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Title: Daddy's Little Earner
Author: Maria Landon
Publisher: Published January 7th 2008 by Harper Element
ISBN: 9780007268757
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4.6 out of 5

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'Daddy's Little Earner' tells the shocking story of a young girl forced into prostitution by her own father, and her painful journey to escape her horrific childhood and build a new life for herself and her sons.

30 review for Daddy's Little Earner

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lexie

    This biography is heart wrenching. But as a book, I feel it could have been better. Landon's stories deserved to be one of the great biographies we hear about in the NYT Best Seller lists. Instead, the entire book felt rushed and only skimmed the surface - the ending just sort of happened, I honestly felt like I had just skimmed rather than actually read it. Then the publisher slapped a generic cover on it and you have something that, I'm afraid to say, looks trashy. I think Landon should have be This biography is heart wrenching. But as a book, I feel it could have been better. Landon's stories deserved to be one of the great biographies we hear about in the NYT Best Seller lists. Instead, the entire book felt rushed and only skimmed the surface - the ending just sort of happened, I honestly felt like I had just skimmed rather than actually read it. Then the publisher slapped a generic cover on it and you have something that, I'm afraid to say, looks trashy. I think Landon should have been encouraged to write a longer book and the publisher should have branded it better.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    From the moment I started reading this book I couldn't put it down. Until I came to the part where Maria's two brothers were locked in their bedroom day in and day out, suffering horrific neglect. I couldn't read anymore because it was so sad. Call me crazy but I even emailed the author herself to tell her how badly that part effected me and that I couldn't continue to read her book unless I knew whether or not her brothers had survived. She replied to me right away. I should have been able to g From the moment I started reading this book I couldn't put it down. Until I came to the part where Maria's two brothers were locked in their bedroom day in and day out, suffering horrific neglect. I couldn't read anymore because it was so sad. Call me crazy but I even emailed the author herself to tell her how badly that part effected me and that I couldn't continue to read her book unless I knew whether or not her brothers had survived. She replied to me right away. I should have been able to go back to reading the book right away but I couldn't. It's been three months, maybe I can go back to reading it soon. UPDATE FIVE MONTHS LATER: I was able to go back to the book recently, hurried through the horrible part about the little brothers and got on with the rest of the book. It's a horrific life this woman lead as a child. No child should ever have to go through that. I enjoyed the author's writing but had to google a few British terms for their meaning. A great book but not for the faint at heart.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Karolien

    Een heel aangrijpend verhaal, maar ik vond het heel langdradig geschreven (of vertaald)...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Linda Tilling

    A really great book to read for anyone who loves heart breaking real stories about the despicable topic of child abuse.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    A horrifying account of Maria's life, whose mother (abused and forced into prostitution by her husband, Maria's father) left the family when Maria was four, and which time her father began abusing her. Before she's ten, she's addicted to drugs, drinking and her father is sexually molesting her and preparing her to sell herself on the streets. She goes out "on the game" when she's eleven and continues into her late teens. It's a terrible story to have to read, and the almost lackadaisical way soc A horrifying account of Maria's life, whose mother (abused and forced into prostitution by her husband, Maria's father) left the family when Maria was four, and which time her father began abusing her. Before she's ten, she's addicted to drugs, drinking and her father is sexually molesting her and preparing her to sell herself on the streets. She goes out "on the game" when she's eleven and continues into her late teens. It's a terrible story to have to read, and the almost lackadaisical way social services treats her is shocking, but believable. She's forgotten about. Some parts of it bugged me from the perspective she had given us. I feel like this would have been both terribly cathartic and painful for Maria to write about, to let everyone know what her early life was like and how she was treated by her own family. There are points though where I feel like she's not being honest with herself. For example, she claims "I wasn't a bully at all myself" yet mentions at least a dozen times that she beat people up to make herself "hard" and was always being pulled out of schools for fighting, including one situation where she and another girl throw hot tea on each other. It's quite clear reading her story that she WAS a bully, even if she doesn't like to think herself that way. Similarly, while talking about how often she took drugs and, in particular, Speed, she claims "I guess it was just luck that I didn't become dependent on it like most girls on the street." With everything she has told us up until this point, and what she goes on to do even after she her her son, it's hard to believe this statement she makes and has me wondering if she is just talking herself out of what really happened for fear of what she might find if she digs into that portion of her life. However she is open and clear with every other aspect so it would be odd, but this just stuck out to me as a reader. But I am reviewing this as a reader, not as any sort of doctor or therapist and I have no experience in the life that she lead, so my views are clearly of a biased nature. There's also a distasteful conclusion where Maria becomes focused on having a child so she has something to care for. When she has her son and goes back to drugs, drinking and prostitution; social services maintain she is a good mother and leave the baby in her care. It just seems horrible, yet I suppose it's the same mistake social services made with her mother when Maria was a baby. They let her stay in an abusive environment despite clear warning signs. All in all it's a moving and memorable novel, and one I am glad Maria was given the chance to tell. Recommended!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tanny

