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An Ability to Rise Risé was named after the opera star Risë Stevens. It was as if her mother knew that Risé was not meant to be written into the family’s tragedies. In fact, from a young age Risé found a way to rise above the chaos, abuse, and molestation of her childhood, eventually escaping the weight of her family, and learning to love and believe in herself. This stor An Ability to Rise Risé was named after the opera star Risë Stevens. It was as if her mother knew that Risé was not meant to be written into the family’s tragedies. In fact, from a young age Risé found a way to rise above the chaos, abuse, and molestation of her childhood, eventually escaping the weight of her family, and learning to love and believe in herself. This story is a testament to her deep determination and innate courage.


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An Ability to Rise Risé was named after the opera star Risë Stevens. It was as if her mother knew that Risé was not meant to be written into the family’s tragedies. In fact, from a young age Risé found a way to rise above the chaos, abuse, and molestation of her childhood, eventually escaping the weight of her family, and learning to love and believe in herself. This stor An Ability to Rise Risé was named after the opera star Risë Stevens. It was as if her mother knew that Risé was not meant to be written into the family’s tragedies. In fact, from a young age Risé found a way to rise above the chaos, abuse, and molestation of her childhood, eventually escaping the weight of her family, and learning to love and believe in herself. This story is a testament to her deep determination and innate courage.

30 review for Rise: A Memoir

  1. 5 out of 5

    Bridget Holbert

    Good Well written, inspiring memoir. From a poor, abusive family she rises up to achieve success all on her own. A child that survived molestation, rape and really didn't experience any motherly or fatherly love she beat the odds and became a strong, successful person. Written in first hand, i enjoyed this book. Good Well written, inspiring memoir. From a poor, abusive family she rises up to achieve success all on her own. A child that survived molestation, rape and really didn't experience any motherly or fatherly love she beat the odds and became a strong, successful person. Written in first hand, i enjoyed this book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Merri Hovey

    Wow! Thank you so much for sharing your story. I think it is incredibly brave to have put your life story on paper for the world to read. You are an inspiration Risa and i feel privileged to have met you!! Thank you again for sharing your life with us!! o I loved this story, I found it to be truly inspirational and I would highly recommend this book to anyone who feels that they cannot overcome the problems of their past. I know this woman, and she is the real deal!! Thank you Risa!! You rock!! Me Wow! Thank you so much for sharing your story. I think it is incredibly brave to have put your life story on paper for the world to read. You are an inspiration Risa and i feel privileged to have met you!! Thank you again for sharing your life with us!! o I loved this story, I found it to be truly inspirational and I would highly recommend this book to anyone who feels that they cannot overcome the problems of their past. I know this woman, and she is the real deal!! Thank you Risa!! You rock!! Merri

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Paxton

    Happens way to much Couldn't put it down, but I am confused as to why she never explained why being so cruel to other people made her feel better as a child. Poor sibs. However, God bless this family Happens way to much Couldn't put it down, but I am confused as to why she never explained why being so cruel to other people made her feel better as a child. Poor sibs. However, God bless this family

  4. 5 out of 5

    Blanca M. Harrison

    Great good book Well crafted. Truth telling memoir holds back nothing . Couldn't put it down. Don't miss this one if you love a good read. Great good book Well crafted. Truth telling memoir holds back nothing . Couldn't put it down. Don't miss this one if you love a good read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Hale

    Absorbing and inspiring So far, the only book I've given 5 stars on Kindle. I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend this book. Absorbing and inspiring So far, the only book I've given 5 stars on Kindle. I couldn't put it down. I highly recommend this book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    mike kallenbach

    Very good read . Until you have been their you have no clue .I admirer her and what she made I'll her life . Very good read . Until you have been their you have no clue .I admirer her and what she made I'll her life .

