Effectively truthful feel to this memoir. The author's honesty is humbling and only underlines that growing up ain't easy, especially when one's own parents haven't done so. I'll bet I'm not the only child of ....er, emotionally and mentally challenged parents who can relate at least in part. Beautifully done but some of the pain will linger with readers. Or it has for this reader.
The book had potential as an audible with good writing and the story had some good honest moments, but it was impossible to get through the poor reading. This is why authors should not read their own books. A great reader is every bit as important as the words they read out loud to us. What was Audible thinking recommending this as an editor' pick? Lesson I learned is don't buy the editor's pick!
This story is all about the characters. The author does an excellent job of building them and telling a good story. This wasn't a book that I just couldn't put down, but it was an enjoyable listen that I would recommend to anyone looking for a good read. The author did an excellent job with the narration, too.
I was looking for something funny. This was bitter, funny in a way, enjoyable all the way. I kept on wanting to listen more.
I was so sorry for all these things that were happening. And in the end I realized that the narrator was the author of the book, who was the girl the book was talking about. It gave me chills.
I love classics and non-fiction!
Such a great story; happy, sad, all of the emotions. It's well written and well read. You'll be glad you chose this book.
I love this book so much I told my kids that I would pay them $50 to read this book. I love how Jeanette tells the beauty of love, intelligence and wonder her parents gave her. How simple things could shine with importance and how strong the human spirit is. I learned so much about life choices and how skillful one must be to survive homeless. Despite severe neglect, three out of four kids banned together to make a life for themselves, such as they had never seen before or could have dreamed of This book is so inspirational, and I feel should be required reading in every college Social Work program . Bravo!
I liked the sorry. It flowed well. The narrator didn't sound like she was comfortable reading it even though it was her own writing.
This is a difficult story to hear at times. It exposes the complexities in human beings. What a beautiful story of beauty from ashes. I love this story and have immense respect for the author and her siblings!