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      The heartbreaking story of a damaged little girl who could have been saved...

      I read this book in just two days - I have 3 children and a full time job so this explains just how gripping this story is, I couldn't put it down at all.

      Cathy Glass is a foster carer with decades of experience, she is a divorcee with 3 children of her own (one of whom, Lucy who originally came for Cathy to foster). Cathy believes that her experience means that she can help any child, and then she meets Jodie...

      Jodie is 7 when she arrives with Cathy (although she has been on the at risk register since birth), having gone through many foster carers in just a couple of months, Cathy knows that this will not be any ordinary case. Jodie is like no child she has ever met before, she is extremely difficult to cope with and this becomes apparent within 30 minutes of being in Cathy's care when there is a situation ****Graphic**** where Jodie dephicates and then smears this upon herself whilst maintaining eye contact with Cathy and grinning.

      This little girl is extremely damaged and this is more obvious as the story continues.

      Unlike other children, Jodie has no regard to if people like her or not, she doesn't actually want to be liked and makes this clear by being obtuse, violent and rude to everyone she meets. In time, a bond does develop with Cathy to the extent where Jodie will respond to Cathy and will sometimes allow a cuddle, but these times are rare. How Cathy copes with the constant sleepless nights, the toilet behaviour, self harm, violence to her own children and absolute draining situation of having Jodie I do not know - she is a strong lady and I take my hat off to her.

      After many months Jodies violent behaviour seems to subside and this is when the true horrors of her ordeal are revealed to Cathy - the only person she has ever trusted in the world. As a coping mechanism (which is later diagnosed) Jodie develops different personalities: One is 'Amy' who is a toddler and the other 'Reg' an aggressive adult male - who terrifies the life out of all in the household. This leads her to see a psychiatrist and then starts the beginning to the end.

      I can't possibly cover all the matters in this book, and for worry of 'spoiling' it for people I have left the harrowing details of this story out of my review.

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        21.01.2014 14:15
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        Something to make you think and understand many troubled children a little better

        Cathy Glass is one of my favourite authors after discovering one of her books in a supermarket on offer, I do read this genre and once I find an author I warm too I will stick try to read them all and I have never been disappointed, this one in particularly ~~Damaged~~ really did get to me though. It is one of those books that will stay with you for a long time and I quite often wonder how Jodie - the girl the book is about - is coping now.
        Cathy Glass has been fostering for over 20 years and so she has the experience to take on 'hard to place children', which Jodie certainly was. Her behaviour was explained later on in the book when she reveals, fairly passively to Cathy that she was extremely sexually abused by a pedophile ring and with Cathy on board these people are then investigated. It is upto you whether you feel justice was done. I do not.

        When Jodie first arrived at Cathy's home, she was eight years old, she had been through many different foster carers before Cathy whom could not cope with her and within the first night of being with Cathy it is clear to see that this little girl is extremely damaged. Cathy finds that Jodie has soiled herself and proceeded to wipe the mess all over the face whilst smiling at Cathy, then later on she cuts herself and wipes the blood all over her face. Many people may have been strongly deterred and handed this girl back but Cathy is not one to give up easily and the transformation she does with this girl is truly heartwarming.

        She later fights a battle to keep Jodie out of an insititution, this is where you cannot put the book down.

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          16.06.2013 18:53
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          Amazing story which shows how one woman can change a little girls life forever

          I first started reading Cathy Glass books because my nanna bought one in a charity shop one day and after she told me how good her books were I decided to read them too. Cathy Glass has been a foster carer for around 20 years and she became an author by writing books about her experiences as a foster carer. She currently has 14 books available about children who have been in foster care and 3 self help books. I haven't read any of the self help books but I have read 12 of the other books and I have to say that 'Damaged' is definitely my favourite. Cathy Glass has changed all the names of everyone mentioned and the places in her books.

