Official Review: The Crying Tree Diary by Lorah Green

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Official Review: The Crying Tree Diary by Lorah Green

Post by kandscreeley » 09 Oct 2017, 15:57

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Crying Tree Diary" by Lorah Green.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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I was born lucky. I had two parents who loved me and supported me in any way possible. Not everyone is that lucky. The Crying Tree Diary by Lorah Green is the story of one such child who wasn't so lucky.

Lorah Green is a social worker who has been a victim of child abuse herself. So while this is a fictional book, there is truth behind the story. This truth comes shining through every word of this book showing us what it's really like to be a victim.

The Crying Tree Diary follows the life of a girl named Julie. It starts at the very beginning of her life – her birth. She sees her mother being abused by her father and cries for her. Soon a stepfather named John enters her life, and it seems that she can do nothing right. She recieves beating after beating, many times not even understanding what it is she has done wrong. Will she find a way out of this situation? Will this be more than she can bear?

One of the things that I like about this story is that it is told in the first person perspective. We see events the way Julie views them; we are able to hear her thoughts. In a story of abuse such as this, it really helps us to understand the psychological aspect of physical abuse. The one negative that comes from this viewpoint is that it can be hard to figure out who people are. We only know as much as Julie tells us. There were characters that even at the end, I didn't figure out who exactly they were. Fortunately, this didn't really distract from the story itself as these were minor characters.

The themes in this novel are dark and haunting. This is not a book to be taken lightly or read on a whim. This is a story that will stick with you. Those that are squeamish might want to think twice before reading this book. While the author handles sexual, phsyical and psychological abuse with the utmost care, there are those that it would be too much for.

As far as the language of the book, it is somewhat childish in nature as it is written from a child's perspective. There were errors here and there, but I am unable to make a determination if these were accidental or purposefully added to show the protagonist's age. In the end, it added to Julie's character whether intentional or not.

All in all, I rate The Crying Tree Diary 3 out of 4 stars. The book is well-written and thought-provoking. However, since I had somewhat of a hard time with some of the minor characters and the unintentional (or intentional) errors, I could not give it a full 4 stars. I would highly recommend this to parents, teenagers, anyone who works with children as well as those who have suffered from abuse themselves. This would be a great conversation starter to open up lines of communication in the family.

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Post by greenstripedgiraffe » 10 Oct 2017, 07:25

Wow, this sounds like a heart-breaking book. I am not sure if I could get through it, although I feel this is a very important topic. Thanks for the review!
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Post by klbradley » 10 Oct 2017, 07:29

Definitely sounds like one to get the water works running! Thank you for sharing your review!
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Post by kandscreeley » 10 Oct 2017, 07:32

Thanks greenstripedgiraffe! It is heartbreaking, but at the same time it's fiction. So while you know this happens, it was a little bit easier not to get too depressed if that makes sense.

Klbradley- you definitely might want to have some tissues nearby. Thanks for commenting.
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Post by geoffrey ngoima » 10 Oct 2017, 12:40

Looks like a solid book, Kandscreeley, I think many people can relate to the struggles explored here.

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Post by kandscreeley » 10 Oct 2017, 15:15

Thanks Geoffrey. Though not all of us are abused, there are definitely things we can all relate to.
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Post by KeriCraven » 10 Oct 2017, 16:28

I really enjoyed your review. I have put this book on the list for me to read. I love a good story that will stay with you. It makes for great conversations. I also love how the author is speaking her truth even if its through fiction. Abuse is not something that should be taken lightly. Thank you for your review.

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Post by kandscreeley » 10 Oct 2017, 17:52

You are right about that Keri. Thanks for the comment.
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Post by Kelebogile Mbangi » 11 Oct 2017, 08:22

greenstripedgiraffe wrote:Wow, this sounds like a heart-breaking book. I am not sure if I could get through it, although I feel this is a very important topic. Thanks for the review!
My thoughts exactly. Sounds a bit too heavy for me. Thank you for the review though. :)
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Post by kandscreeley » 11 Oct 2017, 10:01

Thanks Kelebogile. It's definitely a serious subject.
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Post by Miriam Molina » 12 Oct 2017, 16:26

Dear Diary moments ought to have highs too. It's quite sad that Julie has only lows to immortalize.

Thanks for your heartfelt review, Kandscreely.

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Post by Izesicle » 12 Oct 2017, 16:52

Gorgeous cover but the theme is too intense for me. Good guidance on how to rate writing errors that may or may not be intentional. thank you for passing by my review.

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Post by kandscreeley » 12 Oct 2017, 17:26

Thanks Miriam and izesicle. It might be intense but but it really has a good message.
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Post by kwahu » 13 Oct 2017, 06:13

It's a book full of helpful thoughts especially for parents and guardians. Am also happy that the author didn't overlook the sexual, physical and psychological abuse depicted, but handles them carefully. Thanks for reading.

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Post by kandscreeley » 13 Oct 2017, 07:36

Thanks kwahu. It definitely has some insights to what children go through.
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