I kept waiting for Melissa to grow up and out of her spoiled tone, but she didn't. Instead, this is like a burn book against her mother, and really everyone (nobody is safe from her judgment). While I would have expected her to look back critically at her mother's behavior, with a sense of understanding, she instead judges her mother, her sister, her friends and neighbors, and basically everyone except her father. Wow, this is just such a spoiled narrator!! I am sure the actual actress went through more hardship than this, but the tone of the text is off-putting.
To improve this narrative, she could have told it from an adult perspective, offering -- at least at times-- a sense of how she, as an adult, understood who raised her and how hard they were working for her. The point of this book is that her mother was awful. She tells us about her mother's failings (even saying she wore the same shirt two days in a row or didn't clean their house enough so the rugs were worn...), but never reflects about her mother with real compassion or addresses her situation from a mature perspective. Her mother didn't meet her high expectations (and she had real, shocking, failings according to this book), but... wow, to write this book about her... that's really pretty awful. NOT because the book is scandalous or interesting... just petty, immature, and off-putting. I wish I'd spent my money elsewhere.
This text explains how to apply the authors' studies of the plasticity of the brain to develop and integrate your child's (and your own) mind. It's intelligent and clear, and I couldn't stop listening!
Feelings are a state of mind, and temporary, rather than a fixed personality trait. This is a useful and freeing idea.
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