|Plot Summary of Sickened|
|"Julie Gregory was a victim of a sickness as a child through to her late teens. Her mother always believed, or tried to convince other people that there was something wrong with her daughter's health and was forever taking her to see doctors and specialists and suggesting that they perform open heart surgery on her. Whenever the doctors said that there was nothing wrong with Julie, her mother would become enraged and take Julie to another hospital. Because of these numerous hospital visits Julie hardly went to school and would be too tired to concentrate in lessons because her mother would put her on a special diet.
When she was a young adult she found it difficult to cope with life without her mother, even after she discovered what her sickness was. The illness was not so familiar to many people when she first found out. Nevertheless, Julie went back to her mother, who had remarried and adopted some more children. She left after she discovered that her adopted daughter was suffering from the same treatment from her mother that she was given herself, and decided to prosecute her mother."
Liza Rosette, Resident Scholar
|"Julie Gregory was a victim of Munchaused by Proxy. From a young age, her mother would take her to specialized doctors to find out what was wrong with her. However, it wasn't something which was wrong with Julie, it was a mental condition which affected her mother. She tried to break free from her mothers constant trips to the doctor, but she doesn't want to hurt her mother.
As she grows up, she realises that because she is a small, frail child, her mother takes advantage of this and 'creates' illnesses for her. Her siblings are also affected, but it is usually Julie who has to put up with it. Her siblings help her and give her the courage to fight back and get mental help for their mother.
Julie, however, loves her mother. She is easily angered by her mothers condition but she doesn't want to hurt her. This is a book which tells of a lost childhood and the World's most hidden and dangerous type of child abuse."
Marie Smith, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Sickened|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Kids growing up/acting up?
- parental abuse
Phys disability/mental struggle?
- physical disability/sickness
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
- a kid
- long lived adults
- American (!)
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- healthy but a geeky weakling
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 2 ()
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Book makes you feel?
- a lot of flashback and forwards
Writer's slant towards subject:
- somewhat unfavorable
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of nearly entire life
- story of set of events during life
Is this a biography of several people?
If this is a kid's book:
- Age 16-Adult
- A few 1-5 B&W
- More 6-10 B&W
How much dialogue in bio?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
- little dialog
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 0-25% of book
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