    Spoiler alert. I found this book very sad and it left me very empty. Although I feel a little guilty saying this, I was disappointed that Maria didn't seem to do much with her life. In the front it states that she is somehow active in helping youth but she does not raise that in the book at all. I find it sad when young women seem to think the solution to their abusive pasts is too have children to the first man they meet so they have someone to love. When the social worker said her flat was too Spoiler alert. I found this book very sad and it left me very empty. Although I feel a little guilty saying this, I was disappointed that Maria didn't seem to do much with her life. In the front it states that she is somehow active in helping youth but she does not raise that in the book at all. I find it sad when young women seem to think the solution to their abusive pasts is too have children to the first man they meet so they have someone to love. When the social worker said her flat was too cold to house a baby I felt physically ill. Her attitude seemed way too immature too be raising a child. I'm not judging young mothers-age is just a number-but I would have liked her to have worked more on herself and achieve some stability before making such a huge decision. The main reason I read these books is to see the strong person the abused child becomes but she still seems/seemed to carry a lot of grief and resentment. To a degree that is understandable of course.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    how do you rate a memoir that is so wonderfully written and which allows the author's true self to come through with every sentence, yet is so disturbing in content because of everything she went through? i rate this based on the writing, but based on content, i would give this book no more than a ZERO. what a difficult journey Maria Landon has traveled. but was an important contribution she made in writing it to share with others. great work. do not read if you are squeamish about abuse.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lori Smith

    Sad story of what this little girl and her brother went through growing up. The story seemed repetitive at times. I thought the book would go into detail of how she escaped a life of drug and alcohol abuse and prostitution, but she wrote another book detailing that journey. I wasn't impressed with the writing, but her story is so compelling, that I've purchased her 2nd book just to see how she escaped.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    This book tells the author's real life story of how she was forced into prostitution at a young age by her father, and how she pulled her life back together. It's an incredibly brave and inspiring story, and also tells you a lot about the state of social services back in the 1970s-1980s. I couldn't put it down from the moment I started reading it, and will be reading the follow-up book as soon as I can buy it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Davies

    Good story though, a lot of the story is secondhand or here say, also when reading the book there is no specific dates so the timelines are over the place. This is still a horrific story to read though as I couldn't imagine a child going through this

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ashleigh

    This book was very sad. I had to skip through some pages because I couldn't handle them personally. It's really horrible and heartbreaking to think that someone could go through such a life... Good read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Isabel

    3,5 Wat een wreed, wreed onmenselijk verhaal.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Winter Sophia Rose

    Heartbreaking, Intense, Touching & Inspiring!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    It seems wrong to say "I liked it", but it was a very gripping (and sad!) story. Not for the faint of heart.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sade

    It's hard to say you liked something so desperately sad, but it was a little hopeful.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Zylstra

    God, some people really suffer in this world. I count my lucky stars everytime I read a book like this. Thank god my dad was a decent and loving father.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Silvana (Por detrás das Palavras)

