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Mama's Girl

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  236 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
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 Books (first published June 18th 1996)
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Oct 15, 2009 Georgette rated it really liked it
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
Oct 20, 2009 Temani rated it liked it
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
Feb 25, 2013 Chelsea rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 28, 2009 Megan rated it really liked it
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
Oct 08, 2013 Cameron Lewis rated it really liked it
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
Feb 10, 2017 Ash rated it really liked it
Great book. Touching, moving, heart-breaking. It was easy to relate to the female protagonist and I reveled in her ability to be so empathetic at her age. It was great to read about her perseverance and lack of bitterness despite her adversities.
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
Lauren King
Jul 06, 2010 Lauren King rated it really liked it
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'
Ashley Boyd
Mamas Girl is about a mother and daughter that go through lots of struggles. Veronica the main character has a mother that pays little attention to her and makes little money. As you read on into the story Veronica has trouble getting into a college that she'll have the funds for. This bring stress on all of her family. But before that Veronica had problems living with her mom so she moved to her abusive fathers house. He had a whole new family and new wife. When Veronica moved there she wa soft ...more
Anney Wong
Jan 19, 2011 Anney Wong rated it really liked it
"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
Jan 10, 2011 711Isabel B rated it really liked it
Shelves: 7th-grade
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
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
Apr 08, 2009 Johari rated it really liked it
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's a lot of people's story.

Someone stated(sorry, I don't remember who but I like it and it r
Oct 24, 2008 Roxana rated it liked it
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
Nov 06, 2007 Ammy rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 30, 2015 Tracey rated it really liked it
This book is the story of Veronica Chambers' childhood and her relationships with her family, primarily with her mother. It's touching and emotional, but you see the mother/daughter relationship persevere through all the hardships and emotional battles. The writing is very easy to understand and very poignant.
Jan 04, 2008 Lizzette rated it really liked it
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.
Tashya Dennis
Jan 01, 2011 Tashya Dennis rated it liked it
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.
Jul 12, 2009 Corinne rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 01, 2007 Alla rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
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 =)
Jul 11, 2010 Kathryn rated it liked it
Shelves: not-book-club
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.
Eli Hernandez
Nov 13, 2016 Eli Hernandez rated it it was amazing
I read this back in middle school and I loved it so much.

For someone who usually don't enjoy reading autobiographies, this one hit home for me and will always have a special place in my heart. My only wish is that I could own a copy of it.
Sep 08, 2011 Starasia rated it liked it
I related to her determination!
Apr 24, 2009 Gina rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 27, 2013 Jdias rated it liked it
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.
Nov 06, 2010 Emma rated it really liked it
So good! I love how Veronica expresses her life with no shame or embarrassment. Makes the book so much better to read!
Aug 20, 2013 Irene rated it really liked it
I thought this book was really good. Its very sad and a little scary.
Selma de Oliveira
Jan 13, 2010 Selma de Oliveira rated it liked it
very touching
Ana Baybee
Sep 18, 2008 Ana Baybee rated it it was amazing
pretty interesting. i liked it.
Aug 16, 2016 Nina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was hard for me to read at times, but love the way Chambers shared her story. Truly incredible book.
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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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