Book Reviews for Just Another Girl’s Story, A Memoir on Finding Redemption
“Okay, I don’t even know where to begin because this book covers so much and it’s hard to just sum up… “Just Another Girl’s Story” by Laura Eckert is one of the most powerful, moving, and addicting memoirs/autobiography’s books I’ve read in a long time. First- the writing was stellar. The strong word choice and fluid narrative prose makes it a very easy book to sink into and just get lost, and Ms. Eckert’s writing style is so natural and authentic – really pulls us right in in an intimate manner as she shares her candid… and downright shocking (and sometimes sad) life experiences with us. There are enough descriptions where you can picture every scene perfectly, but not so much that it bogs down the pacing. It wastes no time getting right to it, as she shares her life as a young sex addict who is impregnated by her stepbrother at a very young age… but that is really just the beginning of it all and we really run the gamut of emotions here. I was profoundly moved by so many scenes and thought that how she found her faith and turned her life around was incredibly inspiring. There is quite the cast of characters that come through this storyline and affect her life one way or another (told in narrative ‘memory’ format.) I definitely experienced the full range of emotions with this one, but the ending leaves us feeling inspired and having hope – I absolutely loved the husband Shawn’s letter at the end also. Recommend for mature fans of real-life memoirs (lots of adult content and subjects). (5 stars)” Anabella Johnson—Goodreads; Barnes & Noble; Indie Book Reviewers
“Memoires remain ever popular, especially those about breaking the bonds of an addiction, but few truly connect with their readers and the few that do so tend to be those that are brutally honest. Just Another Girl’s Story: Abortion and Addiction Recovery and Finding Redemption certainly falls into the latter category with Eckert pulling no punches as she delivers a moving and determined account of recovery and personal transformation. Compelling and often heart-breaking, it’s a difficult genre in which to write and without a willingness to veer away from safe ground it is often hard to reach readers on an emotional level and yet this is what Eckert does as she shares the most personal and painful parts of her life.
The calling of a memoirist can be daunting and Eckert’s memoir isn’t for the feint hearted. It is elegiac and searching as she reflects on her own sense of drift and isolation and she has a gift for writing through which she conveys a relentless sense immediacy.
Highly introspective and never self-indulgent it makes for a very powerful read and one that is highly recommended.” – Book Viral
“Just Another Girl’s Story: A Memoir On Finding Redemption by Laura Eckert is a heartbreaking, revealing memoir that explores one woman’s inner wounds and her struggle against depression, taking the reader along on a difficult journey to inner freedom and redemption. Laura Eckert was a broken soul at the tender age of sixteen when she had her first abortion, but that wasn’t enough. Another abortion happened when she was seventeen.
An alcoholic at a youthful age and besieged by frequent bouts of depression, Laura experienced a lot of suffering and shame, unable to heal and gain her freedom from sex addiction. But then she turns thirty and is compelled to take responsibility for her two children and her home. She found freedom and redemption in giving and receiving love. Her journey towards personal transformation is chronicled in these pages, a story that will encourage anyone fettered by any form of addiction to seek hope and healing.
Laura’s story is wonderfully written in a voice that is as clear as it is unwavering, and readers will be gripped by the honesty in her voice and her courage to bare her soul to the reader. She talks about things people would rather carry with them to the grave and, in so doing, she demonstrates that any broken soul can find the light of freedom and the healing they deserve. The writing is fluid and it features very emotionally rich passages and insightful thoughts. Just Another Girl’s Story: A Memoir On Finding Redemption is both entertaining and inspiring, a story that carries the powerful message that we can’t be broken beyond repair.” – Reviewed by Divine Zape for Reader’s Favorite
“Just… wow. “Just Another Girl’s Story” by Laura Eckert is an emotionally touching and well-crafted personal memoir. I’ve never read anything like it before and I was mesmerized by her amazing journey. I was drawn in from the very beginning and was completely hooked the whole way through. At first I thought it might be too sad/intense/uncomfortable for me to actually be able to enjoy it, because this isn’t exactly what you would think of as being a ‘happy’ or ‘fun’ book….. but it was the profound flawed and troubled humanity, the realness, and then the positive message of God’s love, and finding strength and hope despite the darkest, worst circumstances that permeated the pages and kept me reading late into the evening. There is a lot of life and drama in these pages, and Laura Eckert is such a great storyteller, it’s like a friend or family member is talking and we just want to keep listening. It is told all in mostly narrative prose, which is nicely-written and very well-edited. I enjoyed every page… even the ‘harsher’ ones. A very inspiring tale of courage and overcoming one’s past to creating a better life. Recommend. (5 stars)” Tabitha Parks—Goodreads; Barnes & Noble; Indie Book Reviewers
“This is the autobiographical chronicle of one person’s difficult journey through life.
Growing up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Laura was the sort of child who lived for pranks and practical jokes in Catholic school. Dad walked out on the family when Laura was very young. Mom eventually remarried, and just before Laura was about to start high school, announced that the family was moving to a small town 40 miles away.
Laura found herself living the life of an addict. Her addiction was not to drugs or alcohol. She was addicted to sex, with Shawn, her 2-years-younger step-brother. They were intimate whenever, and wherever, they could be. The concept of “protected sex” was unknown to them, so, an abortion when Laura was 16 years old was followed by another one a year later. Her family was very supportive. At age 18, she decided to keep her third pregnancy. The family did what they could to keep them apart, but they used any opportunity to be together.
