Memoir of a Milk Carton Kid

Memoir of a Milk Carton Kid

I've read many inspiring memoirs over the years, but Memoir of a Milk Carton Kid is certainly not one of them. The book is written by Tanya Nicole Kach with her attorney Lawrence Fisher. At a tender 14 years old, Kach was abducted and held prisoner by a security guard from her school.

 

Initially, she had run away from her broken home and went to Kach for support because thought he was someone she could trust. Instead, she was forced to live in his second story bedroom for 10 years before telling a store clerk she was in trouble.

The story itself is amazingly tragic – the youth and innocence of a young teen stolen. And for that, I'm truly sorry. No one should ever suffer at another person's hand as she did. However, the book is hard to read, not because it is so shocking, but because it's so haphazardly put together and Kach's tone is merciless, even to those that loved and stood by her after her release.

 

It's hard for me to write a negative review for a book written by a victim of such a heinous ordeal, but the fact of the matter is that it is poorly written and edited, lacks organization and so seeped in bitterness that it's actually hard to empathize with her. Further, the greater part of the book is about the legal end of the situation, rather than Kach's account of what she went through. And because it essentially has two authors, it bounces back and forth and is difficult to follow at times.

 

Kach survived an indisputable tragedy and my heart goes out to her as she continues to heal. However, as a lover of memoirs and books in general, I would have to say, I wouldn't recommend it to others.