Becoming Anna: The Autobiography of a Sixteen-Year-Old by Anna J. Michener

By Anna J. Michener

Becoming Anna is the poignant memoir of the 1st 16 years within the lifetime of Anna Michener, a tender girl who fought a painful conflict opposed to her abusive relations. classified "crazy woman" for far of her youth, Anna suffered actual and emotional harm by the hands of the adults who have been presupposed to love and defend her. dedicated to numerous psychological associations by way of her relations, at 16 Anna was once eventually capable of get away her chaotic domestic lifestyles and input a foster domestic. As an attempt towards restoration and self-affirmation in addition to a strong plea on behalf of alternative abused little ones, Anna wrote this memoir whereas the adventure was once clean and the sentiments have been nonetheless uncooked and unhealed. Her tale is a robust story of survival.

"A teen's uncooked, in-your-face chronicle of occasions virtually as they have been taking place. As such, it truly is unforgettable. . . . Michener's tale supplies voice to the millions of youngsters and children trapped in 'the system,' biding their time till their 18th birthdays. A candid and unstinting tell-all."—Kirkus Reviews

"Extraordinary. . . . Michener's expressive writing does justice to a subject matter that's essentially very nerve-racking to her individually and communicates a profoundly very important message on behalf of all abused and overlooked children."—Booklist

"An vital ebook, painful to learn, yet crucial if different young children in comparable events are to be saved."—Library Journal

"An blameless kid's account of sixteen years in hell and of the negative wrongs inflicted on youngsters who're with no rights or being concerned advocates."—Choice

"[Michener] emerges as a compelling and brave suggest for kids and their welfare—she's a tender author with a rare voice."Feminist bookshop News

"Quite easily the most effective, so much compelling, well-written autobiographies released in years. . . . bear in mind the identify. we haven't heard the final of Anna Michener."—Myree Whitfield, Melbourne Herald-Sun, disguise story

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When it was discovered that the private bathroom adjacent to my room had been left unlocked by mistake, it was immediately locked. The large bathroom was drafty, and the slightest sound I made echoed. I couldn't cry until the water was running. I shivered and sobbed in a shower stall for half an hour, not even caring if there was a camera there to see me crying. Eventually a woman stuck her head in the bathroom door and told me to hurry up. The towel was very small and thin, and reeked. I made myself stop crying, but I couldn't stop my teeth from chattering.

I noticed that Dr. Limband never listened to or spoke to anyone else in my family with that horrible, condescending grimace and tone she used with me. Dr. Limband prescribed so many blood tests that at last I worked up the nerve to tell her that I was more squeamish about needles than anything else I could think of and that if she could just cut back a little I would appreciate it. Every time someone sticks me with a needle I feel the cords of my neck tighten and I hyperventilate. I always think of watching my mother inject herself with insulin, and the time she hit a blood vessel across the bed from me.

The "teen issue" man had us all speak about child abuse once. When he asked me if I had been abused, I tried to explain that it wasn't so much physical abuse as emotional. When that wasn't good enough for him, I stammered about being smacked about the face and head and whipped with knitting needles. Some of the other patients laughed then-I guess they didn't think knitting needles were very dangerous instruments-and the old man moved on to the next kid for questioning. I sat silently fighting back tears, telling myself it was a pretty unusual thing to be hit with.

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