10. She Had A Difficult Childhood And Early Adulthood
For much of the early chapters, AJ Lee chronicles the toxic childhood environment she was brought up in with abusive parents. Lee devotes time to talking about her mother, especially, who was obsessed with sexuality and wasted no opportunity to toss accusations at and slut-shame Lee.
At one point, she details a story where her mother told her, "You walk like you've had a d*ck up your *ss." Lee was 10 years old at the time her mother made the comment. It wasn't just her family who was to blame, either - at one point, Lee was forced to stab an intruder who broke into their apartment.
This trauma would have been bad enough on its own, but Lee also suffered from mental illness - specifically, bipolar disorder which was originally misdiagnosed as depression. Failing to get the proper treatment, Lee overdosed on antidepressants and painkillers in a suicide attempt at age 20, and her illness was later identified properly.
Throughout her hardships, she maintained a love of wrestling that drove her to eventually make it to WWE.