Can't Forgive: My 20-Year Battle with O.J. Simpson

Can't Forgive: My 20-Year Battle with O.J. Simpson Review

Don’t tell her she needs to find closure. Don’t ask her to forgive and forget.

When Kim was just 22, her older brother, Ron Goldman, was brutally killed by O.J. Simpson. Ron and Kim were very close, and her devastation was compounded by the shocking not guilty verdict that allowed a smirking Simpson to leave as a free man.

It wasn’t Kim’s first trauma. Her parents divorced when she was young, and she and Ron were raised by their father. Her mother kidnapped her, telling her that her father didn’t love her any more. When she was 14, she was almost blinded from severe battery acid burns on her face during an automobile accident, requiring three reconstructive surgeries.

But none of these early traumas compared to the loss of her brother, the painful knowledge that his killer was free, and fact that she could not even grieve privately—her grief was made painfully public. Counseled by friends, strangers, and even Oprah to “find closure,” Kim chose a different route. She chose to fight.

Repeatedly, Kim and her family pursued Simpson by every legal means. Foiled over and over again, they ultimately achieved a small measure of justice.

Kim’s story is one of tragedy, but also of humanity and, often, comedy. Living life as one of America’s most famous “victims” isn’t always easy, especially as a single mother in the dating market. She often had bizarre first date experiences, with one man even breaking down into tears and inconsolable with grief after realizing who she was.

Ultimately Kim’s story is that of an ordinary person thrown into extraordinary circumstances at a very young age, and who had the courage—despite the discouragement of so many—to ignore the conventional wisdom and never give up her fight for justice.

Title:Can't Forgive: My 20-Year Battle with O.J. Simpson
Edition Language:English

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  • Stephanie Borders

    I enjoyed this at first, until I realized that Goldman was just going to gloss over her brother'a murder and the subsequent trials. It was odd what she chose to include and what she didn't. For instan...

  • Debbie

    Kim Goldman has had a lot of obstacles in life. She had an unusually close relationship with her older brother because she had an absentee mom. Her dad was present and involved but had a new wife and ...

  • Shelley Geiger

    Rambling onI gave this book only three stars because the author rambled on about the same thing. It felt like she didn't have too much else to say and needed to fill up pages....

  • Marsha

    We tend to forget how violent crimes affect the families of the victims and Kim Goldman does a wonderful job of sharing how the death of her brother, whom she was very close to, affects her in her dai...

  • ? Marlene?

    What a weird book this was. Or is. I have never felt like reading anything about the Killings of Nicole and Ron because I knew the killer had gotten free which i still find ridiculous.This woman Ron's...

  • Lisa  Carlson

    In June of 1994 the murders of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson permeated the news cycle and would continue to do so for some time. I remember it very well because my son was born 3 days prior and...

  • Charlotte

    The book is well written although there are several typos, it skips around and often feels disjointed, and discussions about boyfriends don't seem to fit. This book is about the author's life before v...

  • Becca Moss

    Maybe more of a 3.5 stars. I recently watched The People VS. OJ Simpson and became engulfed in the trial, Nicole Brown, OJ Simpson and Ron Goldman's stories. I was hoping this book had more to do with...

  • Carol Wiilliams

    Although I have NO doubt in my mind that O.J. Simpson killed both Ron and Nicole, I do think that Kim needs to accept the fact that the justice system let her and her family down and she needs, for he...

  • Robert

    Story is great, but editing is only fair. There's enough talk about the tragic things that happened to Kim and Ron that you forget the purpose of the story, and yet I don't blame her. In her shoes I w...