    Dentro dos livros de não ficção gosto muito de livros que abordem infâncias difíceis conjugadas com momentos de superação. Dado este meu gosto é um facto que já li imensos livros dentro do género e onde destaco as autoras Torey Hayden e Cathy Glass. São duas pessoas com uma mestria em termos de escrita e narração dos acontecimento e onde conseguem imprimir um toque muito próprio especial, deixando passar uma enorme sensibilidade. Trouxe este livro da biblioteca na esperança de encontrar mais algu Dentro dos livros de não ficção gosto muito de livros que abordem infâncias difíceis conjugadas com momentos de superação. Dado este meu gosto é um facto que já li imensos livros dentro do género e onde destaco as autoras Torey Hayden e Cathy Glass. São duas pessoas com uma mestria em termos de escrita e narração dos acontecimento e onde conseguem imprimir um toque muito próprio especial, deixando passar uma enorme sensibilidade. Trouxe este livro da biblioteca na esperança de encontrar mais alguém capaz de me provocar as mesmas emoções das autoras que referi anteriormente. Maria conta-nos a sua estória de vida muito, muito difícil. É uma narrativa muito dura e repugnante, porém a forma como a autora a conta nem sempre é a mais clara. Penso que lhe falta uma certa coerência temporal para que tudo ficasse mais claro na minha cabeça ao longo da leitura. Também espera mais do final, Penso que ainda ficaram muitas coisas para contar.Também penso que os leitores mereciam saber mais sobre como conseguiu dar a volta a tudo aquilo que a assombrou durante muito tempo, de como ficou a relação com a mãe e com os irmãos. À medida que ia lendo, cada vez mais ia ficando aborrecida com o desempenho dos serviços sociais no caso. Por aquilo que a Maria contou, existiram muitas coisas que ficaram por fazer, houve muita negligência e desinteresse. É certo que na época em que tudo ocorreu não havia uma preocupação tão acentuada com a infância como o que acontece na atualidade. Mesmo assim penso que algumas opções tomadas não foram as melhores. É um livro em que Maria nos mostra o lado mais negro da sua infância e adolescência e no quanto daquilo que viveu deixou marcas na sua vida, na forma como ela se relacionada com os outros e na forma como ela própria olha para si. Tudo deixou cicatrizes na sua auto-estima e no seu autoconceito. Para quem gosta de ler sobre estórias de superação e onde a infância está longe de ser aquele lugar encantado, cor-de-rosa e cheio de sonhos, este livro poderá ser uma boa aposta.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Петър Стойков

    Наскоро научих, че има такъв литературен стил - булевардни романчета, които разказват просълзяващи истории за деца, израснали в ужасяващи условия, чиито родители ги бият, изнасилват, държат гладни и т.н. Врътката е, че нито една от тия истории не е по истински случай - и читателите го знаят, просто им се иска да пореват малко така, както като четат любовни романи въздишат сърцераздирателно, въпреки че знаят, че написаното е измислено. Нещо като литературен вариант на вестник "Лична драма". Текстът Наскоро научих, че има такъв литературен стил - булевардни романчета, които разказват просълзяващи истории за деца, израснали в ужасяващи условия, чиито родители ги бият, изнасилват, държат гладни и т.н. Врътката е, че нито една от тия истории не е по истински случай - и читателите го знаят, просто им се иска да пореват малко така, както като четат любовни романи въздишат сърцераздирателно, въпреки че знаят, че написаното е измислено. Нещо като литературен вариант на вестник "Лична драма". Текстът в тях е доста скучен, историите са елементарно описани, а самото ебане и пребиване са само епизодично споменати, така че даже ако търсиш да четеш баш такива неща, няма да ти излезе късметът. Самите книжки са подписани с различни имена, но двете, които прочетох имат толкова еднакъв изказ, че заедно с факта, че са от едно издателство и с еднакво оформление ми навява мисълта, че авторът им е един и ги вади на конвейр.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cherelle

