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“Torah’s tale is one of immense trials followed by towering triumphs.

Less a book and more a confession from a close friend.

Riveting, inspiring, empowering.”

Brian Young

Navajo Writer + Filmmaker

"Absolutely a must-read"

Absolutely a must-read. It is an easy yet well-written read that deals with incredibly complex themes. . . . As someone who has read quite a few books and memoirs dealing with themes of trauma and overcoming obstacles, I have to say this memoir has it all.

I found this book and the author’s personal journey to be so inspiring and empowering, as she describes and reflects on her escape from a terrible situation at a young age as well as her entrance into a culture (and even a language) quite different from her own.

Her journey from Amish upbringing to graduating from one of the most elite universities in the USA is amazing.

Highly, highly recommended, and my congratulations to the author for her success and hard work in processing so many traumas allowing her to be able to share her story in written form with us!

Melanie Jones, Reader Review

"My mouth dropped when I read the intimate details revealed!"

It’s a very well-written unique story.

Once I started reading this book I could not put it down until I finished it.

There is one chapter in the book that literally had my mouth drop when I read the intimate details Torah enclosed! A must read for anyone!

Lizzie Hershberger, Reader Review

"Highly recommend . . . inspiring true life story about succeeding despite all odds"

Congratulations to Torah for being able to process her traumatic childhood experiences enough to be able to write a memoir. This is a very inspiring and engaging story about how the author, a 15-year-old female, managed to escape from a terrible and situation.

Despite being uneducated at the time her escape and not speaking English as her first language, she then goes on to graduate from one of the most elite universities in the USA.

I highly recommend this to anyone looking for inspiring true life stories about overcoming trauma, self-empowerment (especially female empowerment), and succeeding in life despite all odds.

Keerthi Vemulapalli, Reader Review

"This book kept me riveted until the end"

This book is awakens one to the awful potentials of the closed Amish community

This book kept me riveted until the end. The emotional lows that she went through were so painful and traumatizing that I could empathize with her pain and hope now she can live a better life.

Tina, Reader Review

“Once I started reading this book, I couldn’t put it down until I finished it.

One chapter in the book literally made my mouth drop when I read the intimate details Torah revealed!”

L. Hershberger

Forthcoming Author

“Absolutely a must-read. It is an easy yet well-written read that deals with incredibly complex themes. As someone who has read quite a few books and memoirs dealing with themes of trauma and overcoming obstacles, I have to say this memoir has it all.”

Melanie Jones

Trauma Survivor

Amish Children

Old Order Midwestern
This girl could be me when I was that age. The style of clothing is similar to the style I grew up in.
This book is to let you know that you don’t have to be extraordinary to be Extraordinary.

If you read it, you’ll find a part of yourself in my story.

It’s for you if you’ve ever felt foreign in the body or culture you were born in.

Or if you’ve dedicated your life to answering the questions:

Who am I?
Why am I here?
Why don’t my parents love me?
Why does bad shit happen to me?
Will I ever be happy and loved?

 

Torah Bontrager

An Amish Girl in Manhattan: Escaping at Age 15, Breaking All the Rules, and Feeling Safe Again (a memoir)