The Everything Kid is a memoir about a child caught between two worlds, one of cult-like religious manipulation and another of neglectful, alcohol fueled narcissism. As a child of parents, one of whom was a fanatical member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, and the other a prisoner of her own choices and the chaos of mental illness and addiction, the everything kid in this story was invisible to both parents unless he became what either wanted and expected him to be. At any given time, in order to receive the very conditional, albeit false love and attention he so desperately desired, he found a way to cope, which was to become everything to everybody. Vacillating between two households that may as well have been two different planets, the everything kid was also forced to endure a sociopath of a stepmother, whose brand of horrific abuse and neglect pervaded all aspects of family life, creating insufferable trauma that none of her children, either biologic or step, were protected from.
As he moves through his childhood and early adult hood, he is continually dodging the wrecking balls being being dropped on him by each parent from opposite sides of the crane. He is in a constant state of “fight or flight,” always trying to figure out which parent’s version of right he needs to follow in the moment to survive.
The reader is taken on a journey that depicts quite eloquently exactly how childhood trauma directly affects the way choices are made in adult life.
The Everything Kid is a riveting, intense, touching and heartfelt memoir about a most unique life situation of a child who endures an incredibly traumatic childhood to then evolve and grow into the best version of himself. This man turns the adversity in his life into enduring life lessons that become a powerful aspect of his insightful and introspective character.
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