An acquaintance of mine asked me to review her book on a topic that I have personally dealt with. I told her some of my experiences, and she insensitively included them in her book (w/out naming me, but I know it was my experience). She said I was stupid for fighting a PE requirement in college before I began classes. We both are physically disabled, and I can’t do PE without a high chance of me falling and hurting myself (I’ve broken 3 bones just in random falls before I was 18). My parents did not want to risk my safety doing 6 PE classes (3 credit requirement, classes were .5 credits) so we fought it and got a waiver. The classes didn’t count towards the students’ GPA anyway. I get that she is entitled to her opinion and don’t wish to confront her about it.
She includes a few other of my stories in her book, not naming me, of course. I am angry she knew they were in there and still asked me to read it while criticizing my decisions.
I no longer wish to review her book, but I don’t want to tell her the real reason as she is a very difficult person to deal with. I can’t say I am busy with work as I am not working currently, and with my disability, I am basically a shut-in. I don’t know what to tell her. Reading the book now makes me anxious and upset as I find it really condescending, and I really don’t want to read more of her opinions about me.
I already struggle with anxiety and this is triggering more symptoms that I really don’t need to be dealing with.
Any ideas of what I can tell her?