          Damage follows the story of a little girls life called Jodie who was 8 years old when Cathy fostered her. Many other foster carers had attempted to care for Jodie before Cathy did but they all struggled to meet her needs. Jodie had suffered terribly from her parents abusing her, physically, sexually and mentally. Jodie struggled with every day life, she was so used to being sexually abused that she thought it was normal and behaved sexually towards other people without realising what she was doing wrong. Cathy and her children all struggled to cope with having Jodie living in their house as she behaved violently towards them but they refused to give up hope. They all help Jodie throughout her time with them to adjust to what family life should be like.

          This truly is a heart breaking story reading how Jodie slowly informs Cathy of all the abuse she suffered from her parents. I couldn't put the book down, I just needed to reach the end in the hope that Jodie could have a happy ending. You'll definatly need a box of tissues with you when reading this book it is so sad.

          My favourite thing about Cathy Glass is that on her website she posts updates about the children lives if they choose to keep in touch with her and it is inspiring to read about what these poor children went through in their childhood but how there life could change so dramatically for the better. Myself, my nanna and my auntie now all love to read Cathy Glass books and as I'm in my twenties and my nannas in her seventies I think it proves just how much this authors stories will catch everyone's heart no matter what your age. I wouldn't recommend it for under 16's though as some of the abuse which Jodie suffered is horrendous.

          You can buy this book on amazon for only a few pounds. Supermarkets such as Tesco and Asda usually sell Cathy's latest books.

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            18.12.2011 13:27
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            A true story

            I found this book in a charity shop sale where paperbacks were being sold at 2 for 95p .I chose Damaged because I enjoy reading true stories (usually) but I did wonder if I would find this one a bit too upsetting.

            First published by HarperElement in 2006 and written by Cathy Glass (pseudonym) .

            **The Story**
            Cathy is a divorced mother with two children of her own, Adrian and Paula, and one permanent foster daughter named Lucy ( the real names of people involved in this book have all been changed).Cathy has had 20 successful years of fostering children when she takes on a little eight year old girl called Jodie.
            She is warned that Jodie will be a challenge right from the start as Jodie has already had five foster carers in four months but has been unable to settle with any of them .The story tells of Cathy`s patience and sympathy shown to Jodie while she is trying to settle in with Cathy and her family.It seems that Cathy is fighting a losing battle because Jodie is so deeply disturbed and has behavioral problems, learning difficulties, tantrums and nightmares.She does not relate well to the other children in the family and is often rude and violent towards them. Jodie take up all of Cathy`s time and Cathy worries that the older children might start feeling rejected and she worries that having Jodie there will start to affect the whole family.
            The truth behind Jodie`s dreadful behavior comes to light while she is `playing `with her life sized doll ,and over the next few weeks Cathy is able to gently coax the truth out of Jodie regarding her history and background. It turns out to be far worse than anyone could have imagined.Cathy feels she has to keep her other children involved in knowing about Jodie`s past and they all end up being traumatised by the truth of what really happened .
            However, no matter how much Cathy and her family try to help , Jodie seems to go from bad to worse with her mental health reaching a terrible climax when she has some sort of breakdown. After living with the family for a year, Jodie is finally admitted to a residential home for very disturbed children. Cathy and family find it very hard to let go because they have all become very emotionally involved.

            I found his to be a very sad book because it is a true story and does not have a happy ending.

            **Useful website**

            www.cathyglass.co.uk

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              19.11.2011 00:35
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              What an interesting yet sad story.

              *~*~*~*~*~ Damaged ~*~*~*~*~*

              After recently reading the book Damaged written by Cathy Glass I felt compelled to write a review.

              The autor Cathy Glass is not only an author but also a foster carer and she has had many children in her care over the years, she has gone on to write books about some of these children and this book is about an 8 year old girl who she cared for.

              Cathy has changed names and locations in order to protect the childs privacy which is an obvious must in situations like this.

