The Only Girl in the World by Maude Julien

The Only Girl in the World

Maude Julien’s childhood was defined by the iron grip of her father, who was convinced his daughter was destined for great deeds. His plan began when he adopted Maude’s mother and indoctrinated her with his esoteric ideals. Her mission was to give him a daughter as blonde as she was, and then to take charge of the child’s education. That child was Maude, on whom her father conducted his outrageous experiment—to raise the perfect ‘super-...

Details The Only Girl in the World

TitleThe Only Girl in the World
Release DateDec 12th, 2017
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir, Psychology, Biography Memoir, Crime, True Crime, Biography

Reviews The Only Girl in the World

  • Heidi The Hippie Reader
    The Only Girl in the World is an extraordinary memoir about madness, control and the survival of horrific childhood abuse.Maude Julien's father Louis chose his future wife and mother of his child, Jeannine, when she was only six and he was 34. He became Jeannine's guardian by promising her family that he would provide her with a quality education.Then: "Twenty-two years after he took possession of Jeannine, Louis Didier decided the time had come ...
  • Marianne
    “My father finds laughter extremely irritating. He sees it as a waste of energy, proof of a total lack of control. Smiling finds no favour in his eyes either. ‘Do you want to be the village idiot?’ he asks if he catches me gazing up at the sky with a smile on my face. ‘Only halfwits smile. Your face must be serious and expressionless in order to confuse your adversaries. Never reveal anything’”The Only Girl In The World is a memoir by...
  • Debra
    How to rate such a book????In the beginning....Maude's Father (Maude being the protagonist and the Author of this Memoir) approached Maude's Mother's family when her Mother was five or six years old. Maude's Father was wealthy and said he would care for and raise their child. So Maude's Mother's family gave their young daughter to him. Are you following me? How sick is this? So Maude's Mother goes to live with Maude's father when she is a child a...
  • Dora Santos Marques
    A minha opinião em vídeo: um livro de não ficção que não desiludiu e que mostrou como existem pessoas completamente insanas e que tornam a vida num inferno às pessoas à sua roda...
  • Mary Carrasco
    It is extraordinary what a human can endure and survive. I'm so glad Maude made it through to the other side so that she can share her story with the world. I won a copy of, The Only Girl in the World, in a Goodreads giveaway. So a huge thanks for giving me the opportunity to read it!
  • Text Publishing
    ‘A living testimony of resilience…An account as gripping as it is inspiring.’Elle‘Maude Julien delivers a staggering testimony, one that remains full of hope.’Ouest FranceA serious subject: manipulation, in which the author is now a professional therapist. Maude Julien does not write with resentment, or bear grievances; rather she delivers a clear message of hope.’Livreshebdo‘This story is never maudlin—it is so absorbing that you...
  • Maria João
    9 de 10*Indignação!!! Foi o sentimento que me acompanhou a leitura deste livro da primeira à última frase. Como é que pode um ser humano infligir tanta dor e sofrimento a outro ser humano, em especial tratando-se dos pais? Só uma mente muito doente e perturbada pode acreditar estar a fazer o bem ao fechar a sua filha em casa durante 15 anos, submetê-la ao que chama testes para moldar a sua personalidade e sentimentos, corpo e alma. E uma m...
  • Lori
    How Maude survived her childhood is amazing. The extraordinary cruelty endured is enough to break many people, however Maude persisted and survived. Highly recommend this book.
  • Ruby
    Amazing story.
  • MissSusie
    It always amazes me the evil humans can do to one another, in this book that evil is done by a father to his daughter. What Maude goes through is absolutely gut wrenching I honestly can't even image it. I find her beyond strong to have survived and become a productive member of society is a testament to Maude's tenacity .
  • Brandy
    As a child, Maude experienced some horrific things at the hands of two people who should have been the ones to protect and care for her - her parents. Not only did they put her through awful trials to "test" her, but they even denied her their basic love and affection so as not to expose their supposed weaknesses to their "enemies". Maude's courage to face her day to day life was amazing though she mutilated her own body and tormented herself bec...
  • Amy Morgan
    Thank you Edelweiss for my review copy of this book. I honestly do not even have words for the horrors that happened in this poor woman's life as a child. Trapped for her entire childhood with a psychotic father who thought he was creating a superhuman and a mother who was just as much a prisoner as Maude since her own childhood, the things this poor girl experienced are unthinkable. It is horrifying to remember after reading this that it was a t...
  • Isaura Pereira
    Um livro fortíssimo, com uma história de vida pesada. Ver opinião completa no blogue http://jardimdemilhistorias.blogspot....
  • Janine
