Ellie begins her life with two loving parents and a happy home. Her secure lifestyle comes to a dramatic end when she witnesses the death of her mother, and a year later at age 8, she loses her father as well. Her life continues to go from bad to worse as she and her siblings are shuffled around between caregivers, many of whom are abusive. She is separated from her brother, and sees her aunt attempt to stab her sister. However, it's when Ellie enters her teens that her life becomes even worse. Psychologically and sexually tormented by her uncle, kept a virtual prisoner in her home, she attempts suicide as an escape. Finally, at age 18, she is allowed to get a job and uses this as an opportunity to escape. She spends a year as a homeless runaway before making a decision to live a better life. In the last chapter, she candidly shares the long term effects of her childhood, as well as updates on her family.
This report prepared by Debbie K