I was introduced to Kathryn Harrison's memoir, The Kiss, by a former professor. He suggested studying her writing style and approach to delicate and controversial topics. What I found was a simple truth in her words as she shares her experiences of trauma and abuse throughout her life. The book is a fairly quick and easy read, but long after finishing, its words will haunt you. As far as the subject content in this book, it does not tip-toe around abuse. It transports you there where you can feel what she felt. Having a 'higher tolerance' to topics such as sexual abuse, I do recommend this read to tolerant readers as it helps shed light on how survivors are groomed, manipulated and brainwashed by abusers. This memoir does a beautiful job at breaking down the disastrous myth that sexual abuse only occurs violently. With guidance, this book *may* be suitable for older and mature teen readers, though it certainly does feature adult content.

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