8-year-old kid. The epilogue of the book is so ridiculous it made me really angry (more about that in a minute).

The only answer I have is that this book - there are 3 or 4 others as well - isn't meant to enlighten us about the foster care system or help us learn anything about troubled children or budding criminals. There's no analysis of the system, no insight into the nature versus nurture argument on whether children can be "born bad", no psychological study of whether a young child with sociopathy can be turned around. It's meant for readers who are looking for a quick tearjerker and a happy ending. Nothing in it feels real or rings true, and the novelistic style does not serve the subject matter at all. In fact, it lessens the impact of the story, since the author is constantly taking cigarette breaks and describing in loving detail whatever meal she's fixing for the young sociopath, whenever he may be brought back by the local police, since he's run away again. This kid steals from the neighbors, tries to drown another child, and kills his family pet, but she just keeps cranking out the stew and dumplings like it's no big deal, boys will be boys. The book is also annoyingly heavy on end-of-chapter teasers such as " taking on Spencer we'd hardly scratched the surface" or "It wasn't a nightmare I'd just woken up was all too real..."

And the epilogue...which just blew me away. So Spencer's mother leaves his father (who's revealed NOT to be his father after all; apparently mom had a bit on the side at one point), goes to the UK equivalent of AA, moves in with her sister, and takes Spencer and the two younger kids with her. And now, three years later, Spencer's doing just fine! He reluctantly underwent six months of therapy and is trying to keep out of trouble! A great student and all-around happy camper. Mother love triumphs! See, all you have to do is get rid of that pesky, abusive pseudo-dad, get off the sauce, show your child some attention, and you cure sociopathy! Really? Wow! We should try that here.

Seriously, folks...people do not get over being a sociopath. I would be very surprised if this kid's story ended this way. But that wouldn't be the ending her readers are looking for. I'm disgusted with the author for suggesting that this child's problems were solely a matter of acting out because he wasn't happy at home due to issues with the parents, and that simply removing him from there "cured" him. The behavior she describes throughout the book is pretty disturbing, and her constant mantra that "love conquers all" is not only naïve - it's stupid. This book is also stupid. I'm somewhat shocked at the number of 5-star reviews of this author's works - all I can say is that people must like a sob story and must not be very discriminating in what they choose to read. And since they seem to like it so much, they will be glad to hear that Watson's next book is on its way, according to the last line of the epilogue.

As a side note: if you want to check out what really happens to troubled kids - at least in the US - check out Edward Humes' No Matter How Loud I Shout.
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HASH(0x9a0fe7f4) étoiles sur 5 The Boy Who Terrorized the Neighborhood 8 juin 2013
Par Space Salamander - Publié sur
Format: Broché Commentaire d‘un membre du Club des Testeurs ( De quoi s'agit-il? )
I read another book of Casey Watson's and loved it, so I was eager to read this one. The storytelling was about the same, which is to say that I stayed up all night to read this in one night... I found it to be a page-turner just like the other one I'd read.


What frustrated me was not the storytelling, it was the amazing irresponsibility of Casey and her husband in dealing with Spencer. I can boil down this book into this simple formula:

1. Spencer seems nice.
2. Casey lets Spencer go out unsupervised for an hour.
3. He does something horrible and is caught by either a neighbor or the police.
4. Casey is shocked.
5. She lets him out unsupervised again.

Again and again.

If the "something horrible" was not really SO horrible, that would be one thing-- but we're not talking minor offenses. We're talking breaking into houses, beating up children, attempting to DROWN a toddler, killing a guinea pig, kicking animals, etc.

A psychiatrist diagnoses him as a probable sociopath, which didn't surprise me at all. Not only does Spencer do all these horrible things, but he seems to get off on it-- manipulating the system to the max, blaming other people for his actions, scaring other children until they agree to take the blame for him, acting contrite only to discover he's actually laughing instead of crying, etc.

The neighbors take up a petition to get rid of them, and I felt that if I were one of the neighbors, I'd be going further than a petition. This kid was an absolute danger to everyone in that neighborhood. At eight years old, he should NEVER have been out unsupervised to begin with, but certainly not once Casey realized this kid has such violent tendencies and had killed animals and tried to kill a child! Instead, she continues allowing him out for an hour a day, and in that time, he gets into heaps of trouble and puts everyone around him in danger.

THAT made me mad. The fact that Casey and Mike knowingly allowed that to keep happening, even after pulling him off a smaller boy whose glasses he smashed and who was being beaten to a bloody pulp, even after... everything. They needed to have him supervised at all times. They didn't, and then were hurt when the neighbors wanted him gone. He was beyond a "troubled kid." He was a violent criminal. And even right after the police arrested him and charged him with something like 28 crimes, he was allowed to go out unsupervised immediately after returning from the police station!

I frankly didn't believe the epilogue, which indicates that all he really needed was his mom, and now he's just fine. Although I hope beyond hope that it's true, it reads like pure fiction to me. There was no evidence whatsoever up to that point that he'd changed in any way. He kept repeating the same patterns of acting sweet and manipulative, and then doing horrible things and getting pleasure out of causing other people pain.

Had they not continued letting him out unsupervised, I would have called Casey and Mike saints. They put up with an unbelievable amount in their quest to keep this boy.

All of that said, I would probably still read another book in this series. They're well written and emotionally gripping, and I LIKE to root for the underdog. I just got very frustrated with how this one was handled.
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HASH(0x9a0fe6e0) étoiles sur 5 Too Hurt to Stay 27 mars 2013
Par Gail Rodgers - Publié sur
Format: Broché Commentaire d‘un membre du Club des Testeurs ( De quoi s'agit-il? )
A heart wrenching look into the world of foster homes and an 8 year old child that had himself requested to be put into care. Casey Watson and her husband Mike, had been trained to care and work with the most difficult of foster care children. Initially when Spencer was brought to their door, and they saw a very polite, well behaved child in clean clothes, obviously well-fed with a full suitcase which was opposite to most of the foster children that they took in, they wondered what was wrong that not only was this child in care but that he was considered the worst of the worst. It didn't take long before they knew.

Spencer was the middle of five children to a middle class (or possibly upper middle class -- the distinction is difficult due to this being a British based book) with mother and father, mother being a stay at home wife and dad working, yet Spencer was full of pain, prone to running away, lying, stealing, climbing out of skylights to roam the neighborhood, torturing animals and fighting aggressively with the other children. The Watson's were puzzled about the best way to reach this child, while staying within the foster care guidelines, knowing that his next stop would be a locked unit at the age of 8.

A well-written book that delves deeply into the Watson's family's feelings while taking care of Spencer, the processes that they worked through and a surprise ending that rarely happens with foster care children. Some of how they dealt with Spencer could give guidance to parents that are dealing with difficult children and the most important thing of all when raising a child is remembering that most of all a child needs unconditional love.
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