I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review, which is PERFECT because I have a friend who wanted me to read it anyway, to make sure she could take it and wouldn’t wimp out! 😛 You know who you are!
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Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed by Michelle Knight is a mouthful of a title, but worth the read. Finding Me is about Michelle’s true story of an 11 year period of time when she was kidnapped and held hostage.
Michelle was taken as a 21-year-old, by a friend’s father, and was beaten, raped, demoralized on a daily basis. Two other girls joined her by being kidnapped as well.
Michelle’s story is brutal, honest, truthful and deserves to be heard. The Cleveland Kidnappings that Michelle was part of is a scary scenario, but not only does Michelle describe her story with confidence and ease, she reminds us about the others who are still out there, still missing, that need to be found.
Finding Me is a tough story to absorb. Michelle shows the truth behind some of the lowest forms of humanity through her kidnapper, but she also shows a strong will to survive, and to help save the other two girls living with her.
However, Finding Me feels like it was written by a teenager as opposed to someone in her 30s. Michelle was poorly educated (she admits this herself) and that does show in her writing and heavy use of teenage slang. That being said, this does not take away from her story in the least. Michelle’s tale needs to be told, no matter how eloquently she writes, and her story needs to be read.
Finding Me is gripping, honest, and an open story of survival in a devastating situation. Michelle is someone I can look up to, someone who has proven that a strong human will is enough to overcome any obstacle.
What powerful story of survival speaks to you?