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From the founder and activist behind the largest movement of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, Tarana Burke shares her never before revealed life story of how she first came to say me too and launch one of the largest cultural events in American history. After a long, difficult day working with young Black girls who had suffered the unimaginable, Tarana tossed in he From the founder and activist behind the largest movement of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, Tarana Burke shares her never before revealed life story of how she first came to say me too and launch one of the largest cultural events in American history. After a long, difficult day working with young Black girls who had suffered the unimaginable, Tarana tossed in her bed, unable to sleep as a fit of memories intruded into her thoughts. How could she help these girls if she couldn't even be honest with herself and face her own demons? A fitful night led to pages and pages of scribbled notes with two clear words at the top: Me too. Tarana Burke is the founder and activist behind the largest social movement of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, the me too movement, but first she had to find the strength to say me too herself. Unbound is the story of how she came to those two words, after a childhood growing up in the Bronx with a loving mother that took a terrible turn when she was sexual assaulted. She became withdrawn and her self split: there was the Tarana that was a good student, model kid, and eager to please young girl, and then there was the Tarana that she hid from everyone else, the one she believed to be bad. The one that would take all the love in her life away if she revealed. Tarana's debut memoir explores how to piece back together our fractured selves. How to not just bring the me too movement back to empathy, but how to empathize with our past selves, with out bad selves, and how to begin to love ourselves unabashedly. Healing starts with empowerment, and to Tarana empowerment starts with empathy. This is her story of finding that for herself, and then spreading it to an entire world.


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From the founder and activist behind the largest movement of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, Tarana Burke shares her never before revealed life story of how she first came to say me too and launch one of the largest cultural events in American history. After a long, difficult day working with young Black girls who had suffered the unimaginable, Tarana tossed in he From the founder and activist behind the largest movement of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, Tarana Burke shares her never before revealed life story of how she first came to say me too and launch one of the largest cultural events in American history. After a long, difficult day working with young Black girls who had suffered the unimaginable, Tarana tossed in her bed, unable to sleep as a fit of memories intruded into her thoughts. How could she help these girls if she couldn't even be honest with herself and face her own demons? A fitful night led to pages and pages of scribbled notes with two clear words at the top: Me too. Tarana Burke is the founder and activist behind the largest social movement of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, the me too movement, but first she had to find the strength to say me too herself. Unbound is the story of how she came to those two words, after a childhood growing up in the Bronx with a loving mother that took a terrible turn when she was sexual assaulted. She became withdrawn and her self split: there was the Tarana that was a good student, model kid, and eager to please young girl, and then there was the Tarana that she hid from everyone else, the one she believed to be bad. The one that would take all the love in her life away if she revealed. Tarana's debut memoir explores how to piece back together our fractured selves. How to not just bring the me too movement back to empathy, but how to empathize with our past selves, with out bad selves, and how to begin to love ourselves unabashedly. Healing starts with empowerment, and to Tarana empowerment starts with empathy. This is her story of finding that for herself, and then spreading it to an entire world.

30 review for Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jamise

    #READTHISSPINE ✨ ⁣I can't describe the way I devoured this book last week. UNBOUND by Tarana Burke was one of my anticipated reads of the year and it did not disappoint. I appreciate Tarana's vulnerability and transparency in sharing her story with the world. She goes beyond the #MeToo movement and shines the light on the work she's being doing years before the the movement became a hashtag. I love that she goes deep into her life experiences which ultimately shows why she works tirelessly for Bl #READTHISSPINE ✨ ⁣I can't describe the way I devoured this book last week. UNBOUND by Tarana Burke was one of my anticipated reads of the year and it did not disappoint. I appreciate Tarana's vulnerability and transparency in sharing her story with the world. She goes beyond the #MeToo movement and shines the light on the work she's being doing years before the the movement became a hashtag. I love that she goes deep into her life experiences which ultimately shows why she works tirelessly for Black and brown girls and survivors of sexual assault. She tells her story unapologetically and it uplift any reader.⁣ ⁣ I have so much admiration for people who are courageous enough to step out on faith to reveal their brokenness in efforts to heal and help others. This revelation lets folks know they are not alone and also shows that restoration and redemption are possible. I highly recommend this book!! It will definitely be on my favorites list this year!⁣