    I felt uncomfortable and voyeuristic reading this book, but I couldn’t put it down either....This book has been variously described as ‘inspirational’, ‘uplifting’ and ‘triumphant’. I don’t know that I felt that it was any of those things. I am left more harrowed than uplifted.See my review (with spoilers) here:
  • Diane Hirt
    Despite the brutality the author received at the hands of her disturbed parents, and the sadness one experiences in reading how she suffered, not an easy read in that regard, I appreciated each of the triumphs she wrote about as she lived her life, the ways she ingeniously coped and her thoughts and longings in the process of survival. I valued the chapter she shared about her life now and some of the details of how she is continuing to live life...
  • Cassie
    Maude Julien had the kind of childhood you think only happens in horror movies. Isolated from society and abused by those who were supposed to protect her, the fact that she has gone on to lead such a fulfilling life is a hell of an accomplishment.This book is not an easy read - on multiple occasions I was so affected by Maude's suffering that I had to put it down and walk away. Maude's voice is often overwhelmed by that of her father, the main c...
  • Eve Lyn
    A memoir about a girl who was raised by her lunatic parents, father to be specified. I skipped some of the chapters, mostly because I couldn’t stand the psychological torture that she had to endure and I just simply so curious how this little girl could survive from her painful childhood, and not became a psychotic herself. I can feel the confusion, the pain, the anger and the loneliness of a trapped girl. I love how Maude capture each of her p...
  • Jamie
    ***Received as an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for review.If you've ever wondered what it would be like to be raised by psychotic, crazy people, you will find out by reading Maude Julien's story. This book is translated from the original French, and while not overly dazzling writing, it's well done. The end does provide hope, but reading though the unimaginable horrors of Maude's childhood won't leave you with warm fuzzies.Really, Maude's fathe...
  • Olwen
    A very dark tale.
  • Ruth
    Horrifying but captivating. Full review 12/2/17 at
  • Linda
    This is a very confronting book to read, but in the end, it leaves us with some hope - not that humanity can repair the evil within itself, but that people may find the resilience and support to survive it.
  • Mars
    TW: sexual abuse, physical abuse, self harm, emotional abuse, animal cruelty/abuse, suicidal thoughtsIn the vein of “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls, this memoir explores the traumatic and a vastly different childhood from the “typical” western one. We follow Maude, an only child who grew up in France, completely isolated and cut off from the world for all her childhood. She was raised in a way where her father forced her to do physi...
  • Cheryl
    This is the heartbreaking story of a loveless childhood. Maude’s parents believe they are raising her to be something great and her childhood is one long training session so that when she grows up she can “control the weak-minded and bring about the great regeneration of the universe.” Her only friends are Linda the dog and Pitou the duck. Her father is a manipulative brute of a man. He makes Maude swallow her food in big chunks, telling he...
  • Julie
    Thank you to Little Brown and Company and to NetGalley.I am finding it difficult to rate this book. It is filled with pain and heartbreak. Every page is uncomfortable, shocking, and filled with horror. I cannot imagine living it.Maude had her childhood stolen by the two people that were supposed to protect her and show her love. Instead, she was put through horrible trials to test her. She was not allowed to be a child, and any signs of crying an...
  • Debbie
    Thank you netgalley for providing me with a galley to read in exchange for a fair review.This is a completely believable, scary book about a girl who spent her entire childhood in isolation. She was tortured by her crazy father until she was able to escape through her marriage.The only criticism I have of this book, is that the unrelenting horror of Maude's life became overwhelming and hard to continue reading. This is not the fault of the author...
  • Elke Vekeman
    I was almost constantly in tears for Maude, and angry towards her father treating her the way he did, for submitting her to his physical and psychological nonsense and torment. I have such admiration for Maud's intelligence, great spirit and strength, not only to endure this horrible childhood, but also to overcome her troubles and anxieties in her "second life" - thanks to her husband and two daughters and the other wonderful people that helped ...
  • Lee
    Strange and awful. I think the matter of factness of the account works to hide just how dreadful things must really have been for her. Beautiful, though, that her reading of novels assured her there was something else to hope for and that the love of animals sustained her.
  • Flora
    Reading this was like watching a child getting tortured. No doubt it was well-written, but I just couldn't make myself turn another page.Thank you, Netgalley and publisher for the ARC. I guess this kind of book is just not for me.
  • Audrey Terry
    Go Maude, Go!