              Jodie is the child in this book, she is 8 years old and has a wide range of learning difficulties this mixed with her past makes her a not very nice child, but as Cathy explains how can anyone simply write off a child without trying to get through to them first?
              Learning of Jodie's past is hard and I dare even the hardest of hearts not to shed a tear.
              This young child has had to put up with so much during her short life and it all comes out in the strange traits she has now developed.
              Cathy doesn't hold back and tells it as it happened and the shock factor is there plain for all to read. It's a horrid story and the pity I felt for Jodie was tremendous, it's difficult not to feel anything other than pity although parts of the story made me increasingly angry.
              No child should have to suffer the way this poor girl did but it is what happens in life everyday to some children and this book just highlights how these things can be missed by the authority.

              I wasn't surprised to read that Jodie lashed out at everybody as this behaviour is her way of getting the release from holding everything in.
              The book also demonstrates how good a foster carer Cathy must be, to get this hardened little girl to open up to her in the way she did.
              I wouldn't even like to imagine putting myself in Cathy's postition as to hear the details first hand must be so very upsetting.

              I really enjoyed reading this book, it was so indepth and interesting all the while being heartbreaking. I found it difficult to put the book down as I didn't want to loose where I was, as I was reading I got really into the book and the emotions I felt at the time were really strong. I finished the book over the course of three nights but that is not a drawback to the book in anyway, I simply couldn't bear to put it down.
              The way the book is laid out into named chapters really helped me to understand where the story was heading and made it easier to follow.

              I don't want to go any further as I don't want to spoil the book for anyone wishing to read it, but rest assured if you like this type of book you will not be disappointed.


              *~*~5/5~*~*

              Thanks for taking the time to read.

              @May also feature on ciao under same name@

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                14.11.2011 13:09
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                A beautifully written book with a harrowing story.

                I bought this book in Cash Generator a few weeks back for just 99p and the books are in a buy one get one free deal so I two books for the 99p paid, I haven't read anything by this author in the past but my preferred choice of reading is true stories.

                ~~~The Author~~~

                Cathy Glass is an author and a foster carer, over the years she has fostered many children some with very complex backgrounds and it is from these children that her books are formed. She keeps personal information private and changes names and places but the story told is the awful truth that a child in her care has endured.
                She writes in such a way that you are gripped into reading the book, however harrowing and you feel for the poor child.
                Cathy Glass is women with a lot of love to give and this shines through in this book. She is an inspirational person.

                ~~~The Book - Damaged~~~

                This book details the awful background of a traumatised 8 year old girl named Jodie.
                Jodie had been placed on the At Risk Register since birth and it is shocking how the people in authority missed the devasting events that took place in this little girls life.
                Not only has Jodie got complex learning difficulties she has been through the trauma of not only being abused by a family member but also her parents and what seems a 'group' for a better word.

                Jodie comes into Cathy's care after being shunned by 4 different sets of carers in 5 months. The carers just couldn't break through her barriers and could not cope with her awful behaviour.
                She was initially placed in care for setting fire to the family dog. This brings significant revelations later on.

                The first instance we see of Jodie's abuse is when Cathy tried to take her photograph for her Social Services file. Rather than just sit, smile etc. Jodie starts to strip off her clothes, this of course leads the way into Cathy finding out more and more about Jodie's past.
                As time goes on more and more awful facts become apparent and after the first initial heart rendering shock and pity we feel for this poor girl, I found that I became to expect more had happened to her and became somewhat dis-sensitised to it in a way, rather than making me fill up and cry for this poor girl it just made me think how disgusting her abusers are and how could they do these things when they should be loving and protecting her?

                Jodie's innocence is apparent throughout, and even when she is lashing out and acting out certain things she doesn't feel as though she is doing anything wrong. At times she seems to realise that what her father did was wrong and she would call him 'naughty daddy' and then after being examined by a nurse she tells Cathy about other things and that her father 'helped' her so did that make him a 'good daddy', Cathy quite rightly snapped and tells Jodie that in no instance is her father good in any way and that he is a vile, disgusting man.

                You have to admire Cathy's patience, from the beginning she was left to find out about Jodie herself, people hid the truth and made things seem not so bad, social workers hadn't even read Jodie's full file so they were in the dark and it was their own faults.