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jourdan

    *I won an AR copy of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway* First, I would like to say that I really hope there are more copy edits to be done on this manuscript as there were many mistakes that made sections of the book partially unreadable. This almost made me stop reading altogether. If I was Tarana Burke I would be pretty mad that my book was allowed out, even as an Advanced Reading copy, with the kind of errors left behind by her editors. After finishing this book I am so glad that Burke had the *I won an AR copy of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway* First, I would like to say that I really hope there are more copy edits to be done on this manuscript as there were many mistakes that made sections of the book partially unreadable. This almost made me stop reading altogether. If I was Tarana Burke I would be pretty mad that my book was allowed out, even as an Advanced Reading copy, with the kind of errors left behind by her editors. After finishing this book I am so glad that Burke had the courage to write this memoir. It's clear that this book is a powerful continuation of her work, one that will further her goal of promoting empathy and a greater community for survivors of sexual assault. Her writing shines in her recollections of specific interactions with the important people in her life. This is where you feel her warmth and strength propelling you through her story. There were other moments where it felt like the writing flagged. It almost seemed like it came from another writer because it lost its warmth and humanity and became more clinical. I don't know if it was because these sections were more about relaying facts and information? It could have been from Burke's experience as a journalist, where writers are often are taught to not have a voice. Whatever the reason it caused some sections to feel disjointed. Overall, I would not hesitate to recommend this book and will probably suggest it to friends and family.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Donna Bijas

    4 stars. This was an excellent but tough read. While I know of the subject of “Me Too”, it didn’t dawn on me that those two words could be a trigger for anyone sexually assaulted. The author’s voice is loud and clear and all the things she has done in her life with respect to this subject is admirable. I’m glad I read it, but will follow up with a lighter take.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Leslie Reese

    3.5⭐️s I'm so glad that Tarana Burke wrote this book. The last 3rd of the book felt rushed and less carefully edited to me, however. 3.5⭐️s I'm so glad that Tarana Burke wrote this book. The last 3rd of the book felt rushed and less carefully edited to me, however.

  5. 4 out of 5

    reading is my hustle

    Burke’s memoir covers how she came to dedicate her life to protect the vulnerable & bring predators to account. It's well told as she speaks with integrity, vulnerability, & compassion. Her deep understanding of trauma is evident & her service to others after her own experience is all the more remarkable. She got serious with her activism once she realized the lack of programs to support/protect Black & Brown women who spoke up about their sexual abuse. Through organizing Me Too came to be & lat Burke’s memoir covers how she came to dedicate her life to protect the vulnerable & bring predators to account. It's well told as she speaks with integrity, vulnerability, & compassion. Her deep understanding of trauma is evident & her service to others after her own experience is all the more remarkable. She got serious with her activism once she realized the lack of programs to support/protect Black & Brown women who spoke up about their sexual abuse. Through organizing Me Too came to be & later morphed into a movement. Burke's activism continues to be foundational; she's interrupted not just the predator but those complicit in protecting the powerful. She also addresses her concerns as she watched #metoo blow up on Twitter & why it was important that she lay claim to the Me Too phrase (fearing white women would erase years of her work by claiming it as their own) & explains how she later came to understand that all women needed the same thing as Black & Brown women- space to be seen & heard. This memoir is a quick, compelling, & astonishing read. Tarana Burke is serving us everyday by lifting women up & her impact has been extraordinary. That 💯 moves me.                          

