Knowledge Base Glossary    Contact Us
Browse by Category
Knowledge Base .: Archives Fiction and Non-Fiction Reviews .: Biographies and Memoirs .: Riding Through It (A Memoir)

Riding Through It (A Memoir)

Click Here To Purchase From Amazon Riding Through It (A Memoir)

Author: Carol McKibben

Publisher: Outskirts Press

ISBN: 1-59800-941-9

Keep riding through it, this is the advice Carol McKibben offers people, women  especially, who have been in a similar position as herself.

At the age of 30, Carol’s husband sexually assaulted her despite her desperate pleas. It was time for Carol to take drastic action.

Here she tells her story about people who are vivid characters but most of all the ones who are loathsome. Throughout this book her somewhat dysfunctional family figures largely. 

Always being teased from a young age called “fatty, fatty four-by-four, couldn’t get through the kitchen door!” Carol lost much of her confidence at the age of eight when she became known as the fat kid. If only her tormenters understood why she was so fat, it was not her fault - she simply had glandular disorder. A thyroid problem that meant whatever she ate, she’d instantly pile on pounds.

For years Carol grew up not knowing what true love meant.

Dating the wrong type of boys led to trouble. Despite her parents, Carol went on to date many young men. Messed and mixed up with the teasing, Carol ended up sleeping around.

At college Carol met Adam who she later married after foolishly becoming pregnant at the age of nineteen. She thought he loved her - what else was Carol to think. For years, the constant teasing had left a deep emotional scar in her resulting in Carol making the wrong decisions. Marrying Adam couldn’t have been more deadly. Adam had been covering up a drinking problem but promised Carol he’d get help. Carol tries to get help herself but doesn’t listen to the people who warn her that Adam is a bad influence.

Meetings at Alcoholics Anonymous were a frequent thing for Adam but they soon became considerably less and less until eventually Adam made his first sexual attack on her. Shocked and distraught, Carol did not know what to do. Is this all she deserves after all she has gone through?

Will she finally be able to rid herself of the monster she married or is she simply too naive and confused to see the truth?

This is a very poignant novel, the situations are so raw and believable and dialogue is also so true to life. Parts of this biography made me feel very uncomfortable, especially the horrible episodes Carol had to endure with her toad-of-a husband who I think all readers will love to hate.

To me I felt that Carol was so mixed up with the bullying she endured as a child, she came across as a naďve little girl who slept around freely. This is only my opinion, others may think otherwise.

Altogether this is a very atmospheric book. I really got a feeling for the place where Carol lived. I could almost see her horrible husband who she married. He struck me as a man who’d lie through anything just to get his own way. At times Adam got me so angry that he could behave in that way that I just wanted shout Carol “leave him!”.

The people in this true story are vividly  portrayed with an ending that thankfully ties up all the loose ends and one where Carol manages to find her Mr Perfect. A very good book to be enjoyed by everyone.

The above review was contributed by: Jessica Roberts: Jessica has been a book reviewer for a newspaper and a national women's magazine and is working on a novel. To read more of Jessica's reviews CLICK HERE 

Click Here To Purchase From Amazon Riding Through It (A Memoir)

Related Articles

article Riding the Storm Out
Author: McKenna AndrewsISBN: 1-4-4116-7216-XThe following review was contributed by: Sue Vogan:  To read more of Sue's reviews Click HereBeing nine-years old is something in itself, but being musically inclined and athletically talented is nothing short of well rounded. However, McKenna Andrews has raised the bar on what a child is able to accomplish -- to write and publish a book and choosing striking pictures to compliment it.

(No rating)  3-27-2006    Views: 4213   
article Horseback Riding Vacations
If you are interested in horseback riding vacations, you may want to check out Norm's interview with equestrian expert, Darley Newman who shares her vast knowledge with him.CLICK HERE to read the Interview.

(No rating)  7-10-2006    Views: 3896   
article Manic (a memoir)
Click Here To Purchase From Amazon Manic A Memoir  Author: Terri Cheney

(No rating)  3-5-2008    Views: 5128   
article Manic: A Memoir
Click Here To Purchase From Amazon Manic A MemoirAuthor: Terri CheneyISBN:  978-0-06-143023-7 

(No rating)  2-19-2008    Views: 5416   
article Spirit Matters: A Memoir
  Author: Matthew J. PallamaryISBN: 978-1-4343-1801-5Publisher: Mystic Ink Publishing Click Here To Purchase Spirit Matters

(No rating)  6-2-2008    Views: 7344   
article Charlie’s Notes: A Memoir
Author: Cherie Kerr ISBN: 09648882-7-0 This review was contributed by Kathryn Atwood Click Here To View More Of Kathryn's Reviews                      Cherie Kerr's memoir of her father Carluchi (Charlie) DePietro is "a true American story" in every sense of the phrase.  It is a book about the aspirations of turn-of-the-century European immigrants, it is a book about the hopes and dreams of their children, and it is a book about the American love affair with popular music and the...

(No rating)  7-8-2005    Views: 18708   
article Spirit Matters: A Memoir
Click Here To Purchase Spirit Matters: A Memoir Author: Matthew J. PallamaryISBN: 978-1-4343-1801-5Matthew J. Pallamary’s Spirit Matters: A Memoir is a powerful attestation that splendidly recreates one man’s quest for truth.  While it may not endear him to the proponents of the war on drugs, it nonetheless deserves a reading with an open mind even though at times it may read like one long psychedelic journ

(No rating)  4-18-2008    Views: 7686   
article Few Are Chosen-A Campaign Memoir
 Click Here To Purchase Few Are Chosen-A Campaign MemoirAuthor: Prof. Douglas McFarlandISBN: 978-1-59298-227-1 It is not very often that someone would pen memoirs of an event in his life where he was unsuccessful in reaching his ultimate goal. However, such is not the case with Prof. Douglas McFarland who in the early 1992 ran for the Republican Party’s nomination as candidate for the US Senate in Minnesota and lost.Prof. McFarland, who is presently a la

(No rating)  5-19-2008    Views: 4107   
article SixtyFive Roses: A Sister's Memoir
Click Here To Purchase SixtyFive Roses: A Sister's Memoir   Author: Heather Summerhayes CariouISBN: 13: 978-1-55278-678-9: 10: 1-55278-678-1Publisher: McArthur & CompanyIn a wrenching memoir that exacts a huge emotional toll on its readers, Heather Summerhayes Cariou, author of SIXTYFIVE ROSES, has effectively conveyed the turbulence and sadness that a family endures as it deals with the caring for a child who was born with Cystic Fibrosis.                   

(No rating)  9-19-2008    Views: 6127   
article What Everyone Believed: A Memoir of Intuition and Awakening
Click Here To Purchase What Everyone Believed: A Memoir of Intuition and AwakeningAuthor: Christine HoeflichBetween Worlds PublishingISBN: 978-0-979-6589-0-7

(No rating)  9-6-2008    Views: 5570   

User Comments

No comments have been posted.

.: Powered by Lore 1.5.2