                Cathy's own children and a foster child who stayed have to learn to be careful around Jodie, mealtimes were no longer a nice family time as Jodie would not interact in a pleasant way, trying their hardest to break into Jodie's world wasn't working so they started to spend more time apart and would choose to stay out of her way.
                Sometimes it is nice to see little glimpses of a normal little girl coming through, then as Cathy says Jodie would simply shut off once again.

                The book is set out into named chapters and each chapters name gives a reference as to what it is about, for instance The Park ~ Is about them going to the park and being met with sly glances from another parent and then an attitude change later on. Each chapter falls seamlessly into the other and it makes for an interesting read.

                As harrowing as this book is, it is very hard to put down and you really feel for Jodie and Cathy.

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                  16.07.2011 12:30
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                  A great account of a deeply disturbing story

                  Damaged - Cathy Glass


                  I have read a number of books written by Torey Hayden which focus upon heartbreaking true stories of children in care, and although I find them extremely emotional and on occasion, very difficult to read due to the subject matter, something about these kinds of books appeal to me. Again, though, due to the subject matter, I have to be in the right frame of mind to read something as heart-wrenching as this, and so over time I have accumulated many books of a few different authors of this genre, though haven't had the chance to read them all. Recently, I picked up a similar type of book by an unknown author to me; Cathy Glass, who writes under a pseudonym. Cathy Glass has been a foster carer for over twenty years and has seen her fair share of damage in children of all ages. As I have never read any other books by Cathy Glass, I had nothing to compare this one to in realms of expectations, though having read books by such authors as Hayden, I had an idea of what might be to come and found these two authors rather similar in a lot of ways, though the stories were in themselves, very different in other ways. If you have never read a book of this type then be prepared for an emotional read which will pull on the heartstrings of even the most cold minded people. Of course, books like this are not for everyone, and sometimes I even feel that they are too much for me, especially as I have a young daughter, though the insight in to this world, written in such a truthful way is something which will stay with you forever.


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                  THE FORGOTTEN CHILD
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                  Cathy Glass has fostered fifty children over a twenty year time period, though none had ever been as disturbed as a young eight year old girl who arrived into Cathy's care after a series of other foster carers literally gave up on her.

                  When Jodie arrived at Cathy's home, she was unprepared for what was to come. Not only was Jodie violent and aggressive towards all around her, she also seemed to enjoy soiling herself and spreading faeces all over the house and over her own face, her wicked grin chilling Cathy to the bone. Things took a turn for the worst after a short time as Cathy even found the young girl taking pleasure in cutting herself. She would trust no-one, and viewed everyone as a threat. No-one could, or would, tell Cathy of the young girls background and so Cathy felt at a loss, though gradually Jodie began trusting Cathy and started to 'disclose' details of a horrendous abuse she had suffered in the hands of the very people who should have loved and protected her. When social services were questioned, Cathy found out that no-one had ever read Jodie's whole file, and if they had, Jodie's life could have been so different, though it is down to Cathy alone to break through to the young girl in the hope that she can help her on the path of recovery.

                  The synopsis alone brought emotion into my heart, though I was not prepared even then for the emotion held within the pages of the book. Almost from the word go, the writing style almost flamed with a powerful sense of urgency and sadness. It is written from the first person's point of view; in this case, Cathy's, and is a mixture of thoughts and feelings held within the foster carers own mind as well as a natural process of story telling. There are parts which read similar to that of a report, though in the main the flow of the whole book reads like a story. With these two styles closely bonded on the pages, I was able to read with the right emotion without finding it too difficult to carry on. In parts, I felt as though there was a purposeful distance in the style of writing in order to help the reader continue without being dragged too emotionally into the plot, though this is also closely linked to that of Cathy's own emotions, and as the book continues, the distance narrows as the relationship between foster carer and child becomes closer. A very clever and natural way of bringing the reader into the situation without overwhelming them too much at once, and even if it was not on purpose, it works extremely well in relation to the comparison of the story and the people within it.

