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Stray

Memoir of a Runaway
Narrated by: Tanya Marquardt
Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Brutal and beautiful, Stray is the true story of a girl who runs away and finds herself.

After growing up in a dysfunctional and emotionally abusive home, Tanya Marquardt runs away on her sixteenth birthday. Her departure is an act of rebellion and survival - whatever she is heading toward has to be better than what she is leaving behind. 

Struggling with her inner demons, Tanya must learn to take care of herself during two chaotic years in the working-class mill town of Port Alberni, followed by the early-nineties underground goth scene in Vancouver, British Columbia. She finds a chosen family in her fellow misfits, and the bond they form is fierce and unflinching. 

Told with raw honesty and strength, Stray reveals Tanya’s fight to embrace the vulnerable, beguiling parts of herself and heal the wounds of her past as she forges her own path to a new life.

©2018 Tanya Marquardt (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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This memoir is highly recommend to victims of a dysfunctional family. As a survivor I can say that reading this memoir helped me to feel not alone.

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Do Not Read

This book had nothing to do with the description. It was a self involved teenager who wanted to be an adult without getting a job, or doing any work. Leaves her house, lives with a friend and goes back home. Poor story flow. Self indulgent. Insulting to real runaways.

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it was okay but not great

I found the book a little tedious and boring at times. however I did want to hear events thought the end, even though I knew new pretty much what it was.

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Pretty Interesting...

This true story was pretty interesting and , I thought, tells the story of so many other children in our world who are trying their best to "make it" the best way they can with what support, little as it may be, that they are given but somehow rising above it all. I did understand and appreciated that the author narrated her own character, however, I did not enjoy her narration of some of the other characters - especially her mother's. This depiction actually took away from my enjoyment , as it sounded really artificial.

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Opportunity for greater understanding

When a book brings me to a greater understanding of unfamiliar life paths and experiences, I am grateful for the expansion. When I find my impressions of others has been softened with compassion, I am humbled by the privilege. I thank Tanya Marquardt for the offer of her experiences. Add to that, she does a fine narration of her book in audible.

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Unengaging

Quite frankly, I can't stand the narrator's voice....but also, this story is uninteresting. Many people are raised this way and the author sounds like a whiner. Many kids have had it much worse.

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  • ken Kroeger
  • 09-09-18

great read

Not sure what made me want to read this book but am really happy that I did.