What started out as a project turned into a genuine friendship that made me like this book all the more. Mr. Dash as Rosa Lee liked calling the authorWhat started out as a project turned into a genuine friendship that made me like this book all the more. Mr. Dash as Rosa Lee liked calling the author Leon Dash interviewed several families before settling on Rosa Lee's family. He initially wanted to write about a few other families, but quickly realised that following that many lives was only going to allow him to skim the surface. He wanted to write about the intimate details, so he had to dive deep becoming devoted to only one family. While reading this book I became aware of just how little I know about African American history, and it has given me a strong desire to learn more. In my opinion this book shows the lasting effects of slavery, a scar that runs deep through many lower class African American families. A scar that until I read this book was invisible to me. Rosa Lee told the author Leon Dash that she wanted her story to be told so that it could possibly help someone to avoid the mistakes she has made. Leon kindly let her know that the type of people who would be reading this wouldn't be the ones living the same lifestyle as Rosa Lee. She then told him that was fine as long as someone learned something from her story. I feel that I have learned a great deal, and I thank Rosa Lee for sharing her story. ...more
I have several things to say. First of all, I wonder who T.H. Johnson is? This so called author seems to have written some other books too. Well I canI have several things to say. First of all, I wonder who T.H. Johnson is? This so called author seems to have written some other books too. Well I can assure you I will not be reading them in this lifetime!
I really don't know where to begine so I'm just going to start with the print. There's so much blank space left on the paper laving the medium size print to feel a small square on each page. I thought to myself ok I can deal with this, just a quick read to help me catch up on my reading challenge I guess...Then the writing! Wow! Someone needs to give it up because writing is definitely not their calling. It's really, really bad! I'm no writer, but I could have done more justice in the telling of this womans story than this T.H. Johnson did.
Overlooking these shortcomings, as I really wanted to know this womans story, I plunged ahead. Well, that is until I kept getting knocked back! Imagine you're reading along, and then bam! Out of left field you're reading the same thing you read earlier in the story only worded differently, and to top it off it has nothing to do with this part of the story. Then somewhere in this repeat mess is a relevant paragraph to the part of the story you were reading, but then all of a sudden drops it to continue the repeated part in the different wording again! To top things off the story changes slightly too! In the same robbery the womam (whom by page 100 I still have no idea what her name is) gets away with twenty thousand dollars, and then again in this same robbery in the retailing she gets away with fourty thousand dollars! Ugh!
The sad thing is I really do believe this woman has an amazing story to tell. I wish she could just find someone else to write it for her. She doesn't know how to read very well, so I can't really hold this nameless woman responsible for this trash dump her story was tossed into. Maybe she can take this to a better writer and they can use this as a rough draft to create a really great book.
I didn't find this book interesting because I'm a fan of Big Brother, as a matter of fact I have never even watched the show. I wanted to read AisleynI didn't find this book interesting because I'm a fan of Big Brother, as a matter of fact I have never even watched the show. I wanted to read Aisleyne's story because I felt that it would not be what I was expecting, and that she has a story to tell. I was right, she has one amazing life story.
If you think Aisleyne has had it easy think again. My heart ached for her while someone she desperately loves continues to push her away. You would think this person would be proud of the confident, independent woman she has become. You would think that the bond they had would have been unbreakable, but instead it's very heartbreaking.
Aisleyne's story had me from page one, I didn't put it down until I had read the last page! Her story is proof that sometimes despite the odds some people are just meant to be stars. I hope all of her dreams continue to come true. ...more