  7. 4 out of 5

    Joyce A Smith

    Eye opening To those of us who struggle to find their self-worth, this memoir gives hope. To find yourself, you have to recognize yourself.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tonya Reynolds

    Just a horrible read Just badly told. I could barely finish it. Redundant. Zero personality. No character. I skipped a majority of it just to finish it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ann Wendland

    Tragic childhood so many children survive and “rise” up and take control of their futures Many don’t survive to write about their childhood and take action to bring attention to the world to bring awareness to what hidden horrors children endure

  10. 4 out of 5

    vesta lowe

    Amazing I loved this book. If ever there was a true about a phoenix rising from the ashes, this is it. Rise Meyers overcame so many obstacles to claim the life she now has. There were times I cried for her, and times I cheered for her. Everyone who has ever faced adversity can learn from her story.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Pat Dire

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was a hard book to read because of all the abuse that went on between the siblings and parents, especially the mother. I don’t know why the main character Rise’ didn’t just run away when she had the chance. Not a feel good book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    christy whiddon

    Story of a tragic family How one women survived an abusive family and managed to succeed outwardly. Sad at the end since she obviously physically survived but has not ever found the love she so desperately needs.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Frankie

    Inspirational Moved by this book.. Ruse life experiences and struggles kept her moving forward. What an inspirational read. Enjoyed reading. Thanks.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    Interesting Very detailed abuse and rough life. So surprised at how this turned out. Interesting read though. Glad for the author.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    A little hard to get through in some spots. Her story is so raw and so emotional, definitely a riveting story I would recommend.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Shawnda Meek

    Heartbreaking I can't believe someone has had such a crummy life could write and let us in..she has a great deal of sadness... Heartbreaking I can't believe someone has had such a crummy life could write and let us in..she has a great deal of sadness...

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Grit, Grace and Gratitude This book is rich! I say that because of it's at times heartbreaking and tragic details, the strength of the author even as a child to endure and not give up, always striving for better and more and because, despite the lack in her own early years, she knew how to care for and about others while learning to love herself. I found Rise Myers memoir to be a captivating read although certainly not easy in terms of the often heartbreaking experiences she lived through. It is Grit, Grace and Gratitude This book is rich! I say that because of it's at times heartbreaking and tragic details, the strength of the author even as a child to endure and not give up, always striving for better and more and because, despite the lack in her own early years, she knew how to care for and about others while learning to love herself. I found Rise Myers memoir to be a captivating read although certainly not easy in terms of the often heartbreaking experiences she lived through. It is well written, well edited and presents as a 5 star literary meal : You don't want to see it end yet you are satisfied when it does! I am so glad the author persevered in her search for the safety, stability and quality of life that ALL kids deserve and that she continues to use not only her past but her present day successes as a way to help others. In doing so, she no doubt makes the journey less painful for other victims out there. My best wishes for your continued success to Rise Myers should she happen to see this. You are a gift!

  18. 4 out of 5

    VIRGINIA DACOSTA

    From unrelenting abuse to redemption Rise endured the kind of childhood that would have snuffed the will to live for for other children in similar situations. She numbed the emotional damage with alcohol and drugs for years always seeking a way out.from her dysfunctional family trying in any way she could to make and steal money. Along the way she meets some good people but wondering if she is ever really worthy of love. Her story spans decades and at times the reader roots for her, at other time From unrelenting abuse to redemption Rise endured the kind of childhood that would have snuffed the will to live for for other children in similar situations. She numbed the emotional damage with alcohol and drugs for years always seeking a way out.from her dysfunctional family trying in any way she could to make and steal money. Along the way she meets some good people but wondering if she is ever really worthy of love. Her story spans decades and at times the reader roots for her, at other times we feel her pain and struggle to make sense of her existence. A mesmerizing read, I couldn't stop

