Posted by Literary Titan
I had a Secret for Seventeen Years by Tori Shaw is a story about Shaw’s own experience of getting an abortion as a teenager. This experience was not pleasant. For years, Shaw doubted herself for her actions. She was guilty, ashamed, and became depressed. Knowing that she is not the only person to have these feelings, Tori decided to reach out to the world by telling her story. She rebuilds her relationship with God, finding peace in herself and gains a purpose. By embracing her past, Tori shows the world how to move on from dilemmas.
Tori Shaw’s story is a message to all that we cannot bottle our deepest secrets. From the start of the story, Shaw draws you in with incredibly vivid details. I felt like I really got into her mind. Keeping things from friends or family messes with our minds. Although Shaw’s story does not center around a pleasant topic, it is a very important subject for the world to talk about.
I liked the setup of the story. One of my favorite elements that Shaw incorporated was writing down a word and then crossing it out with blue ink and replacing it with a deeper word. This says so much because she wants to write the truth. It’s her own personal style.
Reading this story opened up my mind about abortions. For those who share the same feelings as I do, I recommend that you read this story. It opens your mind to new emotions and ideas, what happens, and the pain of having to keep a secret. Making decisions is a big theme in this story. Every day we make a decision. Decisions are hard. But telling your story to anybody is a bold move. The story is tough to read in places, but that is the whole point. Shaw finds closure telling her story to the world.
Tori Shaw’s story is a riveting page-turner. The story is also very impactful, making you open up your mind about the way you live life. Her faith in God was a memorable part of the story. I highly recommend this book.
Pages: 156 | ASIN: B08DK86DN7