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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Review of “A Girl Nobody Wants: A Shocking True Story of Child Abuse in Ireland by Lily O’Brien

I finished this disturbing book yesterday and spent today thinking about it.  When I downloaded the cover for this post, I saw a one-star review where a reader says the story isn’t true.  Two points I’ll make up front:

1)   I wasn’t there, so I see no reason to disbelieve the writer unless some other information comes out.
2)   Whether or not the story is true or false, here’s a truth:  There are people in this world that consider those that cannot help themselves (children, vulnerable adults, animals) a burden and do not care for them as they would someone they love.  I’ve seen and experienced enough in my lifetime to know bad things happen, and the lack of love brings forth such events.

The story is about Lily, who lived with a mother and stepfather in London, and after an assault by a family member, was sent with her brother and sister to live with their father in Ireland.  It didn’t get much better there, as the father was often away, and the kids suffered neglect.  When the community found out, they were taken in by a group of nuns and endured more hardship.  When Lily grew up, she finally got away and met a man that loved her and continued to attempt to put her childhood behind her by giving her own kids the love she wasn’t given.

Overall this was a compelling read that may turn away the skeptics and bring believers to tears.  I liked the story, but sometimes, the truth is too hard for people to bear; so I recommend this story with a warning it’s not for the faint of heart.  Overall, well done, four stars!


  1. This must have been a difficult book to read and review. I'm glad you brought it to our attention. Child abuse is rampant, and we only hear bits and pieces. I hope this book inspires people to watch, listen and report.

  2. I know all too well about child abuse. I hope your writer will contact me about a book I am shortly publishing in an Every Child is Entitled to Innocence Series.