Running on All Fours


Non-Fiction - Social Issues
107 Pages
Reviewed on 06/18/2021
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Reviewed by Daniel D Staats for Readers' Favorite

Susan Jean Ricci, in Running on All Fours, has found my soft spot. Being the parent of a differently-abled child myself, I empathized when reading about the problems Susan and her brother endured at the hands of an abusive “father” and struggling mother. Too often the siblings of a differently-abled child are forgotten because the parents and others are busy taking care of the needs of the “targeted” child. Susan opens her heart to share with her readers the personal issues of the sibling, both emotionally and physically. To make matters worse in her life, her “father” was an abusive alcoholic. Read this story and you will rejoice with Susan in her triumphs and weep with her in her many sorrows.

Society today is much more open and accommodating to differently-abled individuals. Children who had disabilities back in the 70s, 80s, and even into the 90s were targeted for neglect and abuse. They were thought too “dumb” to learn anything. They were treated as completely useless. Running on All Fours by Susan Jean Ricci sheds light on how things used to be for the differently-abled. Susan explains the struggle to get help for her brother and the hurdles she had to jump over with her mother to finally have her brother placed in a good home. This book is both insightful and inspiring. Susan’s example can help people dealing with the differently-abled find the courage to never give up. Susan’s words will stay with you and help you see the differently-abled in a whole new light.