                  As the story is that of a true to life one, the 'characters' within it are almost flawless. Each 'character' is a real person, as is each situation and so not much can go wrong in this aspect, though the choices for each person such as how much background to give, what situations to add and so forth, are extremely important and in my opinion, Glass has chosen wisely how much detail to add into the pages. The focus is upon Cathy and Jodie and their relationship and so more detail is exposed about them than any other 'character', though even with this, only the relevant details are formed. There are no useless parts with regards to their backgrounds and everything slots into place perfectly. The details about the 'characters' are spread perfectly throughout the story and so at no one point are you overwhelmed with detail or information, and everything is there for a reason. There are also well timed explanations for certain aspects in which those who do not know the world of foster carers, like myself, can easily understand without feeling patronized. There is of course a certain amount of background information and detail about other 'characters' within the story, though none as full as the two main people and only at a need-to-know basis which is refreshing. It enables the reader to focus on the right people without getting side tracked or overwhelmed with other problems which are unrelated to the main story. A perfect balance in my opinion.

                  The language within this book is very true to life and at some points, quite harsh and to the point. I found this part rather difficult to digest as the choice words and phrases were extremely 'adult' and very coarse and came from the mouth of the young eight year old girl. It is certainly not something I had expected, though it enhances the horrendous reality of the situation at hand and without this, the truth of the story could almost be lost. I am not really one for swearing within a book, and I cringed at many times though I do see why it was added as it was part of the little girls nature. In comparison with everything else which happens in the book, the swearing is perhaps the least of the worries, though I feel I need to warn future readers that this part may come across as very shocking.

                  As well as the language contained within the book, there are many issues in which are very emotional and distressing. Out of all the different books I have read, this one tops the lot in ways of shock and distress. At many points, I felt rather sick at the thought of what this little girl had gone through and had to put the book down to wipe my eyes a number of times. Glass writes in a very compassionate way and, although each word is carefully thought over, there is no taking away the sheer pain and heartbreak of the actions and memories of Jodie. I feel it very important to mention some aspects in which you will come across in this book as the power and emotion behind it may scar some people, and it certainly had an impact of me. These issues include extreme sexual discussions and actions through Jodie's own actions and memories, including the extremely horrendous aspect of child abuse at its worst. Self harm is also potent within the pages, though this only occurs in a couple of places and is not at the forefront. Violence and aggression of many different kinds take place throughout the story at many different levels and neglect also rears its ugly head.

                  With all the pain and horrendous story lines, I can certainly understand why this book would be far from many peoples 'want-to-read' lists, though as well as the pain and abuse; there is also love, caring and help in the way of Cathy. It really paints a picture of what foster carers and their charges go through without painting Cathy as a superhero who sorts everything out to allow a happy ending. It is very true-to-life and the pain is extremely apparent, though the love is also high up on the table which aids in the ability to read this type of story.

                  It did take me a while to get into the book, though not due to the style being difficult to read as is usually the case. I feel that the subject matter was more the case in the slow start as reading a book of this kind is not like submersing yourself into a whole new world. Although I have not experienced anything like the subject matters in this book, we hear about it all the time in the real world and so in that way, it seems very close to home and difficult to digest that such things could occur so near to us. Once the 'story' had taken up an even flow, I was able to read a little faster and wanted to reach the end to find out what happened, though even then, I had to stop many times to clear my thoughts. This, though, is not a negative part of the writing or story, though more-so due to the power and emotion which is added to the story.

                  One thing which I find very important in a book is the ending. A story can be written perfectly, though if the ending is wrong, then it gives me a really terrible feel to the whole book, almost as though I feel my time was wasted reading it, even if I did enjoy the rest of the story.

                  So how does the ending of this book compare?

                  When reading a book such as this you always hope that there is going to be some kind of fairytale happy ending where everyone lives happily ever after, though if this was the case then the story would be by no means real. The ending to this story was certainly not a happy ending and left me feeling rather sad for a number of days afterwards, though the ending was (unfortunately) one in which I had expected after reading half the story.

