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Mama's Girl

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On the streets of Brooklyn in the 1970s, Veronica Chambers mastered the whirling helixes of a double-dutch jump rope with the same finesse she brought to her schoolwork, her often troubled family life, and the demands of being overachieving and underprivileged. Her mother—a Panamanian immigrant—was too often overwhelmed by the task of raising Veronica and her difficult you...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published May 1st 1997 by Riverhead Trade (first published June 18th 1996)
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Georgette
I liked this book because it shows some true life factors that really happen in a normal girls life. Everyone doesnt have good relationships with their parents,and some girls want to impress there mother in some way. So i liked the way the author showed an example of how a child may look at her mother and how a mother may look at her child. I noticed that the author showed you the difference between how a parent treats a boy and a girl also. I undserstood why vikki wanted attention from her moth...more
Chelsea
This book was a really good inspiring book.It was about a girl who wants to make her mom happy even after her dad was beating her.I really liked this book because unlike some children Veronica is just worried about her mothers happiness and safety .She went to school just to make her mother proud and so she could get a good job so she could buy what ever she felt that her mom needed/ wanted .
This book makes me wanna take her place sometimes.Veronica goes through so much during her childhood .S...more
Megan
This book is about a girl trying to find her mother's love. Veronica always did things to try and have her mother notice it, but it never worked. This book in a way kind of remind me of me when I was younger because my mother was always busy working and I never really had a chance to spend time with her. The main character is strong, because even though she has been through so much, she still managed to get herself together and finally got her mothers attention. At first when I started reading t...more
Cameron Lewis
I really enjoyed this book , and would recommend it to anyone to read. This story tells of a young girl growing up poor in New York trying to stay strong for her mother and, younger brother. Throughout this story I was kept entertains leaving me wanting more
Lauren King
I liked this book because the author held nothing back. She spoke of growing up with her mother and brother in a single parent household proudly. While it was apparent that her mother's culture was one that favored boys over girls she did not let that keep her from achieving and trying to make the most of everything.

Her relationship with her mother was strained I think because they were so much alike. I think her mother saw all her potiential in her daughter and was somewhat jealous so she didn'...more
Annelisa
My only real issue with the book itself is that it didn't go on longer, I loved it that much. Veronica Chambers paints an honest, funny, and often painful portrait of a bright young woman trying to earn her mother's acceptance, never quite feeling that she was good enough. From her childhood, she noticed a marked difference in the way that she and her brother were treated, with the latter being the favored one. In spite of her accomplishments, her mother still was not able to give her the assura...more
Temani
This book reminded me of my childhood days when I used to double dutch outside with telephone wires. I understood what the girls meant when they say "We rocked back and forth to show the boys we were cute". Every girl that jumped doubles did it to show off to the boys. The telephone wire was the best and common use for double dutch ropes in urban neighborhoods. One thing that stood out to me in this book, was about getting named after someone. I think almost everybody gets their name after someo...more
Anney Wong
"Mama's Girl" a memoir by Veronica Chambers captures the essence of a young female living in Brooklyn. Veronica expresses how she had a broken relationship with her parents. Especially with her mother, no matter how she excelled academically her mother had no positive reaction and showed no affection. I know many people have gone through this and how parents can treat there son better then there daughter because i have been through it. She moved around since her parents were divorced and still h...more
711Isabel B
MAMA'S GIRL, by Veronica Chambers was a pretty incredible story.
I think that the book was based simply around the relationship between Chambers and her mother. I think that if the plot and the story had been changed, the story would have been different, but the story wouldn't be totally unrecognizable, because so much of the story is based on the relationship between Chambers and her mother. While so many things were happening around Chambers and her mother, they were like rocks in a stream - t...more
Johari
I picked this up because she is the daughter of a Panamanian.(Yay blatinas!)

I like the writing style. Her life was tough and but this is not a feel sorry for me story ,it's a look how strong I am and what I made of my life and how I don't hate my mother for the life I have story. I know many people who are the child of immigrants who have a childhood that would scare most people. It's a real story.....it's a lot of people's story.

