She has been beaten, raped, homeless and bullied: that was even before getting kidnapped by Ariel Castro in Cleveland in 2002. “Finding Me”, reveals the horrors of Michelle’s life and how she clung to the hope, that one day she would finally find freedom.
What I loved: This book is fast-paced and because of this, I could not put it down. Each page had more and more examples of how strong and brave Michelle was throughout every day she was held captive by Castro. I often had tears in my eyes as Michelle vividly recalled every sickening detail living in the “house of horrors.” One of the most important lessons to take away from “Finding Me,” is that Michelle is more than a victim, she’s a survivor. She is more than just one of the three girls Castro kidnapped. She is a writer, an artist, an aspiring chef, a mother, and an inspiration to every female struggling throughout life. Michelle was the oldest captive, and even though she arguable faced the most abuse, she cared more about protecting Amanda and Gina than shielding herself from Castro.
The book includes original poetry Michelle had written while kidnapped along with the speech she recited at his trial.
What I didn’t: The hardest part about reading this book was learning about all of the abuse Michelle faced. Unfortunately, as hard as it was to read, it was the truth. “Finding Me,” may cause you to question your faith, whatever that may be.
P.S. If you haven’t watched the Lifetime movie, Cleveland Abduction, please note that it follows this book. In fact, the movie does an incredible job of staying true to Michelle’s story. If you don’t want the story to be spoiled, read the book and THEN watch the movie.
P.P.S Here is a message to every female and even to the males out there... Always, always trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, then it probably isn’t. We have gut instincts for a reason, listen to them! You could be saving your life, or the life of another person.
Michelle's Twitter, Facebook and how to purchase her book.