  6. 5 out of 5

    Becca

    Tarana Burke shares her story. An important read about how she came to understand her own experience and her community and movement work. I think the two most powerful parts of the memoir are about Maya Angelou and Heaven. With Maya Angelou, she gave Burke what the MeToo movement gives many survivors—the knowledge that they’re not alone. With Heaven, we are able to read a part of Burke’s story in which she wasn’t able to be there for a young girl trying to share her story. She reflects on how he Tarana Burke shares her story. An important read about how she came to understand her own experience and her community and movement work. I think the two most powerful parts of the memoir are about Maya Angelou and Heaven. With Maya Angelou, she gave Burke what the MeToo movement gives many survivors—the knowledge that they’re not alone. With Heaven, we are able to read a part of Burke’s story in which she wasn’t able to be there for a young girl trying to share her story. She reflects on how her inability to be there for Heaven urged her to do better for other survivors.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Corinne

    Imani Perry said that Unbound stands alongside I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and I completely agree. I really believe that Tarana Burke's story is going to help women and girls as much as Maya Angelou's story has. What an incredible, vulnerable, and powerful memoir. Tarana Burke brings so much needed attention to the complexities of sexual assault for Black girls, complexities that aren't really there for white women and girls. The history of Black men being falsely accused of raping white wo Imani Perry said that Unbound stands alongside I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and I completely agree. I really believe that Tarana Burke's story is going to help women and girls as much as Maya Angelou's story has. What an incredible, vulnerable, and powerful memoir. Tarana Burke brings so much needed attention to the complexities of sexual assault for Black girls, complexities that aren't really there for white women and girls. The history of Black men being falsely accused of raping white women (and being killed for it) makes it so much harder now for Black girls and women to talk openly about their abuse. As a little girl, Tarana was so worried that if she told her family about her abuse, her stepfather would end up in jail because he would protect her—which means he would seriously injure the boy who raped her. She also talks about in an interview the story of a Hispanic girl who was raped by her uncle, but she didn't tell anyone because she was worried her family would get deported. Intersectionality plays such a huge role in Black and Brown women's experience of sexual abuse, and their experiences have been ignored for so long. The work that Tarana has done to heal herself and start the healing process in her community is absolutely incredible. Unbound also shows the effects that sexual abuse has on survivors, especially children. Her story shows so well that hurt people hurt people. This is shown through the way she hurts other girls as a teenager because she was so wrapped up in shame, pain, and anger. She shows this through her experience with Heaven, a little girl who tried to open up to her, but Tarana pushed her away because Heaven's experience reminded her too much of her own. She shows it through her relationship with her mother. I loved this part of the book because it's a question that I've been confused about for a while. What does it mean that we can only love other people as much as we love ourselves? Tarana Burke puts it so well: "There is no question that self hate severely limits one's capacity to love fully and wholeheartedly. Capacity and desire are not the same thing, especially in discussions of love." Pg 106 You can 100% desire to love your child unconditionally, but that doesn't mean you have the capacity to do so! Capacity to love others comes from the love you have for yourself. Such an important lesson. I learned so much from reading this memoir. I was expecting a little more history of the beginning of the 'me too.' Movement that she started, but it really focused on her own journey, which was beautiful. I would love for her to write more books that focus more on her work in the movement as well!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Erricka Hager

    A must read! The audiobook was amazing!

  9. 4 out of 5

    lilias

    In this memoir, Tarana Burke embodies her work that encourages healing through empathy. She openly lays out her life, through abuse and assault, disappointment and loss, success and connection, and the forms family can take with love. I admired and respected her before reading this book, but now I have a new-found awe for her. Her language is truly love, and her words “me too.” have allowed the healing for many who had been ignored.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Reading with Tara

