Unraveling Charlie

Unraveling Charlie Donald McLean was twelve years old when his older sister s favorite teacher Charlie Schoeler asked if he wanted to go to the beach Within a month Mr Schoeler began molesting him It was an act that wou

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  • Title: Unraveling Charlie
  • Author: DonaldMcLean
  • ISBN: 9781475224115
  • Page: 413
  • Format: Paperback
  • Donald McLean was twelve years old when his older sister s favorite teacher Charlie Schoeler asked if he wanted to go to the beach Within a month Mr Schoeler began molesting him It was an act that would be repeated many times in the next three and a half years Despite this, Mr McLean s approach to having been molested as a child is very different from the accounts weDonald McLean was twelve years old when his older sister s favorite teacher Charlie Schoeler asked if he wanted to go to the beach Within a month Mr Schoeler began molesting him It was an act that would be repeated many times in the next three and a half years Despite this, Mr McLean s approach to having been molested as a child is very different from the accounts we all hear from other victims He not only grew up strong and astoundingly normal, but he maintained a curiosity about his molester that enabled him not just to see him as the sick and destructive person he was, but to appreciate the disease that lay behind the horror even to establish an adult relationship with Charlie, who had become by then the drunken, disturbed, powerless figure who had always lain behind the artificial mask of power.Mr McLean takes the reader through the initial years, when he was subject to Charlie s whims, through the time when the teen aged boy began to grasp the insidiousness of what was happening That understanding was what allowed him to escape, to become a well adjusted, full grown man, one who has been happily married for 25 years.But the effects of the years between twelve and fifteen had a great impact on Don s life It took him until his mid 20s before he started putting his life back together He spent a number of years as a drug dealer, had difficult relationships with girlfriends and most of the other people in his life He was even largely cut off from his large and close family for some time Children who endure the kind of sickness that Charlie Schoeler brought are often warped for all time.But this is what is so different about Donald McLean and his life He was able to break from Charlie and assert a level of power and independence, to lead an extremely satisfying life He is able to see Charlie through clear and even sympathetic eyes.This is called A Fictionalized Memoir Names have been changed, some characters have been merged But Don is real and Charlie Schoeler was real The acts in this book happened as described That Mr McLean presents it without rage and with understanding makes this volume unique.

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    1. I thought this book was a very well written book. I read it quickly as it flowed along smoothly. was able to portray the insecurities and the doubt, the rage and the confusion all without being drawn down into those feelings without being overwhelmed by them. I wanted to just give Don a hug and tell him how proud of him that he stood up for himself and didn't let this influence too much of his life. I think it was a great book to show that you can move on and up, even after this type of abuse.I [...]

    2. I received this as a good reads giveaway book! Thank you so much! This was an incredible book! I knew from the first handful of pages that I would enjoy it. It was a heartbreaking story of the author growing up with the physical and emotional turmoil that comes with abuse. The story was well written and engrossing. I emphasized with the author and felt it as if I was there with him. I'd recommend this book to all my friends.

    3. When one thinks about it, when one really puts his analytical mind to the test, Donald McLean has accomplished something amazing and it isn't what you think it is. The idea of presenting a child molester, of which to most of us in society is the lowest class of criminals, as something humane and living, with real emotions, turmoil, flaws, and pathos has been done before, albeit rarely. Also, the concept that Donald can, if not forgive, then at least try to at least understand his abuser is the h [...]

    4. In an almost lifelong research about sexual abuse (not a very long life, but still), I've read an important share of memories about these kind of experiences, by different survivors. This book was different in a positive way. Even though it's called "Unraveling Charlie" (Charlie being the predator), it is more what we discover about young Donald in this book. I do not want to say we don't get to know anything about the way Charlie thinks and acts. But, in the end, it's no novelty. What is told d [...]

    5. This book is marketed as a "fictional memoir," which I took to mean it was a fictional book written in memoir style. I was surprised to learn that it is a fictionalized version of the author's own experiences. This was a very well-written, detailed story about Donnie, a young boy who was molested by a trusted elementary school teacher, and it follows him from the time the molestation begins to when he begins standing up to Charlie, how being molested affected him in the teenage and young adult y [...]

    6. I received this book from GoodReads First Reads. This book was very emotional because of the content and the fact it really happened. I talked with my children about what to do if something happened to you and also some of the things that I had never thought of like if it's someone we trust or if they slowly build up to it. I read a lot of it out loud to my family, I thought it was very well written and it touched my heart.

    7. A unique memoir about a survivor of child abuse. It is sad and brave. It made me feel, at times, incredibly angry and also incredibly proud of the author.

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