Amanda is only in her teens but she isn't interested in boysbands, social media, clothes shopping, girlie crushes or any of the other things that would be associated with most kids her age. She has shut herself away in her bedroom and spends her time sitting on the filthy floor in the gap between her wardrobe and the wall. Her mum leaves trays of food outside her door and she makes quick trips to the toilet but never takes the time to have a shower or change her clothes. That's the extent of her interaction with the outside world.
It would be easy to write her off as a psycho or a thug – both labels that she was given at school – but the book reveals her heart-breaking story of cruelty, abuse and betrayal in her extremely dysfunctional family.
It's a tough book to read, with the tales of abuse made all the more heart-rending by the simple, matter-of-fact way in which Amanda relates her story. It's a great read for mental health awareness and should help increase the compassion that is sometimes lacking, when people think that sufferers should just get a grip and pull themselves together. Amanda's tale cannot leave you feeling unmoved and the final chapter shows that, sadly, not all stories have a happy ending.
Star rating : 4.5/5
RRP : £8.99
Disclosure : I received a copy of the book in order to write an honest review.