    I had no idea the #metoo movement was originally started by a black woman named Tarana Burke about 10 years prior to the movement becoming a force on twitter about some white Hollywood executive. I legit thought some white celebrity made this hashtag up. Her personal story is heartbreaking ❤️‍🩹 as she chronicles her life growing up, her relationship with her mother, and the rape she experienced as a young girl. This was a pick from my Literati book club and I thoroughly enjoyed this fast paced a I had no idea the #metoo movement was originally started by a black woman named Tarana Burke about 10 years prior to the movement becoming a force on twitter about some white Hollywood executive. I legit thought some white celebrity made this hashtag up. Her personal story is heartbreaking ❤️‍🩹 as she chronicles her life growing up, her relationship with her mother, and the rape she experienced as a young girl. This was a pick from my Literati book club and I thoroughly enjoyed this fast paced and engaging memoir.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    I had been anticipating this Memoir from Tarana Burke the minute she hinted she was writing one. As someone who is always interested in social work and healing around sexual trauma, I wanted to hear Tarana’s story about how she started “ME TOO”. What this memoirs offered was a whole lot more. Tarana is unfortunately personally acquainted with sexual abuse. She describes her abuse in courageous detail throughout her book. It’s very tough to read, and for those that are survivors, you’ll possibly I had been anticipating this Memoir from Tarana Burke the minute she hinted she was writing one. As someone who is always interested in social work and healing around sexual trauma, I wanted to hear Tarana’s story about how she started “ME TOO”. What this memoirs offered was a whole lot more. Tarana is unfortunately personally acquainted with sexual abuse. She describes her abuse in courageous detail throughout her book. It’s very tough to read, and for those that are survivors, you’ll possibly see yourself on these pages; it’s not easy to get through. “ME TOO” was born from Tarana’s work starting before she went to college. In her book, she outlines how she was given a chance to get to college even though socio-economically she wouldn’t have otherwise been able to. This opportunity led her to take on leadership and activist roles in her new community. It also led to a job with children post-grad, where her eyes opened to a larger issue: the trauma that black and brown girls walk around with everyday. She wanted to liberate them from this, but before she could, she realized she needed to liberate herself from her own trauma. Though we grew up nothing alike, So much of myself was reflected in her story. From sexual abuse to her mother reading her diary, to feeling shame, and also holding both love and hate for those who were complicit in the knowledge of abuse - this book hit on so many issues that women of all colors face today. But what Tarana will help point out is where black and brown women struggle most significantly because of the intersectionality of social economy, a history of black men being falsely accused, and the lack of support in her community. The only thing that didn’t sit well with me was the opening chapter, which I think took so much away from her work. She describes the moment when “me too” went viral, and it wasn’t because she put it out there. It had nothing to do with her work in the “me too” movement she started. It went viral in 2016 when an actress told her story and sent it out asking everyone to respond with “me too” as an act of solidarity and support. Tarana describes herself being frantic and upset that she had no control over this hashtag and that it was undermining her life’s work. And while I understand the loss and anger associated with something of yours being taken before you’re ready to release it to the world, especially because it became a completely different monster than what she intended it to be, I also think that part degraded her story a bit. In fact, the book could have done without that chapter entirely. Aside from that, I hold Tarana in high esteem for surviving what she has, and for using her grit to fight for justice for other black and brown girls and women. She is an important voice and I hope that this book shines a light on the great that she is doing and she finds more community support to continue the work.

  12. 4 out of 5

    W. Whalin

    Fascinating Storytelling in this Audiobook From the opening pages of UNBOUND: MY STORY OF LIBERATION AND THE BIRTH OF THE ME-TOO MOVEMENT, I could tell Tarana Burke was a great storyteller. I knew little about this book other than it was an Oprah Book Club selection. As I began listening to the audiobook, I learned Tarana started the Me-Too movement among the black community and was concerned when it suddenly broke into the national news. Her growing up experiences in the New York black community Fascinating Storytelling in this Audiobook From the opening pages of UNBOUND: MY STORY OF LIBERATION AND THE BIRTH OF THE ME-TOO MOVEMENT, I could tell Tarana Burke was a great storyteller. I knew little about this book other than it was an Oprah Book Club selection. As I began listening to the audiobook, I learned Tarana started the Me-Too movement among the black community and was concerned when it suddenly broke into the national news. Her growing up experiences in the New York black community was interesting listening. Much of the story is a “coming of age” type of story. The book contains a spiritual side of her life such as going to the Catholic church as a child and in moments of need, turning to God for guidance in her life and choices. Also, you should know in the storytelling and dialogue profanity is a part of the fabric of this book. I didn’t find it offensive but recognized it as a part of the story and the real words from the various people in UNBOUND. I heard the entire audiobook cover to cover and recommend it. W. Terry Whalin is an editor and the author of more than 60 books including his latest 10 Publishing Myths, Insights Every Author Needs to Succeed .

