Book Review: Girl Unbroken by Regina Calcaterra and Rosie Maloney

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher and TLC Book Tours. As always, all opinions expressed are my own and this review is spoiler-free.

My Review:
I’ll be honest. This book was incredibly painful to read. I had to put it down many times. I had a hard time finishing it.

My little sister is one of the most precious gifts in this world to me. To put myself in the author’s position and think of being separated from her, and her being physically and emotionally abused by her own alcoholic mother, it is… incredibly painful.

I kept trying to understand Cookie, the mother. What makes her tick? How could she act this way? Never has a character made me so angry.

This memoir is beautifully written, excruciatingly honest, and I am so glad that both Regina and Rosie have the bravery to share their story. This book has the capacity to change many peoples’lives who may have a relatable story. I would hope that this book finds it’s way into the hands of many social workers, survivors of abuse, foster care children and parents, and people who have struggled with addiction and all the familial damage that accompanies it.

About Girl Unbroken —

In the highly anticipated sequel to her New York Times bestseller Etched in Sand, Regina Calcaterra pairs with her youngest sister Rosie to tell Rosie’s harrowing, yet ultimately triumphant, story of childhood abuse and survival.

They were five kids with five different fathers and an alcoholic mother who left them to fend for themselves for weeks at a time. Yet through it all they had each other. Rosie, the youngest, is fawned over and shielded by her older sister, Regina. Their mother, Cookie, blows in and out of their lives “like a hurricane, blind and uncaring to everything in her path.”

But when Regina discloses the truth about her abusive mother to her social worker, she is separated from her younger siblings Norman and Rosie. And as Rosie discovers after Cookie kidnaps her from foster care, the one thing worse than being abandoned by her mother is living in Cookie’s presence. Beaten physically, abused emotionally, and forced to labor at the farm where Cookie settles in Idaho, Rosie refuses to give in. Like her sister Regina, Rosie has an unfathomable strength in the face of unimaginable hardship—enough to propel her out of Idaho and out of a nightmare.

Filled with maturity and grace, Rosie’s memoir continues the compelling story begun in Etched in Sand—a shocking yet profoundly moving testament to sisterhood and indomitable courage.


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