She’s Done Pretending

By Niki Bergler

ISBN: 978-1-955656-40-5


Kids have a lot of energy; they act out in class, lie, and exaggerate tales. Trouble-making behavior is typical, or is it? This is what the police, schools, and other adults believed when they saw a young girl acting out and telling stories to her friends.

Why wouldn’t anyone listen to her?

As a child, Niki did not stand a chance against her abuser. He was intelligent, calculating, and manipulative. The isolation and anger threatened to consume her, leaving behind an empty shell.

She’s Done Pretending became more than one child’s experience of abuse; it is written permission for those who tire of being controlled by the abusers in our world. It is about persistence, resilience, and hope. Niki provokes a feeling of power behind standing up for yourself and taking your life back.

204 page softcover


Niki Bergler writes to escape memories of another world to create a world worth enjoying. She resides in Wisconsin with a devilishly handsome husband and two cats who should have been named Velcro and Opera. Niki owns Forward Focus LLC. She is a strategic intervention life coach who focuses on boundaries and healthy relationships. She is also a specialist in fitness nutrition, motivational speaker, and now that you are holding this bookan author. How about that? When she is not lifting people up with her intense, un-caffeinated energy, you can find her volunteering at the food shelter, walking around searching for a bakery, or hanging out in nature doing any number of adrenalizing activities.


She’s Done Pretending is a permission slip. It’s a permission slip for readers to step out of their abuses, heartaches, and abandonments…and to step into the light of a better life. Bergler’s story, although difficult to read at times, shines light on one woman’s story of perseverance and triumph over unbelievable odds. She uses her story to show us, the readers, that there can be “life after internal death.” Through graceful writing and a fiery spirit, Bergler inspires us to see that life is what you make of it. Let this book be your permission slip to create the boundaries needed to live your best life.


~Sarah Krosschell

It is impossible to put down a story about a brave woman who overcame a heart-wrenching childhood. This book is a must-read.


~Alexander Veglahn