    I recently read this book and i have to say it opens your eyes more to what people actually go through in life and how they can come out on the other side. This is such a sad story, to be described as daddy's little earner on the day of your birth is so upsetting, i found myself getting angry and upset when reading this book. Angry at the fact that people can treat their children in such away and upset by what that child/children has to go through in a daily battle to survive. This book sheds lig I recently read this book and i have to say it opens your eyes more to what people actually go through in life and how they can come out on the other side. This is such a sad story, to be described as daddy's little earner on the day of your birth is so upsetting, i found myself getting angry and upset when reading this book. Angry at the fact that people can treat their children in such away and upset by what that child/children has to go through in a daily battle to survive. This book sheds light on things that actually happen in the world and lets you see it through the eye of a child through to an adult. Maria Landon has done this book justice, it was written very well and can truly get your emotions flowing.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tamara Van dishoeck

    dit soort boeken zijn altijd extra indrukwekkend omdat het waargebeurd is. Maria groeit op met een gewelddadige vader die haar misbruikt en als hoer laat werken. je ziet haar steeds meer afglijden ook al komt ze regelmatig met de kinderbescherming in aanraking maar als tiener loopt ze weg van haar vader maar ze is er dan nog niet en heeft nog een lange weg te gaan. ze heeft een zwaar leven gehad en dat al op jonge leeftijd. het ergste was nog dat toen ze pas geboren was haar vader al zei van haa dit soort boeken zijn altijd extra indrukwekkend omdat het waargebeurd is. Maria groeit op met een gewelddadige vader die haar misbruikt en als hoer laat werken. je ziet haar steeds meer afglijden ook al komt ze regelmatig met de kinderbescherming in aanraking maar als tiener loopt ze weg van haar vader maar ze is er dan nog niet en heeft nog een lange weg te gaan. ze heeft een zwaar leven gehad en dat al op jonge leeftijd. het ergste was nog dat toen ze pas geboren was haar vader al zei van haar ga ik een hoertje maken maar hij behandelde niet alleen zijn kinderen slecht maar ook zijn vrouw.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Emily Maree

    I did like this book, but I just found that it wasn’t the best written. I think that some bits it could have gone into more detail, whereas other bits I feel like dragged on. I was horrified with the way the mum neglected her children and grossed out that the father would do what he did to his daughter. If you aren’t really good with reading about child abuse and stuff than I definitely wouldn’t recommend this book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    The story is powerful, but as a book it was average

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jeanine

    Sad but rather garbled biography that just stops suddenly..

  24. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    A traumatic story to read, but once I started reading, I found it hard to put down, the things people do to children is just unbelievable.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Faye

    why would you be so cruel to your child? What an awful and confused life. Would of limed to know a little more about the brothers.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Hopkins

    I downloaded this book randomly on my Kindle app and it's definitely one of the more heartbreaking things I've read, in that the author was subjected to unspeakable and horrific abuse by her father, who prostituted her out when she was a child. That's one of many terrible things that happens to the author, who talks about her life from birth until she's in her late teens and finally manages to get her father behind bars. I kind of think of this book in the way I think of Elizabeth Smart's book i I downloaded this book randomly on my Kindle app and it's definitely one of the more heartbreaking things I've read, in that the author was subjected to unspeakable and horrific abuse by her father, who prostituted her out when she was a child. That's one of many terrible things that happens to the author, who talks about her life from birth until she's in her late teens and finally manages to get her father behind bars. I kind of think of this book in the way I think of Elizabeth Smart's book in that it feels very rushed and just grazes over some things...there's the telling of what's happening but there's not as much introspection or anything. It's very matter-of-fact. Obviously an abuse victim telling her story gets to do it however she damn well pleases, but I think if this was ghostwritten at all (as Smart's book was) then it's clear the ghostwriter was just trying to get through as quickly as possible for whatever reason. Like, it reads more like a biography you write in school like "I was born on this day, on this day my brother was born, then this happened when I was five" and so on. Then toward the end it kind of gets scattered...she jumps around in age a lot so it's kind of difficult to follow, and then it just kind of ends. I think with the way her childhood was in terms of the abuse, drugs, alcohol, etc, it's obviously very difficult to piece together an accurate timeline but there's so much of "oh and then my father was in prison again I think, I don't really know, I was probably 13 or 17" so it just gets super messy and chaotic which almost discredits it. Basically, it just doesn't feel like you're reading a book. It feels like a manifesto typed at a computer late one night by someone who just wanted to get everything down as fast as possible. There's also not much of an epilogue in terms of what happened to her family members...when I googled, I saw her website and someone asked the question "what happened to your siblings" and the author replied "buy the next book" which seems kind of cheap. But apparently there's a follow-up book about her adult life. She seems to have her shit together now which is nice to hear, so I'm happy for her but I was kind of meh about this whole thing. Def could have been done better.