  13. 4 out of 5

    Denise Ahl

    Sad story about yet another girl sexually abused multiple times throughout her life starting at a young age and continuing into adulthood. She, like many, was unable to disclose until she was an adult and she found no justice. This little girl grows up in a rough family, in rough city, in rough schools and neighborhoods. With help of a mentor she was able to get into college. She began working running camps for other troubled kids. She worked with kids and was an outspoken activist for black and Sad story about yet another girl sexually abused multiple times throughout her life starting at a young age and continuing into adulthood. She, like many, was unable to disclose until she was an adult and she found no justice. This little girl grows up in a rough family, in rough city, in rough schools and neighborhoods. With help of a mentor she was able to get into college. She began working running camps for other troubled kids. She worked with kids and was an outspoken activist for black and women's rights. The book talks about her use of ME TOO in her work years before the ME TOO movement. By ultimately being able to disclose her victimization she was able to start to heal. The act of speaking her own "me too" and being able to see the magnitude of victims in the world and also to sit with other victims as they spoke their truth is the power of ME TOO.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Theresa (bookbliss925)

    Very good memoir. 👌🏾 I don’t often read non-fiction, but when I do, I enjoy an easy to read and well told story. Tarana’s story makes you laugh and cry, cheer her on and cuss some folk out on her behalf. I can’t say that I knew the Me Too movement was started by a Black woman or maybe I forgot 🤔 but it’s one of the most important ones we have. Her story is heartbreaking, inspiring, funny, uplifting and provides encouragement to those who may need some. I recommend this story to everyone. It’s no Very good memoir. 👌🏾 I don’t often read non-fiction, but when I do, I enjoy an easy to read and well told story. Tarana’s story makes you laugh and cry, cheer her on and cuss some folk out on her behalf. I can’t say that I knew the Me Too movement was started by a Black woman or maybe I forgot 🤔 but it’s one of the most important ones we have. Her story is heartbreaking, inspiring, funny, uplifting and provides encouragement to those who may need some. I recommend this story to everyone. It’s not a long book at all and I gobbled it up in one sitting, it’s that good. I just couldn’t stop reading and listening (audiobook) to her read her own story.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

    I tore through this. I am reluctant to critique it because it is so personal and powerful. I hope it finds wide readership. I did feel that the details of the community organizing were a bit blurry because it’s not something with which I am familiar in an employment sense. At the same time, it was clear that it was her community and her job, making any betrayals even more egregious. I also wanted to know more about her relationship with her child. But these are two living people and even though I tore through this. I am reluctant to critique it because it is so personal and powerful. I hope it finds wide readership. I did feel that the details of the community organizing were a bit blurry because it’s not something with which I am familiar in an employment sense. At the same time, it was clear that it was her community and her job, making any betrayals even more egregious. I also wanted to know more about her relationship with her child. But these are two living people and even though she opened up a memoir, that doesn’t mean I’m entitled to every last detail.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Rocknowski

    This is an absolute must-read. I am so grateful for Tarana Burke's willingness to not only share her story but to continue to do the difficult work she does. This is an absolute must-read. I am so grateful for Tarana Burke's willingness to not only share her story but to continue to do the difficult work she does.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Bookworm