                  As for rounding up the story, the ending does this well and Glass even adds a small epilogue which I found a perfect way to end this story. Sometimes epilogues are placed where they are not really needed, though in this case, I felt that this was certainly needed and wrapped up everything in the best possible way.


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                  It is difficult to say whether I enjoyed this book or not as I could never enjoy something so horrendous, though the way that it is written with all the sensitivity combined within the pages certainly made it a book worth reading and it really opened my eyes to a whole other world which is so close to each and every one of us.

                  I managed to pick this up at a car boot sale for 50p which was an amazing bargain The RRP is £6.99.

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                    Very well written

                    Damaged, by Cathy Glass is the most moving book I've ever read. It follows the story of a little 8 year old girl Jodie who goes to live with a foster carer after being horrifically abused.

                    Its a true story although the names, dates and places have been changed for obvious reasons. The story is narrated by Cathy Glass, she is Jodie's foster mother. She takes the little girl in after a string of other foster carers just couldn't cope with her problems and needs. During her time with Cathy and her 3 other children, one of them a former foster child herself, Jodie self harms, messes herself and rubs it all over her face, throws violent tantrums and drives her foster mother to near despair.

                    However Cathy refuses to give up on Jodie and gradually things do get a bit better. Jodie has been mentally, physically and sexually abused all her young life by those who should love her most and keep her from harm, her parents. The little girl, although only 8 years old, is violent and aggressive towards the other children and at one point Cathy does worry for their safety.

                    Josie has been totally desensitised, she's remote and incapable of normal childish love often mistaking any form of affection for something sexual, tragically its al she's ever known.

                    Damaged is written with brutal honesty, its an insight into the world of the foster parent and the dreadful situations they are required to deal with. It takes terrific strength to look after a child who has been treated like Jodie, and although there were a few slight break throughs it must have been very demoralising. Although I found the book totally absorbing and I literally couldn't put it down I also found it incredibly disturbing, often reducing me to tears. How could so called human beings treat an innocent little girl in such an appalling way!

                    It opened my eyes to the situations that foster carers have to deal with on a daily basis and I also felt incredibly sad for Cathy's own 3 children. They tried their hardest to involve Jodie in games, play and general family life, but got very little or no reward from it. I'm not sure I would have put my own family through all that trauma but sadly we need people like Cathy Glass to take these children in and show them what real family love and security is.



                    Cathy Glass is a pseudonym and has been a foster carer for more than 20 years, in that time she has fostered 50 children. Damaged was first published in 2007 and she now has 8 titles under her belt.

                    Damaged is published by Harper Element
                    IBSN -10 0-00-723636-7
                    Paper back £6.99
                    In the back of the book there is a website that tells you a bit about Cathy Glass and she also does a little update about the children she has written about. I looked to see how Jodie's life has gone since the end of the book. I wont say here in case anyone is reading or thinking of reading it but for those interested its www.cathyglass.co.uk.

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                      Fantastic book to read. Truly Heartbreaking.

                      I have always been in to the true story type books and picked this one up at a bookshop in my local town. I wasn't sure at first, but within the first 2 or 3 pages it had me hooked. I had to continue reading to see what this girl went through and how she managed to get through and become what she is today.
                      This is the first book I read by Cathy Glass and it had me hooked from start to finish, I couldn't put the book down. It is well worth reading. It had me in tears in quite a lot of places but the story was well written. This book has to be one of the saddest books I have ever read, what this girl went through was truly upsetting on all levels. The author, Cathy Glass, is a foster parent and tells her story of this little girl that has been through a very hard time and seen things that most of us will never in our lifetime see.
                      I would recommend this book to anyone that doesn't mind a good cry over a book.

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                        A must buy book - along with the rest in the series

                        Damaged - Cathy Glass.

                        This has got to be the saddest book that I have ever read, not just in the Cathy Glass collection but overall. I couldn't help but sob! It is atrocious that things as described in this book can happen. I have read this book a few times but had to stop now, usually I read books over and over until they are no longer legible but this was too upsetting! Cathy Glass is a hero for doing what she does and being able to publih this book to let the whole world know just what does happen behind closed doors!!!