  27. 4 out of 5

    M.J. Payne

    BOOK REVIEW OF “DADDY’S LITTLE EARNER” BY MARIA LANDON By MJ Payne “Daddy’s Little Earner” by Maria Landon shows how a sadistic, narcissistic father takes over his daughter’s self-image and controls her completely. This story is an echo that wails through the life of every prostitute who ends up on the street by being manipulated and belittled with brutal treatment as a child. Abuse and neglect in childhood create a social debt that everyone ends up paying in some way. Turning a deaf ear to candid BOOK REVIEW OF “DADDY’S LITTLE EARNER” BY MARIA LANDON By MJ Payne “Daddy’s Little Earner” by Maria Landon shows how a sadistic, narcissistic father takes over his daughter’s self-image and controls her completely. This story is an echo that wails through the life of every prostitute who ends up on the street by being manipulated and belittled with brutal treatment as a child. Abuse and neglect in childhood create a social debt that everyone ends up paying in some way. Turning a deaf ear to candid stories like this will not protect society from crime, violence, lost opportunities and the creativity that could make itself manifest in every child who is treated as an object by adults. Maria’s repeated suicide attempts, self-cutting, drug involvement, and inability to accept kind treatment stem from her belief that everything her father tells her is true and she is worthless, fat, ugly, and no one will ever love her but him. She thinks it is all her fault and that she is a bad person who does not deserve better than to be beaten bloody and raped. She says that she feels there is a glass wall between herself and other people and longs for a loving family. Maria’s psychopathic father spends time in jail regularly for crimes other than what he inflicts on his children. When he is in prison Maria and her brother are sent to foster homes and institutions. Though her father rapes her often and puts her on the street as soon as she looks old enough with makeup, he is the only stability in her life and she loves him regardless of his heartless treatment. He keeps her off balance being kind one moment and raging the next. Her one obsession is to please him. Her description of the best method to survive when servicing long lines of men in cars is fascinating. This book is well worth reading for the insight it provides into the minds of seemingly tough little street girls and women who are willing to risk their lives each time they step into the vehicle of a stranger who may be the one who is a murderer. I leave the intriguing ending of the book in the next reader’s hands so as to have it fresh and unknown.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    note - some may find my rating and review of this book harsh but I feel that as a person giving my 2 cents worth of a review I should be truthful and critical of everything. ( I am with every other book so why should I turn soft with this book?) If you don't like it leave it in the comments and I may/not read them. Freedom of speech is a right and what a perfect place to exercise that right than on a book review site...moving on............. As the reviews before me have stated it was heartbreak note - some may find my rating and review of this book harsh but I feel that as a person giving my 2 cents worth of a review I should be truthful and critical of everything. ( I am with every other book so why should I turn soft with this book?) If you don't like it leave it in the comments and I may/not read them. Freedom of speech is a right and what a perfect place to exercise that right than on a book review site...moving on............. As the reviews before me have stated it was heartbreaking and sad and blah blah blah blah blah... cry me a freakin' river. Sure you feel horrible for the author her father sexually abuses her, treats her like a living piece of garbage and all she wants is to be loved by her father. It's depressing. Brings your mood down. Makes you think what kind of an asshole her father really is... Also, introspectively makes you think what are the social services doing to help this girl. They are bouncing her around from place to place hoping she will stay but they are not providing any therapy or help to resolve the hidden daddy issues that keep the author running. If you ask me this is a perfect example of a broken system trying to help a broken child. While the book did have a lot of sensitive material in it, some of it was ruined by the fact that things were repeated over and over and over again (a HUGE pet peeve of mine). There were quite a few editing errors that should have been picked up because they were clear as day. While I believe the ending of this story has something to be said for the author's story and her journey, I feel that she needed to polish her work more. It was almost like she was trying to write a Cathy Glass story but came nowhere near except in content. I gave the book a 2 star rating for the author going the distance and trying to write her story in a way similar to Glass, but mostly the stars go to her journey and recovery. She made a huge turn around with her life and kudos to her for being strong enough to do it. Writing about the journey is one thing, living it is the hardest thing.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Gemma