    I had been intrigued to hear that Tarana Burke, the founder of the Me Too movement, was coming out with a book. Too often the news about this movement has discussed other figures and in some cases has gotten away from the original version of "Me Too," with Burke's voice minimized or not even heard. (And to be fair, she certainly doesn't have to involve herself in every case either!). To be clear, this isn't about the movement, but the person. We follow Burke's life and how she came to lead this m I had been intrigued to hear that Tarana Burke, the founder of the Me Too movement, was coming out with a book. Too often the news about this movement has discussed other figures and in some cases has gotten away from the original version of "Me Too," with Burke's voice minimized or not even heard. (And to be fair, she certainly doesn't have to involve herself in every case either!). To be clear, this isn't about the movement, but the person. We follow Burke's life and how she came to lead this movement. And to be clear, some of these stories are sad and painful. She was sexually abused and raped multiple times in her life by people close to her. She didn't have the easiest life even aside from that. But all the same, she still found ways to get through and heal. Overall, I'd say as a memoir this was not a book for me. Aside from the heavy subject matter, I wasn't particularly interested and wasn't compelled by her story, but that's only me. I DO think there is much value in that she has this book and has her own platform to tell her story. As mentioned above, in some ways it has felt Me Too has gotten away from its original version and/or intent, which is NOT a slight on Ms. Burke in any way. If anything, I'd urge people to read this as a reminder of how this movement started and why, unfortunately, we have "Me Too" in the first place. As already noted, the book deals with issues including sexual assault and rape, domestic violence, emotional/physical abuse, etc. But all the same: definitely a book to read if you get the chance. Library borrow might be best but for the right person (historian, researcher, etc.) it could be a good buy, too.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Clau CM

    This book cracked my heart open in the best possible way. Women like Tarana Burke are the hope, the strength and the love we need for ours and future generations. She is a warrior and has ALL my admiration ❤️

  19. 4 out of 5

    Roz

    Honest, eloquent, eye-opening for all women but it is written especially for black and brown women because: “Sexual violence doesn’t discriminate, but the response to it does…The response to our trauma and our truths is wildly different than the response to white women’s.” Me, too. is for black and brown women. “After years of enduring in silence and being skipped over as that veil of silence slowly lifted, we deserved to have our stories centered and our pain prioritized for once.” Thank you for Honest, eloquent, eye-opening for all women but it is written especially for black and brown women because: “Sexual violence doesn’t discriminate, but the response to it does…The response to our trauma and our truths is wildly different than the response to white women’s.” Me, too. is for black and brown women. “After years of enduring in silence and being skipped over as that veil of silence slowly lifted, we deserved to have our stories centered and our pain prioritized for once.” Thank you for writing this book, Ms. Burke.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Whitney Campbell

    This was a powerful, heavy, important, and vulnerable work. The strength and courage of this woman even from a very young age shows the fight and the audacity to keep going when so many tried to literally and figuratively hold her down and back. This was such an important read and I hope many people will read, learn, hear, grow, and work after reading this book. Thank you Tarana for living and working to make sure that Met Too survivors are seen and heard. Thank you for your story and your vulne This was a powerful, heavy, important, and vulnerable work. The strength and courage of this woman even from a very young age shows the fight and the audacity to keep going when so many tried to literally and figuratively hold her down and back. This was such an important read and I hope many people will read, learn, hear, grow, and work after reading this book. Thank you Tarana for living and working to make sure that Met Too survivors are seen and heard. Thank you for your story and your vulnerability.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kim Stock

    A difficult but important read. Warning - this book may be triggering.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Holly Dumproff

    I wanted to like this book more. The story is raw, and scary. The triumph of the #metoo movement is not really a happy ending. I was left with a gaping hole in my heart. I think I would like seeing Tarana Burke speak in person. I think it would be powerful. The book didn't do her justice. I wanted to like this book more. The story is raw, and scary. The triumph of the #metoo movement is not really a happy ending. I was left with a gaping hole in my heart. I think I would like seeing Tarana Burke speak in person. I think it would be powerful. The book didn't do her justice.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Misse Jones

