She Wasn’t Allowed to Giggle by Lavinia Thompson (Reviewed by Saewod Tice)
‘She Wasn’t Allowed to Giggle’ is a very personal purging of Lavinia Thompson’s dark abusive past. Lavinia doesn’t sugar coat her words or rhyme, but leaves them with the raw emotions felt by a terrified little girl living in a woman’s body. She Wasn’t Allowed to Giggle broke my heart, disgusted me- because of what an abusive adult can do, and made me rejoice Lavinia’s ascension from darkness.
Lavinia provides the reader journal-like entries into her past and present, while her poetry reflects her emotions. The poetry is often dark and miserable yet takes a turn to confessional and strong, giving you a real in depth look as she bares her soul.
There is no doubt in my mind that this confessional book was hard to write and even harder to put out for the public to read and judge. For an abuse survivor, that is bravery in its most epic form.
Bravo Lavinia for having the strength to tell your story.
She Wasn’t Allowed to Giggle by Lavinia Thompson is a heart wrenching personal flair of expressing pain and healing in one book. It is written with grief and profound poetry mixed into the pages that touches the core of everyone with a conscious or has been a victim of violence. It is an expression of heart felt pouring of one’s soul to release the dark demons of her past. It goes through the seven stages of emotional healing, shock and denial, pain and guilt, anger and bargaining, depression, reflection, loneliness, the upward turn, reconstruction and working through, acceptance and hope. It shows that with inner strength a victorious champion could work towards achieving a promising future and able to forgive the lost child to be ready to let her tragedy heal and turn into a victory, a new beginning and a tool to help others understand there is hope in the shadows.
It is a guide for the lost child, woman or man who needs to find a light at the end of the tunnel. Highly recommend this book as a therapeutic tool to release negative energies and to aid one to continue to seek the good in life. 5 ravens.