ACTION DRAMA FAMILY MEMOIR OTHER SUSPENSE/THRILLER BIOGRAPHICAL
1980s & '90s,2000s
Escaping death at the hands of her violent ex, traumatized by multiple rapes, alcoholism, loss of a nursing career and even homelessness, this is the incredible true story of one woman’s determination to change her life. Her transformation has her operating the largest equipment in the world!
Childhood memories of sexual abuse, family violence, sense of abandonment and neglect. The story begins with dog house rules as Kathy hides with the dog praying to God. Emotions of fear, loneliness, and despair, lead to the journey of change as she connects with her Faith that shows her the way out.
Through a series of Spiritual experiences and an angel in the disguise of Toothless Joe, Kathy makes one decision that changes her life. She gets the help she needs, and now operates the largest equipment in the world! She travels the world helping women, youth, and communities who need it.
Langbank, Montreal, Miami, New York, Whitehorse, Edmonton
Based on a True Story
Plot - Premise
Rags to Riches,Overcoming Monster/Villain,Internal Journey/Rebirth
Plot - Other Elements
Meaningful Message,Happy Ending
Mature Audience Themes
Sexual Abuse,Substance Abuse,Extreme Violence
Main Character Details
Name: Kathy Tuccaro
Age: book covers the lifespan until 50
Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Empathetic,Funny,Selfless,Sexy,Educated,Insecure,Desperate
Additional Character Details
Key Traits: Aggressive,Criminal,Narcisstic,Uneducated,Blunt,Power Hungry,Manipulative,Insecure,Villainous
Additional Character Details
Name: Toothless Joe
Key Traits: Underdog,Lone Wolf
Additional Character Details
Key Traits: Empathetic,Faithful,Selfless,Funny,Strong Moral Code,Honorable
This incredible true story is of one determined woman who escapes death by strangulation at the hands of her sociopathic, stalker ex-boyfriend. She overcomes childhood molestation, multiple sexual assaults including gang rape, suicide attempts, domestic violence to the extreme, near-death, loss of a nursing career, alcoholism and even homelessness. The events that occur will keep you on your toes as you root for her to fight her way through it. One decision after a desperate encounter with Toothless Joe changed her life forever and today she operates the largest equipment in the world! The truck she drives is 2 1/2 stories high, weighs one million pounds and carries 400 tons of dirt. When the box is up it is 5 stories high! The courage and strength it takes to transform herself will inspire all who watch it. Kathy now travels the world giving FREE personal development classes to women's shelters, schools, juvenile homes, disadvantaged communities, and even prisons. Many people in the world have suffered a similar fate, therefore they will find inspiration to continue their journey of transformation. The message in this book is powerful and will leave the audience with a sense of awe, and plant a seed of hope in their minds and hearts that change is possible!
MATURE AUDIENCE, DRAMA, RELIGION
A girl suffers all kinds of abuse since she is a little kid. She goes through a life of suffering with her family, friends and boyfriends. After challenging all these difficulties, she finally finds love and the perfect job, that helps her develop confidence in herself.
Authors Writing Style: GOOD
Franchise Potential: FAIR
Accuracy of Book Profile
Yes, it does perfectly
Draw of Story
The fact that it is a story about a woman overcoming obstacles, a past of suffering and difficulties posed by society to finally find happiness.
Yes, the lack of characterization and the fact that sometimes parts of the story feel rushed and are not told in its entirety.
Use of Special Effects
THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS
Primary Hook of Story
The fact that it is a story about overcoming a life of difficulties and abuse, based on a true story.
Possibly, because many people might be moved by the author's story.
Possibly, with some alterations, because it could become a very powerful drama.
Similar Films/TV Series
IT REMINDED ME OF THE MOVIE “ROOM”, BECAUSE OF THE THEME CONCERNING LIVING IN AN ENVIRONMENT OF CONSTANT ABUSE. ALSO THE SERIES “SHARP OBJECTS,” FOR THE SAME REASON.
What’s New About the Story
Not exactly original, but the power of the story comes from the determination the protagonist has to turn her life around. For it to become more unique, the book should contain more details, characterize the main character better, and further explore the situations presented.
The lead character stands out for being very resilient and ultimately hopeful, even without having any reasons to be so.
Uniqueness of Story
As it is, not really. It lacks more characterization sometimes, instead of the nice messages the book tries to send the readers, which eventually take too much space from the story.
Film - Indie, TV Series - Limited Run / Mini-Series, TV Series - Streaming
WORK IN PROGRESS
While the story has many positive points, it has room for improvement (see possible paths below). If you can't change the story at this point, my suggestion is using your notes as a guide to highlight the best aspects of it when taking the next steps, either putting a pitch page together, a treatment, or a presentation.
Tips for Improvement
First of all, to work even harder on character development. Some supporting characters sometimes feel more like archetypes than actual people. Going a little beyond even the abusive behavior demonstrated by some of them, for instance, could bring the protagonist's hard experiences closer to real life. It is very interesting that the writer decided to merge her story with some self-improvement lessons she'd like to transmit through her personal experience. However, it could be a little toned down, since it occupies a very large part of the book, borrowing from the solid story the author is telling. If there were a better equilibrium between those two things, the pace and structure would feel lighter and smoother, and it could be adapted into a very strong, cathartic cinematic experience.