Laura began to turn her life around, going back to school and working as a waitress. She told her family the truth about her and Shawn. He joined the Army, and was stationed in Colorado. One night, he called her and asked her to marry him, along with moving to Colorado. She immediately said Yes. Now with two children, they managed, except for their frequent arguments, where their sordid past was never far away.
After Shawn’s Army tour was done, they immediately moved back to Wisconsin. Studying for her Bachelor’s degree, she elected to write a paper on abortion for one of her classes. It forced her to re-examine her feelings from her two trips to the abortion clinic. She had a very hard time dealing with it. She withdrew from her family, and started drinking heavily, which her family certainly noticed. Can God ever forgive me for my actions? Can I ever forgive myself? When I reach Heaven, will the souls of my unborn children welcome me or, figuratively, turn their backs on me?
This is a very open and heartfelt chronicle of one person’s experience with the aftermath of abortion. Any woman having a similar hard time would do very well to read this book. Anyone, male or female, who wants to know more than just the politics of abortion, would do very well to read this book. It is well worth the time.” – Dead Trees Review Blog
“I loved Laura’s story. It was inspiring and touching to know that I am not alone in my thoughts or feelings on certain situations. It was incredible to see everything that she went through and how far she has come. I would definitely suggest this book to friends and family especially the ones that may have ended up in similar situations, to let them know that they are not alone and that life can go on and life is what you make it. A beautiful story!” – C.J. Huehn
“How to describe “Just Another Girl’s Story”, other than say it is by far one of the most engaging, emotionally moving, and enlightening books I’ve read in a long time! I have already loaned it to my mother to read, (it is right up her alley…) The author Laura Eckert writes a true story about her childhood/teen/ early adult years that can rival the most dramatic and scandalous and shocking fiction novel…She takes us into her world right from the opening pages (which sets the tone for the rest of this dramatic, provocative book), and skillfully narrates a wide-ranging storyline full of complex and deeply emotional issues. In my opinion it really is her openness and candidness and her ability to own up to her life mistakes and be real about her situation — her humility and strength makes us really pull for her throughout her personal struggles. As much as I hate to admit it – sometimes reading about someone who has endured or suffered more than you helps to put your own life in a different perspective, and see that if she can survive it all… and come out better… there is hope for others as well. A memorable read and a keeper for sure. Recommend for fans of spiritual memoirs, but there is a lot of ‘edgy’ topics covered. I’m guessing from the subject matter that this is a one-shot deal from Ms. Eckert but I hope not – I’d love to read more from her someday. (4-5 stars)” Gillian Hancock—Goodreads; Barnes & Noble; Indie Book Reviewers
“Just Another Girl’s Story by Laura Eckert is a personal memoir, and story of love, loss, courage, hope, faith, grief, and redemption!
Starting off with a bang, within the first pages quotes such as: “when deep in the throes of a heated debate, I demanded to know why my perceived enemy could not understand my point of view. By then I never failed in firmly placing God at the center of my arguments, and those who didn’t see eye to eye with me wound up on my ‘THIS PERSON’S AN IDIOT LIST.”
Eckert dives into her tale, with striking candor, and the courage to admit her wrongs, by admitting her self-righteous, opinionated attitude was part of the root of her anger, and therefore destruction. She immediately highlights for her readers the many trials and tribulations that brought her to the deepest pits of despair. From a poor upbringing with the classic-parents in denial-problems, she admits that her blame placing and hatred towards everything and everyone who didn’t agree with her, caused a dysfunctional life, and corrupted emotional core.
After two abortions in her teens, a destructive and dangerous addiction to sex and love, and other contributing damaging factors, Eckert was headed to nowhere, fast. She was resentful and angry, and refused to acknowledge her own part in her mistakes, until she woke up. Somebody made her aware of her spoiled and selfish behavior, causing her to do a 360 in the opposite direction by admitting her flaws and faults, character defects, and other issue–the only true way to ever overcome being ‘damaged.’
Eckert takes her readers on a roller-coaster ride of emotions gone array, and then to healing and self-salvation in an excellent and revealing, brutally honest, manner that is admirable as much as it is brave. Just another Girl’s Story is a must-read for fans of memoirs, tell-all’s, self-help, spiritual awakening-motivated-stories, and anyone looking for truth in a novel, about a young woman who could have ended up another sad statistic, but instead fought for her happiness and allowed herself to heal, completely.
Great read.” – Nicole S. Aviles
“I knew by the 20% mark that I would really love this book and it would go on my “favorites” shelf, and I was right! I admit I had no real expectations when starting it, seeing as how I’d never read the author before and often times when I read memoirs from non-celebrities, well, unfortunately they are boring…for lack of a better word. But I was totally hooked and riveted by so many of the scenes in this book that I literally read the whole thing in a single evening…. Which is rare for me. I was so immersed in this book and impressed with the level of detailing on almost every single aspect – we really feel like we are experiencing life with Laura (for better or worse) and hearing her stories of her struggles through the years that just completely engulfed me. Normally I get bored reading books that are told in narrative form (with little to no dialogue) but not here… A lesser author would have glossed over some of these scenes that Eckert carefully and masterfully brought to life in a profound and touching way. There are some sad scenes here that are perhaps upsetting, but it is mighty good book and definitely worth a read. Oh, and great editing too. Loved the husband’s letter at the end, and the one to her unborn babies brought tears to my eyes. Recommend for fans of memoirs/ nonfiction. (5 stars)” Steph Coleman—Goodreads; Barnes & Noble; Indie Book Reviewers