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Walk Away is the unflinching and inspiring story of how author Michele Leavitt lived through the violence of her adolescence, how that violence haunted her through her escape to college and law school, and how she ultimately came to rise out of it to a place of possibility. It begins with lessons in self-defense from convicted killers, as well as a piece of advice: Do what Walk Away is the unflinching and inspiring story of how author Michele Leavitt lived through the violence of her adolescence, how that violence haunted her through her escape to college and law school, and how she ultimately came to rise out of it to a place of possibility. It begins with lessons in self-defense from convicted killers, as well as a piece of advice: Do whatever it takes to be the one who walks away. Hard-edged but motivating, this is a story about overcoming the bleakest of obstacles.


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Walk Away is the unflinching and inspiring story of how author Michele Leavitt lived through the violence of her adolescence, how that violence haunted her through her escape to college and law school, and how she ultimately came to rise out of it to a place of possibility. It begins with lessons in self-defense from convicted killers, as well as a piece of advice: Do what Walk Away is the unflinching and inspiring story of how author Michele Leavitt lived through the violence of her adolescence, how that violence haunted her through her escape to college and law school, and how she ultimately came to rise out of it to a place of possibility. It begins with lessons in self-defense from convicted killers, as well as a piece of advice: Do whatever it takes to be the one who walks away. Hard-edged but motivating, this is a story about overcoming the bleakest of obstacles.

30 review for Walk Away: a memoir (Kindle Single)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Lambert

    It's not often that a memoir is told with both an unrelenting honesty and a deep love for the author's younger self. Michele Leavitt's prose is brilliant and piercing. I'll be reading this again soon. It's not often that a memoir is told with both an unrelenting honesty and a deep love for the author's younger self. Michele Leavitt's prose is brilliant and piercing. I'll be reading this again soon.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Anthony Stancomb

    The author is a good story teller. It’s pared down prose and dialogue, as she drags you through her most gruesome years. An adopted girl with two slightly dysfunctional parents we follow what happens when she becomes exceedingly difficult in her teen years, and makes a bee-line for drugs, sex, abusive relationships and the company of low-lifes. But she recovers enough to go to law school, and although she still has issues with drugs and is attracted to low-life, she ends up defending and counsel The author is a good story teller. It’s pared down prose and dialogue, as she drags you through her most gruesome years. An adopted girl with two slightly dysfunctional parents we follow what happens when she becomes exceedingly difficult in her teen years, and makes a bee-line for drugs, sex, abusive relationships and the company of low-lifes. But she recovers enough to go to law school, and although she still has issues with drugs and is attracted to low-life, she ends up defending and counselling the kind of prostitutes and drug addicts she used to hang around with. Told with admirable honesty, the author comes through as a difficult but determined person who gets herself fired even when working in a law firm for being arrogant and slapdash, and interestingly, when she finds her real family some years later, she finds that almost all of them are people who veer towards drugs, abusive relationships and the criminal world. Very much a self-healing, misery memoir, but a refreshingly interesting and honest one that makes for a riveting read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Colin Hall

    A harrowing, yet compelling read. Anyone still deluded enough, in the age of Trump, to believe the USA is (or ever was) the land of milk and honey, must read this book. The author relates how countless lives, including hers, have been blighted by a combination of domestic violence, poverty, corruption and drugs.. She had the fortune to escape, but is only too aware that this is a privilege denied to many of her contemporaries. It can only be hoped this book and others of a similar ilk will inspire A harrowing, yet compelling read. Anyone still deluded enough, in the age of Trump, to believe the USA is (or ever was) the land of milk and honey, must read this book. The author relates how countless lives, including hers, have been blighted by a combination of domestic violence, poverty, corruption and drugs.. She had the fortune to escape, but is only too aware that this is a privilege denied to many of her contemporaries. It can only be hoped this book and others of a similar ilk will inspire enough people to challenge - and eventually destroy - the rampant misogyny which pervades so many parts of the USA. Unless and until that time occurs, the future for that country - and thus, alas, the planet - remains unremitting bleak.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lee

    This memoir was touching. At moments I felt the author's writing taking off into something a little more magical, though there is nothing magical about pain - endurance is beautiful. This memoir was touching. At moments I felt the author's writing taking off into something a little more magical, though there is nothing magical about pain - endurance is beautiful.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    This gripping mini-memoir attempts to answer the perpetual question of people who have never been abused: Why do they stay? Leavitt left an abusive parent but stayed with an abusive boyfriend, Jimmy, for years. Why? This perfect-sized Kindle single tells the story of how she finally moved beyond her abuse to a new life where she could help others going through the same thing. The last bit after she gets away from Jimmy seems a bit anticlimactic, but overall this is a great read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Judy

    Riveting! This story kept me up through the night. Michele's language is deft and evocative. She tells a tale that is essential for us all to hear. Riveting! This story kept me up through the night. Michele's language is deft and evocative. She tells a tale that is essential for us all to hear.

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