    I was shook reading Tarana Burke’s memoir, UNBOUND: My Story of Liberation and the Me Too Movement! I’ve always been a believer that there is healing in walking and living your truths. That this healing magnifies when you accept your calling to use your own testimony to help others. In UNBOUND is a page-turner that you need to read and its author is one you should know. This is her story and in it she is brave, vulnerable, courageous and honest. She opens the door for readers to know her and her I was shook reading Tarana Burke’s memoir, UNBOUND: My Story of Liberation and the Me Too Movement! I’ve always been a believer that there is healing in walking and living your truths. That this healing magnifies when you accept your calling to use your own testimony to help others. In UNBOUND is a page-turner that you need to read and its author is one you should know. This is her story and in it she is brave, vulnerable, courageous and honest. She opens the door for readers to know her and her full story and the pathway that led her to becoming the founder and activist behind the wildly popular ‘ME TOO’ movement.” It is a story that will break your heart but open your eyes to the very abuses Black women and girls continue to face and bury down in hopes of finding peace and healing. Sadly, it is a story we have either encountered first hand or know someone who’s lived through similarly. In the chapter titled, “me too”, she begins: In the winter after I turned seven years old, while playing outside with friends, one of the “big boys” in my small, close-knit neighborhood took me by the hand, walked me to a dark, secluded corner in our adjourned apartment buildings, and raped me.” At SEVEN YEARS OLD, she is forced to make the decision on her own to hold onto this secret because she is too young to understand that nothing that happened that day was her fault. We begin to see how this decision affects her and every relationship following including the ones she has to her mother, father-figure Mr. Wes, family members, friends, boys and later men. I applaud the author for her willingness to tell the story. For creating a space for Black and brown women, especially where we can feel safe to share our own stories. For doing the work to heal others. For empowering through empathy. Excellent read!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jen K

    Really strong memoir of Tarana Burke who conceived the phrase "Me Too" in response to sexual violence. She shares her journey of how the work around "me too" began with her own experience of sexual violence as child and encouragement at school to become a student leader and organizer leading her south to Alabama. After graduating, she stayed in Selma to work for the organization and family that changed her life with leadership camps and support to get to college. Working with girls both at camp Really strong memoir of Tarana Burke who conceived the phrase "Me Too" in response to sexual violence. She shares her journey of how the work around "me too" began with her own experience of sexual violence as child and encouragement at school to become a student leader and organizer leading her south to Alabama. After graduating, she stayed in Selma to work for the organization and family that changed her life with leadership camps and support to get to college. Working with girls both at camp and in the after school programs in Selma, Burke was eventually forced to confront her past and try to reconcile that she was a child, a victim, a survivor and not a dirty girl. The need to support girls trying to save themselves from, reconcile with and heal from sexual violence was sadly so great and the resources so non-existent especially for these vulnerable girls of color. Burke pivoted to create programs to help them. I appreciated her strength in sharing her story so that others could know they weren't alone.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Natalie Marshall

    Tarana Burke is equally a force and a blessing. What she has been through herself, and what she has done for other girls who have experienced sexual violence, is nothing short of miraculous. She is a revolutionary for black girls specifically. Tarana has stood in the face of shame, stigma, and secrecy that is rampant in our culture as it pertains to sexual assault and sexual violence, especially among black communities, and said NO. I WILL NOT BE SILENCED. MY BODY MATTERS. BLACK GIRLS MATTER. Th Tarana Burke is equally a force and a blessing. What she has been through herself, and what she has done for other girls who have experienced sexual violence, is nothing short of miraculous. She is a revolutionary for black girls specifically. Tarana has stood in the face of shame, stigma, and secrecy that is rampant in our culture as it pertains to sexual assault and sexual violence, especially among black communities, and said NO. I WILL NOT BE SILENCED. MY BODY MATTERS. BLACK GIRLS MATTER. The advocacy and work she has done in her own communities, and in the greater community of the Me Too movement, has not been without obstacles thrown in her path every step of the way. And along the journey, she may have wavered but she never gave up. Not on herself and not on little black girls everywhere. She mentions at the end how writing this memoir was one of the hardest things she's ever done. Given the fact that I'd just read about a LOT of hard things that she's done, I felt immense compassion for her vulnerability and courage. She is a true heroine for black girls, and an important voice in the advocacy against sexual violence in our culture.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Donna Berry

