Thursday, April 24, 2014

Survivor: A Journey Through My Never Ending Nightmare by Angela Caito

Survivor: A Journey Through My Never Ending NightmareSurvivor: A Journey Through My Never Ending Nightmare by Angela Caito
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

First off, nothing in this book rings true. For example what 29 year old woman would be surprised that her 18 year old boyfriend's mother is less than thrilled to find out she is going to be a grandmother. As a mom I would not be overly excited to hear that my 18 year old son got this 29 year old pregnant. Also the author states she now knows to run the other way if ever a man tells her he enjoys having her at home and taking care of her. Yet she did not think it was time to run the other way when her 18 year old boyfriend began conversations with his imaginary friends through an imaginary walkie talkie and then beat her up? Oh yes, "breaker breaker one nine" precedes each beating. I think the author has confused the "invisible walkie talkie" as she calls it, with an invisible CB radio. Also the 18 year old has a great job, tons of money, owns his own house.. yes it all seems so real. She mentions that to this very day due to this severe abuse she is now agoraphobic and will not leave her house, yet at the back of the book in the "about the author" section it states that when she is not working she "enjoys traveling camping, bike riding and swimming" none of which are usual activities for someone terrified to leave their house. How exactly does one travel and go camping without leaving the house? Even if this story were presented as fiction it is still poorly written and just plain ridiculous. FYI "anyways" is not a word no matter how many times you repeat it in a "book." but I will not even get into all the other grammatical errors, because there are too many to mention. The 5 star reviews come from people who have joined a web site where they get money sent to their paypal in order to buy this book, so that when they write their fake reviews it will show up as an amazon verified purchase. Also the author herself is the person that these reviews must be submitted to before they are posted and she will "correct" them if she finds them unsatisfactory. People are then paid for the review at that time, never once having stated that they received the book for free or that they were paid, and thus making anyone who is browsing see the "amazon verified purchase" and mistakenly assuming that gives any credence over honesty. As for it being such a great book that people read it in one day? well that may be due to it only being about 60 pages long. It can be read on your lunch break with time to spare. Any woman who has been through an abusive relationship will find this so called book insulting.

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Irene. This is Angela Caito. I'm not quite sure why you seem to have targeted me to leave nasty comments on my books. You left his review a year ago and then once again this year, you left the same review twice again on 2 books on October 20th. I have first, never paid anyone for a review of my work. Second, it took me 9 years to finally be able to write about the things I went through due to my ex being a monster. I do have police reports and written statements from witnesses as to many things I endured. I also have a signed apology from my abuser telling me he is sorry for the things he did to me at that time in my life. Why did I not run away when he first flipped out? Because he had me living in the middle of nowhere with no telephone and no vehicle to get out. I DID go to the police and had you read the book, you would have read that they sent me straight back to his home with his parents. We lived in a very corrupt small town in Lousiana...As for me having agorophobia..apparently you do not fully understand this illness. I do leave the house when I have my kids with me. If the kids are not with me..I stay home and do not go anywhere unless it is urgent. Not one person that has left a review on my work knows me or is paid through any site or company at all. They are all..aside from your review..genuine and posted because they read the book and enjoyed it. This book is, by the way, located in several mental health facilities, domestic violence shelters and even the library. If you would like information from me about my life and why I wrote about the horribly painful things I went through then please feel free to email me. I will even speak to you on the phone or skype to verify things if need be. I do not appreciate the terrible things you have said about me. These things have also hurt my 13 year old son as he knows what I went through. He was there as well and he talks to his dad and he has told him about things..and to see your scathing review was something that really upset my son because he could not understand how someone could be so cruel and put someone down so harshly when the person has poured out their soul into the book to let people know what she went through....