Someone stated(sorry, I don't remember who but I like it and it r...more
Alicia
Veronica's memoir about growing up in a tumultuous household with a mother struggling to do right, though failing to protect them from abuse and emotional instability. With a failed marriagebetween her parents, abusive father, money troubles and a general sense of never being good enough, Veronica spends her time trying to be the daughter she's supposed to, yet needs to struggle to survive and find a place where she can meet her mother in understanding and appreciation.

Great autobiography that...more
Ebony
This was an excellent read!! It kept me engaged and before I knew it, I had read it in two days lol.
Roxana
Oct 24, 2008 Roxana rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: People who aren't afraid to follow there dreams even though it might sound impossible.
Recommended to Roxana by: Ms.Mccrillis (book club)
Mama's Girl was the most descriptive memoir i've ever read. In this novel Veronica explains her life experience as having a Panamanian mother and a hispanic father. Even though she is really hispanic she is considered black. Being black means everyone stares at you badly adn expect you to talk bad grammar and never do good in life. Veronica proves that all wrong even though she followed that path (almost fell in the hands of a pimp)but recovered. She went to Simon College and became a succesful...more
Ammy
Nov 25, 2007 Ammy rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: anyone who cant find good books[[crystal]]
woow this book is amazing i love it:
its about a young girl who suffers in her teen years a divorce which turns her whole life all around. She moves so many times and ends up settling in the worst .Veronica learns to value things in life as they are and to be strong. She overcame these abuses,beats,lack of parenthood and mistreats. she takes advantage of her knowledge and becomes a daughter her mom is proud of.
Lizzette
Jan 10, 2008 Lizzette rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: anyone
This book is about how Veronica the main character of the book always tries to impress her mom and be the best daughter possible, but her mom never seemed to care. In the end her mom always cared about her daughter because she trusted her and knew she would always do well, that's why her mom seemed never impressed.
Kathryn
Who recommended this book to me? If it was you, please let me know!

A quick, emotional read, this memoir tells the tale of a girl who lacked for affection, and worked to prove herself to the world - especially her mother.
Corinne  Lundstrum
I really enjoyed this book and it made me think a lot about the decisions my family made how that impacted me. I had the pleasure of meeting Veronica (my mom worked with her brother) and she is an amazing woman.
Alla
This book really explains how we all live nowadays. It started off and ended pretty sharply. The author wasn't very clear at the end,in other words, "it left you hanging" << haha i'm sure that's how you say it =)
Tashya Dennis
Honestly I do not like memoirs, but I loved this one. It's the first book I ever read by Chambers. When I met Chambers it felt like I was in the book, like she left true pieces of herself in her book.
Jo Lin
Such great passion from an editor from the new york times. Love her take on her life, just because it's hers. Love how much passion she puts in by telling us the family problems.
Jdias
Decided to read this book after reading Yes, Chef by the same author. Interesting to read, a page turner. It is remarkable to see how much she overcame while growing up.
Gina
Read this ages ago because the author is a Simon's Rock alumna. I remember liking it, but not much else about it. It would be a good one to reread one of these days.
Rosyposy
Jan 05, 2009 Rosyposy rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: to any one
Recommended to Rosyposy by: My friend Cynthia
This book is a good book. This book is also a relatable book. Its a good book to read when you have spear time and over all its just a great book so far.
Emma
So good! I love how Veronica expresses her life with no shame or embarrassment. Makes the book so much better to read!
704israth
this book is about a girl who is poor but tries her best to give her mom EVERYTHING but her mom is still not happy
Irene
I thought this book was really good. Its very sad and a little scary.
Sonic
namdedrop: i went to college with veronica chambers
Nyasha Junior
Interesting life. Not an interesting read.
Starasia
I related to her determination!
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Veronica Chambers is a prolific author, best known for her critically acclaimed memoir, Mama’s Girl, which has been course adopted by hundreds of high schools and colleges throughout the country. The New Yorker called Mama’s Girl “a troubling testament to grit and mother love… one of the finest and most evenhanded in the genre in recent years.” Born in Panama and raised in Brooklyn, Ms. Chambers'...more
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