                        I could never do this book justice by describing it because to experience it you have to read it yourself. I am just going to give a brief breakdown of it.

                        Cathy Glass is a Foster Carer with many years of experience and has taken in and cared for many children.
                        Jodie is a girl with a lot of disturbing emotional and physical scars. Due to the harrowing vicious experiences she has very severe behavioural difficulties and finds it hard to settle with people, especially newly introduced people.
                        Cathy has a very hard challenge ahead of her (understatement of the century) and finds it very difficult. Will she unearth the full extent of Jodie's past and will the poor little girl find peace in her new home.........?

                        Cathy Glass has a way of describing Social Services and their work in a way that is not disrespectful to them but that shows that more could be done by them and a lot of the time its hard for even a foster carer to get the attention that is needed.

                        Read this with caution, may take a couple of attempts before you can read it all.

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                        13.01.2010 00:31
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                        Everyone should read this.

                        This is the most harrowing, heartbreaking story I have ever read, and I read the whole book in a few hours, in tears most of the way through.
                        Writing a review on this book without revealing the disturbing secrets of this poor girl will be difficult, but I'll give it my best shot.
                        Jodie is a girl who holds terrible, terrible secrets, and is being looked after by a foster carer called Cathy. As a result of her past, she has some behavioural difficulties, and for a lot of the book Cathy's efforts go unrewarded. She gives everything to stay strong, though, and despite having children of her own, she finds the time and effort to help Jodie to survive her ordeal.

                        I felt dazed for a few hours after reading this, as it is a very strong story. Cathy is a truly inspirational person, and someone I will always look up too. It also made me very angry at social services, for constantly failing children, and with the recent stories in the news, this book is more hard hitting then ever. It's an emotionally exhausting book to read, and it really will wipe the floor with you. Cathy's love, perseverance and courage is admirable and by the end, you'll wish you could give both Cathy and Jodie a cuddle.

                        While I wouldn't recommend this to the emotionally sensitive, it is an amazing story which is excellently written and really deserves to be read.

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                          08.01.2010 02:00
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                          A brilliant book ,well worth reading , i highly recommend it!

                          I got brought this book for Christmas 2009. My close friend recommended the author. I was soon sucked into the story and could not put the book down. The heart wrenching story of a little girl abused by the ones who should of protected her made me feel physically sad. The astonishing achievements Cathy Glass made in this young girls life are truely amazing. The little girl Jodie even learnt to curb the huge amount of aggression that had been built up from the damaging abuse. Cathy explains things in a way that makes you feel you are there watching everything happening. She also helps you understand the way social services work. This book gave me a brilliant insight to the amazing work a foster carer does. It also allowed me to see how a little girl slowly gave away snippits of her past and what was needed to help her overcome them. I wont give away to much of the plot but it will bring tears to your eyes and keep you reading until the book is finished.

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                            14.08.2009 13:03
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                            True but heartbreaking story.

                            This book was the first in its kind that i had read and it broke my heart. It was the first book that i showed any kind of emotion, and i cried my eyes out. I was so ignorant to the fact that that this actually goes on. It has opened my eyes to just how good i have had it in life. This book has inspired me to become a foster carer in the future. Cathy Glass is such an amazingly strong woman, and i have so much respect for her and all foster carers.

                            This book is a true story about a young girl called "Jodie" who has been moved from carer to carer until she ends up living with Cathy and her family. Things don't start off well and "Jodie" acts in a disturbing manner, Cathy doesn't understand why she is acting like this but as the book progresses "Jodie" starts to open up and Cathy realises just what the poor child has been subjected to at the hands of her family.

                            This book is hard to put down, i needed to keep reading as i needed to know if "Jodie" had a happy ending in her life. The way this child has suffered is beyond comprehension and some scenes in this book will be stuck in my mind forever. This is a fantastic book and really opens your eyes to what some people have to go through in life. I recommend this book but only to strong people as it is heartbreaking.

