California | Member Since 2012
The end got weird and drawn out. It's pretty obvious how it will end and VERY obvious within the last two hours. Which was okay until the last 45 minutes when it just drug out.
This is the third book I've gobbled up in a week. I wasn't a fan of the narrator but I respect the difficult job of so many voices. In parts though it was annoying especially in the beginning with the story seemed implausible. However, as she has done with her other books she follows the story all the way through no quick and tidy endings her characters stay true to themselves throughout the whole story. And as human beings can often seem a contradiction to themselves. Or misunderstood by an outsider. The characters themselves discover why there lives were contradictions at time. Maybe it's just the kid weed social worker in me that I too have seen these characters in real life. I enjoyed this perspective. I wonder how hard it would of been for us to find any compassion if we were exposed to both families experiences over those 27 years. I was sure I didn't like this book as well as the others and then I cried like a baby the last hour and a half of the story.
First Diane may very well be my new favorite author. After reading the Silent Sister I needed another good read. Diane does a great job of getting you right into the story and keeping the pace engaging and vivid. This was a hard listen due to the subject matter and as there seemed to be no positive outcomes or ending I was nervous to spend 10 hours angry, sad and frustrated due to the injustices. After listening to the final chapter and hearing the truth about the practice of sterilization lasting until 1976 and the misuse of power to cover up crimes, prejudices, racism, and ignorance I strongly believe everyone needs to know this portion of our history.
As I continue to her political, religious, economic and racial debates about what injustices do or don't .... Have or haven't existed and people telling other people to just get over it or it wasn't that bad or minimized and rationalizing a history they don't believe or understand, the more I believe it should be mandated reading: stories such as this, Selma or The UnBroken. Especially this story that I am sure many people are completely unaware of, and 1976 was only 49 years ago. Just because the majority of us are not evil does not mean that evil doesn't exist in the work nor does it mean that there are not still institutionalized evils still in place. Sorry for the tangent but the power of Diane's writing planted the outrage. She's an excellent writer. Thank you for shining a light on a little known atrocity right here at home in the great US of A.
Two mantras I will take with me forever. So nice the book is read by the author has there are some
Brave testimonials made more believable as she's reading them. Such a cheerful, funny and caring voice to walk is through such a debilitating, ugly, raw, embarrassing and shameful mine field of emotions. I love this book and will refer to it again and again if even just the epilogue. Thank you for this gift, I applied it immediately the very next day and saw wonderful results for myself and others. Imperfect progress using space for grace.
I enjoyed listening to this very poignant story. I appreciate when the author reads the book normally. However there was something lacking in either emotion or range of inflection that I couldn't put my finger on, but was a distraction from the story. I actually stopped listening and decided the story was too important not to finish. Great writing maybe would have been enhanced with a different reader.
Brenes books are amazing and have filled in a huge missing piece within the power of intentions theory. I strongly suggest pairing this book with the E Course offered through own and getting a journal and water colors. This combination has had a profound affect on me. The narrators voice was a little too sweet and fairy tale ish for Brenes whit and truth talk. Though I do understand she's a busy lady that needs boundaries.
This book really is a compilation of all the self help that's been out there and is out there. She is funny and sarcastic and very smart. She has condensed all the material to the most relevant and current information. I loved loved loved it!
This book tried to pretend it was about something as we hear a teen girl is dead within the first chapter. It was about nothing and it drowned on and on and on. Made worse only by the melodramatic tones of the narrator trying to make nothing sound like something which was, at beat patronizing. At worst enough to make me want to scream!! Even the topic of the multiracial relationship within the context of the era was pathetic. This could have held a lot of substance and authentic substance to the story. The content was whiny (topic and example) with a tone of despair and isolation. Playing right into the hands of people that like to use words like "race card" to minimize the experi nice and effect of living through multiracial families in this time. A real disappointment.
I really looked forward to and enjoyed this book. I really liked The Husband's Secret and this was as good and probably better. Great character development and suspense built in. So much suspense that I gobbled it right up and now I miss reading it. I hate it when I do that.
The story is a good idea and believable. However, the girls vocabulary and understanding of the dynamics of interpersonal relationships and psychology was stretched a bit far. I know they tried to convince us it was only because she'd been in therapy (3 years ago) so she was 11? They should have made her older to fit the vocab, but couldn't to fit the naivety. And I guess it could be considered good writing that the guy was so creepy I felt like a co-conspirator reading it and so it was creepy (not in a good way) to continue. But there were so many unanswered questions I did want to finish it to see how it worked out. This is when I really was upset as the writer jumped, skipped stepped and waved a magic wand for it to all come to an end.
The story happening is not unbelievable, but the characters are unbelievable only because half the time we are suppose to believe she's wise beyond her years and the other half that she's sheltered and easily swayed. And the guy his character was all over the map and to believe he was as sinister as he was, he never would have done what he did at the end. I am probably adding to the intrigue to reading it, but I am just not trying to be a spoiler. This is not a good read, it makes little sense, and leaves more questions than answers even with its time lapse to the past for explanations, leaving more questions. Don't bother, you won't know much more than you know right now.
This was okay and perhaps if I read the abridge version I would have enjoyed it more. Whai i liked about her other work was it's realism and taking on of real issues. This was less of that and probably would have not encouraged me to read her other work if this was the book I started with.
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