Janine allowed herself AND HER CHILDREN to live in an awful, abusive relationship for years, but still has room to be critical of her sister and her life choices?
Janine's love for others, her sisters, her mother, and other women in her life rang out loud and clear and familiar.
I believe Janine Latus to be one of the most self-centered, overtly pathetic "female-as-victim" authors I have ever had the displeasure of reading. On this 8 and 1/2 hour audio, her sister's story slowly and painfully emerges--it all but mirrors Janine's, except she was killed by her abuser. And when I say slowly and painfully, it's because Latus spent approximately 7 hours of the audio whining about her own situation, and, of course, calling her sister fat over and over again.
We get to know Amy as a family member would know her-- in this case, as a little sister. In the end, Janine is divorced and Amy is dead. Janine ends up flat broke and alone, starting over as she has again and again; Amy's admitted murderer ends up with the possibility of parole in twenty years or less. Their mother, even in the early 80's when divorce was still not particularly common, stepped up to support her family, left her lecherous husband, and eventually found a relatively happy life, even if only for a while. Above all, I'm now rooting for this woman I don't know, who lives and exists somewhere with her daughter, and hoping that she found a more happy existence.
You are led to think that the book is about Amy's murder, but it is really all about the author.
From what I understood, this book is supposed to be about the author's younger sister being murdered. But as I said before, very little of this book had to do with the sister's murder. But the fact that the book was supposed to be about the sister's murder, I think that should have been the more prominent topic.
I certainly have sympathy toward anyone in an abusive relationship, but the title of the book was all wrong.
The book is a Sister's Story of Love, Murder, and Liberation. As I read the reviews below, I understand over and over why friends of mine have not reported violence, domestic abuse, and sexual assault to friends, relatives, and authorities. And before you wonder about me - no, I am not a current victim of abuse, but I know those who have been. This author didn't promise you the gruesome details of her sister's murder. She promised you a story of love, murder, and liberation from her point of view, and I think that's what she delivered. I think that some people must have read this book hoping for gory details and must have been disappointed not to get them. It also makes me thank God that I like myself enough to know that no husband/boyfriend is better than a bad one.
It's horrifying to read how the intelligent, witty, educated author gets beaten to a pulp by her boyfriend on a ski trip, or how the man she turns to turns out to later be abusive himself--after he's her husband. It's gross, it's objectifying, and it's awful to read how she tried to justify it while looking down at other women who weren't "liberated." And her sister Amy's life proves that things do not always turn out well--it's not always ok in the end, everyone doesn't always find someone who will love them. It's frustrating to read her journals--of COURSE he doesn't love you, you want to scream. The author finally leaves her husband, just before Amy is killed, and she clearly hopes for better things, but this isn't one of those "I left my husband and now everything is better" things.