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Tressa Middleton made UK history when she became Britain's youngest mum in 2006 aged just 12 years and eight months. Her case provoked shock and outrage - but the truth behind the headlines was far sadder than anyone could ever have imagined. 

Born into a life of poverty and neglect, Tressa was forced to grow up fast when was she taken into care at just four years old. She was returned to her mother's chaotic world, but by the age of seven, she was being abused by her own brother and at 11 years old she fell pregnant with his child. For years she kept his dark secret in an attempt to hold her family together until the truth threatened to destroy her completely. 

In the years since the birth, Tressa has gone through more pain and turmoil than most adults experience in a lifetime - yet today she survives a brave, strong and compassionate young woman. Now, for the first time, Tressa Middleton tells her own harrowing yet poignant story - a story of hope, forgiveness and, above all, love.

©2015 Tressa Middleton (P)2018 W.F. Howes Ltd

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truly amazing such a beautiful n strong Young wome

what an amazing n strong beautiful young woman a MUST READ!! her inner strength n character unbelievable

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Sad Story, Hopeful Ending!

I recommend this book if you are interested in true stories of overcoming abuse! How hard it must be for Tressa to learn to lead a normal, healthy life after such dysfunction.

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MUST READ!!

This book was beyond a good listen. The whole time listening I kept thinking things can't get worse for this child!! I wanted to hug her and tell her it's not your fault.

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Great book

This was a great book! Brought tears to my eyes and inspired me. Tressa was so strong and brave from such a young age!

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Heartbreaking and inspiring

Story is absolutely heartbreaking, but this young lady is inspiring as well. Her strength is undeniable!!

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beautifully intense

this was a definite struggle to listen to as I've been there too, but wonderful nonetheless.

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overall depressing

I struggled to finish this book. Just when things start getting better for Tressa things spiral down again. A very sad lifestyle for a child.

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It kept my interests.

It helped me understand a teenagers thought process. It kept my interests. It was well done

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  • Johanna
  • 08-24-18

Heartbreaking and genuine

This was not an easy listening. I usually cant 'put down' a good book once I've started however this particular story made me pause several times to be able to catch my mind. Her reflections on her life are simple but strikes you right in the chest, I found myself emerged in my own imagination, seeing the places, knowing the people, feeling the pain. It came alive in a way that only those special stories do. The ones you will have a hard time letting go of.

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  • Jason Moore
  • 12-12-19

Excellent narration, too many questions

The overall story of Tressa life so far, is very very sad but I felt it left me with way too many questions. There were a few contradictions and the timeline of events didn't make sense. despite these issues it is beyond comprehension how anyway can allow their own children to grow up in such a dangerous environment. I wanted to rescue all the children in this story and show what a living home and family is really like.
I hope that Tressa manages to stay clean and goes on the lead a happy and healthy life full of the live she deserves.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-07-18

Wonderfully told story and narration

I remember this story originally but not the truth. Glad I know the true events and Tressa has told her story. May her life hold a happier journey now. Thankyou for telling your story. Had me gripped from start to finish.

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  • Dominique B.
  • 08-14-21

Bit of a predictable sob story but....

sympathetically and appropriately performed.
All in all enjoyable although a bit deja vue.
Can't help but think tgat it's just further capitalization of the circumstances.

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  • nicki
  • 07-13-21

A true account about overcoming adversity

I remember this story breaking and condemned the whole family for being scum. I shed a few tears through this book and regret my first impressions. Well worth a read.

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  • Chihuahua Mummy 🐶
  • 07-07-21

Heartbreaking story 🥺

This is such a hard story to read, to see how this child had been so badly failed by those who were meant to look after her. The one place you’re meant to be safe - home, wasn’t safe. It’s very worthwhile though. It is the type of story that leaves an impact, long after you finish the book. 🥺

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  • christinemcnulty
  • 05-26-21

true story

An excellent narration,such a sad,shocking story,but shows what a person can overcome with determination, and how there is a future after the past.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-13-21

Worth a listen but a hard story to hear

What a life for someone so young! Poor girl who had to grow up before her time, who was robbed of her childhood & was then expected to make sensible decisions & choices. This was hard to listen to in places & I’m amazed she turned out to be such a decent human being in the end. Tressa is a strong, sensible, incredible young woman who overcame so much in her short life. Narration was good & really helped get the feel for Tressa, although did make her seem a little whiny in places

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  • kerry baker
  • 12-26-20

Tressa

I remember reading about this girl in the paper at the time and I was interested to learn more about her story. Wasn't the easiest story to listen too as she had such a hard childhood but hopefully she will have a better future.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-14-20

horrowing

A true story of an abused love girl who just wanted love. overcame the impossible. the story drew me in and I listened to every last minute.

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  • debbie
  • 05-16-18

strength and admiration

loved this although at times I found very difficult to listen to what Tressa endured. I remember hearing about this in the media and has opened my eyes more. thankyou for sharing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-03-18

Raw, heart breaking, eye opening.

I loved this book. It was wonderfully written and beautifully read. Such an honest, raw, account written by Tressa. It was heart wrenching and the courage Tressa must have, to be through what she has and to share it with others is so incredible. An eye opening must read!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-20-21

beautifully told

I wish she had if finished stronger like the survivor that she is. she came along way and I felt she used her child voice very well. more positivity at the end would have made her more of a survivor nor a victim. she is still grieving for her family and has some survivor guilt that she need not carry. poor Tressa. good story telling

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  • Lisa Robson
  • 06-16-21

Wow

Trigger Warning - not for the feint hearted. Such courage and bravery. Very hard to listen to at times but worth getting all the way through. Good luck for the future Tressa.

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  • Djp
  • 06-12-20

amazing book

wow. what strength she had. so brave to tell her story.
amazing. a must listen too.