“I am just lucky that I survived, when so many others in abusive situations often don’t. If this is you, reading this right now, get out. Get help. Tell everyone around you. There is strength in numbers, and power in the truth. Continued physical or verbal abuse is never valid or warranted. It is not okay, period.”
This passage is from Brittani Louise Taylor’s memoir — A Sucky Love Story: Overcoming Unhappily Ever After. Despite the book’s typical YA cover art and title, it is far from a love story, it is the story of surviving an abusive relationship. I first came across Taylor’s story in one of Shane Dawson’s conspiracy videos. A lot was covered in the video, but her story was so intriguing that I just had to read more about it in her book.
Source: The Wonder Report
This is one of those books that you could finish in a single sitting; it’s that hard to put down. It is easy to read as it’s written in an informal tone — with a good mix of “millennial language” — and entirely in the first person. It doesn’t feel like you’re reading a book, but more like listening to a close friend tell you a story.
In Dawson’s video, Taylor says that “if you are even thinking of online dating, read my book before you do.” She met Milos Mihajlovic, the man who her memoir is about, through Tinder.
Source: Earn The Necklace
The majority of the book is a narrative of Taylor’s abusive relationship with Mihajlovic: how they met, when they moved in together, her pregnancy, his lies, and Taylor discovering and catching up to Mihajlovic’s lies.
The last few chapters deal with the aftermath of the relationship and the court cases that went along with it.
Overall, I think this book is a must-read, especially since it is a true story. It will (hopefully) make you more aware of the dangers of being too trusting in new relationships and letting new people into your life.
Taylor ends her memoir on a positive note: “Love can break you, but it can also heal. Don’t let life’s bitter moments turn you sour. Make the biggest glass of lemonade, drink up, and keep going. Don’t be afraid of love. Just do a background check first.”