    I really enjoyed this book. I had heard of the me too movement, but thought it was something that had just started a few years ago. Not realizing that Tarana originated the #metoo and it was something she had been working on for a number of years. I really enjoyed that this book dealt with some sad, but deep issues. There are so many times that when women are raped or even molested from someone that they trusted, they are made to feel shame that somehow it was their fault. This book hit home for I really enjoyed this book. I had heard of the me too movement, but thought it was something that had just started a few years ago. Not realizing that Tarana originated the #metoo and it was something she had been working on for a number of years. I really enjoyed that this book dealt with some sad, but deep issues. There are so many times that when women are raped or even molested from someone that they trusted, they are made to feel shame that somehow it was their fault. This book hit home for me and while it was hard to listen to, it also helped me to realize that we each have a testimony of our survival. And sometime by sharing with others will not only help them to realize they are not alone, but also help us to realize that we are stronger. That what our rapist and/or molesters tried to steal from us we can take that power back and use it for good. I highly recommend this book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    Me Too. It's not a club I wanted to be in but I was not given that choice. This book took me apart and then put me back together again. Thank you, Tarana for the work you've done to shine a bright light on the blight that is sexual violence against women and girls. Thanks for telling your story to make us all feel a little more seen and whole. “There are few things more painful than watching the folks you love actively not love you back. Especially when they aren’t outwardly unkind or distant or Me Too. It's not a club I wanted to be in but I was not given that choice. This book took me apart and then put me back together again. Thank you, Tarana for the work you've done to shine a bright light on the blight that is sexual violence against women and girls. Thanks for telling your story to make us all feel a little more seen and whole. “There are few things more painful than watching the folks you love actively not love you back. Especially when they aren’t outwardly unkind or distant or they’ve spoken words that sounded like love and have provided support that could be construed as love without an understanding of the kind of love you need and deserve.” ― Tarana Burke, Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement

  28. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Unbound is an excellent but tough to read memoir. I thought the author would dive more into the MeToo movement and the co-opting of the movement, but instead, the author focused on their life and experiences leading up to starting a movement. It was tough to read at times, but very impactful. 3.5 rounded up Thank you to the author, Flatiron Books, and NetGalley for providing an early copy to review!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Karis Rogerson

    I read this book as part of Megan Rapinoe's Literati book club and I'm so glad I did. What a book. It's heartbreaking and empowering, enraging in places, so beautiful throughout. Tarana Burke's love for women and for her community shines through every word, every page. The respect she has for her child and the love she gave to them, the way she tried to ensure their childhood and adulthood was more healing...it blew my mind. I really loved this book. It's so good. I read this book as part of Megan Rapinoe's Literati book club and I'm so glad I did. What a book. It's heartbreaking and empowering, enraging in places, so beautiful throughout. Tarana Burke's love for women and for her community shines through every word, every page. The respect she has for her child and the love she gave to them, the way she tried to ensure their childhood and adulthood was more healing...it blew my mind. I really loved this book. It's so good.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Liza

    Tarana Burke’s story of dealing with her own sexual assault years after it occurred and how she started the Me Too movement is phenomenal. I think every adult should read this. At the time #MeToo went viral, I had admitted to only one person that I had been sexually assaulted. Seeing others’ bravery in sharing their stories helped me admit to myself what had happened. Tarana gives names to feelings and emotions that swirl in my mind as I continue to heal.

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