Author: Julie Coons
Title: This Does Not Leave This House
Genre(s): Nonfiction; Autobiography; Memoir
*Not suitable for children under the age of 18
A bold and emotional telling that will leave a big impression on readers
I do not normally review autobiographies, but when Julie reached out to me with a description of her book, I could not resist taking a deeper look into her tumultuous past and how she overcame so much adversity. This book is most certainly not for the faint of heart, but I also know the experiences Julie outlines are incredibly common and should be talked about more in society. Rape and abuse are things we all cringe at and feel sorrowful about, but it has also become a taboo subject that does not receive the amount of attention it deserves. People who take a stand against these crimes and reveal their own experiences are incredibly brave and that is exactly what Julie did.
Julie illustrates her life events from the time she was a small child until she became an adult. Readers gain insight into the life of a victim and the consequences that occur of the mind, body, and soul when one is abused and taken advantage of. She creates vivid and painfully detailed descriptions of what she endured that at times made it difficult for me to read through. But the outcome of her bravery and strength to move forward was well worth the sorrow I had from reading about the abuse. This book is a true testament to the endurance a survivor must have to not only overcome their past, but to rebuild themselves into what they want to be and not what the abuse has shaped them into.
I would highly recommend for everyone to read this book to gain a greater understanding of what survivors of abuse go through. This is a harrowing story of a woman who was taken advantage of by multiple people, who was not shown the truth and goodness of love, and who despite all her adversities triumphed and came out on top. The memories of abuse will never go away, but they can be great teachers to motivate and influence us to make positive changes.
How does a little girl survive an abusive mother, Catholic school, rape, and a near-death experience?
Raised by an abusive, narcissistic mother (who once tried to trick her into having an abortion), Julie Coons was also raped in college by a stranger and later married an abusive man who threatened to kill her if she ever tried to leave.
Suffering from physical and mental torment resulting in very low self-esteem, Julie often felt so completely alone during the many struggles of her life that she tried to take her own life.
This book is her true story—telling all the secrets she was never allowed to tell to encourage and motivate others to heal their own lives and break the cycle of abuse.
Her story shows that there is hope and life after abuse.
Now that the secrets are finally out, Julie has found freedom.
So can you.
This Does Not Leave This House is a raw, poignant, and secret-revealing memoir written to lead a movement to break the silence of abuse and finally end its vicious cycle. With strength and resiliency, Coons provides a voice for the silent abused, letting them know they’re not alone. Justice and hope can prevail. The abused can become victorious.
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