    A horrific, and generally blunt account of child abuse from a father to his daughter, which he then follows on to then 'sell her' on the streets as a pre-teen prostitute to fuel his drinking habits and continues mentally, physically and sexually abuse her, to the point where a bit of 'stockholm syndrome' sets in and she still feels she needs him in her life. This book made me so angry to how social sevices responded (or rather didn't.) There were too many red flashing warning signs, such as: her A horrific, and generally blunt account of child abuse from a father to his daughter, which he then follows on to then 'sell her' on the streets as a pre-teen prostitute to fuel his drinking habits and continues mentally, physically and sexually abuse her, to the point where a bit of 'stockholm syndrome' sets in and she still feels she needs him in her life. This book made me so angry to how social sevices responded (or rather didn't.) There were too many red flashing warning signs, such as: her other siblings being taken into care, and her own mother warning the authorities how dangerous her father was, and the plans he had for her 'future', which could have prevented all this from escalating to the level it did, if dealt with seriously and appropriatley. However a biography is written as an account from the writers viewpoint and following the abuse, Maria ends up having a child of her own at 18 years old. She describes the way she continued to sell herself, shoplift, drink and taking another overdose around her baby as a call for help, and both herself and social services still stood by what a good mother she was with all of these issues occuring. Even though as much as she loved her child, she was slipping into the same cycle her mother had with her and her siblings those many years ago. This unfortunatley shows again how social services have potentially failed the same family twice. The way she describes the two situations (her mothers/fathers habits, and her own as an adult which are very similar) is very different, as maybe her perception of the lack of control of a situation changes what seems real at different points in her life. No human should ever go what she went through, and I hope she has turned her life around and brought her son up in a normal, loving environment (it does not really elaborate on what happened later on in her adult life.)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Veraa

    A girl who needs to prostituted herself because her dad basicly forces her to do so. But even when treated horrible she still loves him. It’s based on a true story so I decided to buy this when I saw it at this book fair. The story itself is very dramatic and you really feel bad for the girl and her siblings. You want to know if she finally escapes her fathers rage and if she will finally have a happy and normal live. Well I’m not gonna tell you the answer obviously but the book is very good! I r A girl who needs to prostituted herself because her dad basicly forces her to do so. But even when treated horrible she still loves him. It’s based on a true story so I decided to buy this when I saw it at this book fair. The story itself is very dramatic and you really feel bad for the girl and her siblings. You want to know if she finally escapes her fathers rage and if she will finally have a happy and normal live. Well I’m not gonna tell you the answer obviously but the book is very good! I read it in dutch so I don’t know if the writing style is equally easy to read in english but the dutch version was very easy to read. Why do I give it 4 and not 5 books? Well, it was a very long story and it seems to keep going on forever. Not that the girl (woman now) her story was boring, not at all. But the story telling was a bit slow to be honest. Anyway, the story is definitely worth reading if you like this kind of stories. Oh, and the evil dad owns a corgi.

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