• The Saddest Girl in the World

  • By: Cathy Glass
  • Narrated by: Denica Fairman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 28-08-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
  • 5 out of 5 stars 4.9 (78 ratings)

Summary

The Sunday Times and New York Times best-selling author of Damaged tells the true story of Donna, who came into foster care aged 10, having been abused, victimised, and rejected by her family. Donna has been in foster care with her two young brothers for three weeks when she is abruptly moved to Cathy's. When Donna arrives she is silent, withdrawn, and walks with her shoulders hunched forward and her head down. Donna is clearly a very haunted child and refuses to interact with Cathy's children, Adrian and Paula. After patience and encouragement from Cathy, Donna slowly starts to talk and tells Cathy that she blames herself for her and her brothers being placed in care. The social services were aware that Donna and her brothers had been neglected by their alcoholic mother, but no one realised the extent of the abuse they were forced to suffer. The truth of the physical torment she was put through slowly emerges, and as Donna grows to trust Cathy she tells her how her mother used to make her wash herself with wire wool so that she could get rid of her skin colour as her mother was so ashamed that Donna was mixed race.
The psychological wounds caused by the bullying she received also start to resurface when Donna starts reenacting the ways she was treated at home by hitting and bullying Paula, so much so that Cathy can't let Donna out of her sight.
As the pressure begins to mount on Cathy to help this child, things start to get worse and Donna begins behaving in erratic ways, trashing her bedroom and being regularly abusive towards Cathy's children. Cathy begins to wonder if she can find a way to help this child or if Donna's scars run too deep.
©2014 Cathy Glass (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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Critic reviews

Reviews for Damaged:
"Cannot fail to move those who read it. ( Adoption-net)
"Heartbreaking" ( Mirror)
"A truly harrowing read that made me cry" ( Sun)
"A true tale of hope ( OK!)
"Foster carers rarely get the praise they deserve, but Cathy Glass's book should change all that" ( First magazine)
"A hugely touching and emotional true tale ( Star magazine)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Natasha on 16-01-15

very sad

I really enjoyed this book. another good book from Cathy Glass. another book well narrated as well. I do really enjoy this narrator. I love reading Cathy Glass books I find them very interesting and inspiring. I would recommend this book to people who like this type of book

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 28-04-18

made me cry<br />

have enjoyed many Cathy stories but
this one was so sad admire her so much

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5 out of 5 stars
By $$$ on 18-07-18

she does it again!

Another great book by Cathy Glass. Readers will not disapointed with this unique story of a young girl in need of more than just a home.

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4 out of 5 stars
By M. Collins on 04-05-18

Makes me want to be a foster mom

I enjoyed the book but the performance was at times hard to listen to, when the performer did the kids voices it sounded like a joke! Kids do not talk like that and would have been better just to say who was talking and read it in her normal voice. The story was good but the saddest girl in the world is a strong title for this young girl. It was touching and I would recommended it to others

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