This autobiography of childhood neglect and bullying is told simply with compassion and poignancy. At a time when most school leavers are embarking on a future of freedom and excitement, this author chose to protect the only family he felt he had and became the sole guardian of his younger brother. With no home and no support from his socially inept father and his drug addict sister, he relates the years of emotional deprivation and abandoned dreams with courage and honesty. Training with the navy and then a trip to the Philippines to meet his mother's family eventually assists him in laying his personal demons to rest, giving him a sense of belonging. Tough Ain't Enough will inspire all readers. Benji's story assures us that it is possible to overcome all sorts of problems, and proves the importance of working through your issues and admitting human frailty. No one is tough enough. An inspiring autobiography for all - particularly young adults - Tough Ain't Enough examines the effects of childhood neglect, bullying and alcohol and substance addiction.
Benji is the second child of Swedish and Filipino migrants. His dad was a miner and a social misfit; he was fired from every single job he ever had. His mum was a chef and became a single mother when Benji was still very young. Benji spent a lot of his childhood and adolescence moving around the country and watching his family fall apart around him. Training with the navy and tracking down his long lost family in the Philippines contributed to helping him understand who he is, giving him a sense of belonging.