                            I am really glad Cathy wrote this book as a lot of people do not know or understand that some children don't have brilliant childhood they had, and this may make more people aware of what goes on behind closed doors.

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                            Shows the rewards and difficulties of being a foster carer

                            I seen this book when i was in the airport and decided to buy it seen as how i love true stories. This is the first of Cathy Glass's books and it is brilliant.

                            Cathy is a foster carer and tells the heart renching story of one of her foster children and how difficult it was in that situation.
                            You have to be quite strong minded to read this book, but if you are I would strongly recommend it. This was the first book and one of very few that I have ever showed true emotion to. This book encaptures the struggle of how diffcult it is but yet rewarding.

                            I praise Cathy and anyone else who is a foster carer for being able to do this and this is one of the best books that shows what some children (and their carers) go through in a daily life. Stongly Recommend.

                            Jodie (the foster child) is a young girl who suffered and the hands of monsters. Because of this Jodie's childhood and behavioural problems also suffered. Once you start to read this book I found it impossible to put down, although this book shows the difficulties of how a childhood can be.

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                            22.05.2009 20:28
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                            If you want something to stir up emotions then this is it

                            I've been reading a lot of autobiographical style books lately, the 'heat-rendering' type ones, and came across this in the library as the aptly subtitled 'the heartbreaking true story of a forgotten child' caught my eye.

                            Damaged is written by Cathy Glass, which is a pseudonym to protect her identity. Cathy tells the true story of one particular girl, Jodie, who was placed in her care. I don't know much about fostering agencies, or the processes involved with social services, so this book was a real eye-opener, especially in light of recent cases like baby P.

                            Cathy had 20 years fostering experience, plus three kids; two her own and one whom she adopted after fostering her. I knew this was going to make an interesting read from early when she says of how the agency was turning to her as their best, and possibly only, chance for a girl who had already been placed with 4 different carers over the same amount of months.

                            I don't want to give too much away, but Cathy basically tells us of how the young girl became to be damaged, what happened in the time spent under care and what goes on behind the scenes of care agencies. 'Heartbreaking' probably isn't strong enough to describe how I felt this book to be; what happened to this poor little girl, of 8 years went she went into Cathy's care, was beyond belief. I know awful things happen behind closed doors, but I was shocked and disgraced so many times throughout this book that it was quite hard to believe it could all be true.

                            Jodie was already on the at-risk register before she went into care, yet remained with her parents despite so many tell-tale signs of abuse. As the story unravels, we learn of how significant the abuse was and the terrible damage it did to Jodie. It's hardly surprising she was a handful as she was dealing with so much. The consequences the abuse had on on this little girl is tragic; not only did she grow up thinking these things were normal, she believed they were signs of love and care. Whilst she was with Cathy, she also seemed to have developed multi-personality disorder, where her personality had fragmented as a way of dealing with the trauma. Her parents, who had sexually abused her for years, were found to be involved in a porn ring including 'aunts & uncles' and the list of horrific ordeals she went through is too numerous and disturbing to write here.

                            What was almost as shocking were the failures of the child care system who were supposed to be protecting this little girl when they knew she may be in danger, and their failures later on when placing her into foster care. Later the case goes to court and although there's some justice done and there is a glimmer of hope by the last page, I was left so angry at how unfair the whole story was.

                            Cathy's style of writing was excellent in my opinion. She was factual and detailed, yet managed to provoke so many emotions without making it obvious. Because it was so well writen, I found it easy to read (though the content wasn't pleasant to read) and it was definitely a page-turner. I could hardly put this book down because I wanted to know what happened next, and I felt that I gained some new perspectives and insights into child abuse, the welfare system and fostering. In fact, although handling Jodie sounded almost impossible, it made me seriously consider fostering in the future (so it must have been a very provocative book to do that!). It also shows how one persons love and perseverence can make all the difference, so in that respect it was quite heart-warming.

                            Overall I would definitely recommend this book. It's not a nice read by any means, but it's thought provoking, interesting and well written. It was realised 2007 and RRP is £6.99, but it can be found cheaper (eg. Amazon at £4.99).

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