The Year After: A Memoir

Ashley Warner
CreateSpace (2013)
ISBN: 9781489557827
Reviewed by Carol Hoyer, PhD for Reader Views (1/14)

“The Year After: A Memoir” by Ashley Warner is one of the most remarkable books anyone can read. With total honesty and raw emotion the author writes about the rape she suffered and how that abusive act impacted her life in the years to come. No one can truly understand the ups and downs of this tragedy unless they have also been a victim of rape.

With such clarity and emotion Ms. Warner describes how being raped affected her and others around her. Interestingly enough, she wasn’t mad at the rapist. This is a great book for all to read, even if they aren’t a victim of rape, because it gives one an idea of the emotions that are experienced.  It takes a lot of courage to write about such an experience and I can only imagine the emotions it must have brought up. At the same time it can be very helpful to others who read this book.

While reading Ms. Warner’s story, one can experience the feelings she experienced as if it were happening to them. Even though many people feel different emotions and behaviors, this book really gets to the “meat” of the highs and lows one might face after such a tragic event.

This was a very hard book to put down, it was so compelling. There are so many thoughts that go through one’s mind while reading. At times I felt like crying and at other times like screaming.
It was amazing some of the comments individuals will say to someone who is a victim of a crime without having any regard for what they went through or their feelings.

“The Year After: A Memoir” by Ashley Warner is a book that should be read by all – it is revealing, honest, open and heart tugging.

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