  19. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    Up Mt. Everest without oxygen! 'Rise' is the title and also a mispronunciation of her real name Ris'e. I don't think the keyboard actually does the accent. But along with constant fumbles with her name, Rise is fighting for her identity! Nothing to do with Everest, but a formidable journey ever breathless against terrible abuse, poverty, rejection, dirt and addictions. If only a few young women could pick this book up, find part of Rise's story to relate to and gain strength and encouragement for Up Mt. Everest without oxygen! 'Rise' is the title and also a mispronunciation of her real name Ris'e. I don't think the keyboard actually does the accent. But along with constant fumbles with her name, Rise is fighting for her identity! Nothing to do with Everest, but a formidable journey ever breathless against terrible abuse, poverty, rejection, dirt and addictions. If only a few young women could pick this book up, find part of Rise's story to relate to and gain strength and encouragement for their metamorphosis, then Rise's struggles to tell her story have not been in vain! A 'good read'!!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Amy Frazier

    Read it. If you're wondering if this is worth your time to read, the answer is yes. The writing is smooth and clear, the voice of the author well presented. I tend to enjoy reading as a form of escapism, looking for uplifting stories or romance. I hesitated briefly when I was considering this title, I was concerned that I would find the depictions of abuse upsetting. I'm glad I chose to read it anyway. I found it sad to read, but not triggering, and the ending is uplifting. I commend the author Read it. If you're wondering if this is worth your time to read, the answer is yes. The writing is smooth and clear, the voice of the author well presented. I tend to enjoy reading as a form of escapism, looking for uplifting stories or romance. I hesitated briefly when I was considering this title, I was concerned that I would find the depictions of abuse upsetting. I'm glad I chose to read it anyway. I found it sad to read, but not triggering, and the ending is uplifting. I commend the author on her bravery in sharing her story. Do yourself a favor and read it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lois Keel

    Dysfunction is the family that Rise grows up in This book is like the last several I have read about families that look like mine. I keep reading about people who have survived the most horrible abuse I can think up and come out of it with a new normal that you always think is the way your friends grow up but are seldom true. As adults it is our responsibility to make a life that doesn't fall into the old familiar ways we were raised. Dysfunction is the family that Rise grows up in This book is like the last several I have read about families that look like mine. I keep reading about people who have survived the most horrible abuse I can think up and come out of it with a new normal that you always think is the way your friends grow up but are seldom true. As adults it is our responsibility to make a life that doesn't fall into the old familiar ways we were raised.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jp

    Tough to read at times, but so worth it. The way she wrote the book it was as if she was just talking to you, telling her story. I appreciated that, and the fact she didn't mince words. Her experiences were often difficult, and relatable for me. She roped me in and I had to see the outcome. I was cheering for her! Tough to read at times, but so worth it. The way she wrote the book it was as if she was just talking to you, telling her story. I appreciated that, and the fact she didn't mince words. Her experiences were often difficult, and relatable for me. She roped me in and I had to see the outcome. I was cheering for her!

  23. 5 out of 5

    caroljordan

    Rise above life I enjoyed this book very much but found it so disturbing that a child could survive the upbringing of this family. The conditions were unbelievable. Where were the teachers and others that would allow this discustusting family to continue.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Terry Milner

    Rise in my opinion was put on this earth to inspire people. And she seems to be doing an amazing job of doing just that. I loved this book, I have read a lot of books, but it is hard to find a book that flows so well. Like so many other people who reviewed her book, I was unable to put it down.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Chad Kline

    Really opened my eyes! This book really helped me to see what I wouldn’t as a male. I really learn a lot and what I need to make sure my girls know how to handle these situations and that it’s not okay for anyone to make them feel helpless and insecure.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bobbi J Smith

    A real life story. A great story of overcoming adversaries and growing into the life you were meant to live. We all have a life we came here to live. Some fail and some succeed but we are never judged for it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Gatts

    Rise I enjoyed this book.It was a quick read and a page turner.Ride had a very hard life growing up. One click today.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lorna

    very good book,couldn't put it down! very good book,couldn't put it down!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Mohlsick

    Rising above One of the best books I've read on family dysfunction. Rise proves herself to be quite resilient. Proves that anybody can rise up out of the dirt Rising above One of the best books I've read on family dysfunction. Rise proves herself to be quite resilient. Proves that anybody can rise up out of the dirt

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I was only a few pages into this book when I realized it was not for me.

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