A fifteen-years-old survivor shares her memories of unspeakable atrocities and heinous crimes committed by the very system in charge of her protection in this dark fiction tell-all.
The miracle of healing begins!
"my name is tookie" is an intense, first-person coming of age novella about the shocking adversities and inhumane traumas Tookie suffered.
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"These are my memories," Tookie explains. "This is my story—the past, the middle, and now. Sometimes, the line between each section of my life is jumbled up as I try to lay out everything in chronological order. I’ve been told it’s a side effect of the drugs I was force-fed.
"I talked before I could walk.
"I read before I ever went to school.
"I sang in perfect pitch after hearing songs on the radio and television.
"I remember things that no one should remember.
"I’ve forgotten and relearned everything I once knew.
""I was given a second chance.
You don’t get to hate me because I’m intelligent or talented. I keep those traits a secret. You don’t get to judge me because I’m beautiful or live in a dream vacation locale. I’m here hiding in plain sight from the experiences of my past.
"It might look and sound as if the proverbial deck was stacked in my favor, but I never had a chance. Not really. Maybe those traits would’ve had a significant impact if I’d been born to a different mother. Perhaps those advantages would’ve been more useful if I’d been reared in some other life or city, some other time and place. Those traits—the ones that others envy—didn’t offer me any extra help or benefits. They were canceled out because I was born to Janetta Blackburn in the backwoods of northern Mississippi without a father."
PG-13 Based on a true story.