Best Biographies & Memoirs of Women Reviewed By BookViral

"Chandler brings a difficult and sensitive subject out of the darkness"

Biographies & Memoirs of Women

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  • ASIN: ‎ B0BQZGWFB6
  • Publisher: ‎ Rebecca E Chandler; 1st edition (January 5, 2023)
  • Publication date: ‎ January 5, 2023
  • Language: ‎ English
  • Print length: ‎ 260 pages
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs of Women

 

The BookViral Review:

Courageously told, powerful and compelling It Won’t Hurt None speaks directly to those who find their lives sapped by past traumas.

Fictional depictions of those who have suffered childhood abuse are often outdated, incorrect, and far from the reality of those living with their memories but Rebecca Chandler pulls no punches to show us how it really is. And whilst you might think an autobiography of this kind would be maudlin, Chandler is far from that.

Abuse in any form is not an easy subject to write about for fear of the melodramatic outweighing the narrative theme but Chandler has struck an equitable balance and many readers will be grateful for her courage and openness. The impact of sexual abuse from the age of five years old has had a profound impact on her life but she hasn’t let it define her as she explores how her childhood abuse affected the choices she’s made and in doing built a highly successful career producing film, TV and marketing content in the far-flung corners of the world.

Edged with a razor-sharp wit her optimism and ability to seek the positive combined with tremendous resilience is nothing short of inspirational but Chandler is not only a victim of childhood sexual abuse, she lived with Dissociative Identity Disorder for many decades before receiving an official diagnosis.

Despite living with “Dissociative Identity Disorder” she hasn’t allowed herself to become rooted in social norms or be defined by her medical diagnosis. Hers is a story of transformation and recovery that has allowed her to move beyond the yoke and self-imposed stigma of “Rebecca the Survivor” and reconciling the mental menagerie in her head has been a critical part of an evolutionary process in which she has come to accept and love herself.

It Won’t Hurt None is not an easy read, it’s often uncomfortable but it is transformative and in telling her story Chandler reaches out to support others living with the trauma of sexual abuse and mental health disorders.

Overwhelmingly candid and revealing, Chandler brings a difficult and sensitive subject out of the darkness and It Won’t Hurt None is unreservedly recommended.

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