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The Story of My Life by Farah Ahmedi
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Oct 05, 07

Recommended for: a preteen suburban girl

How this author got a book deal is possibly the best set-up for a crappy book that I've heard so far. She won a contest to tell her story that was voted on by the public. Guaranteed to be a best seller, yes, but does it have any content?

The story isn't particularly poorly written, but it does read like a long, extended livejournal entry. But by her telling the story of her life in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, how she stepped on a land mine and went to Germany to get treated, and the problems she now faces learning English and fitting in to American culture, you really can't help but feel like your problems are pretty small. And people love that.

One particularly interesting highlight of the book: Apparently in some parts of Pakistan people still think Americans have slaves and that anyone going to America that wasn't born there is destined to be one.

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message 1: by Valerie (new)

Valerie S This is written by the author, it's the story of her life. This isn't a fairy tale. People obviously want to hear her story, she had problems throughout her life and so she recounted them. Her job isn't to make sure that you don't feel like your problems are any less significant. She was telling you her story in the book, not trying to make you feel like your problems are minor. So because she is telling her life story instead of making you feel like your problems aren't minor you feel that this book is "crappy"?
She is writing this book for people who want to know about her experiences not for people who want to feel better about their problems.
If you need to feel better about your problems then read a nice cliché book about people getting of breaking up; it may help.
But really saying that this book is bad because its story doesn't make you feel good - even though its a true story not some cliché invented for the masses who need reassurance of their self importance. Have you no shame?
1) This is the story of someone's life being told. A truly sad story, of exactly what her life was like. The truth. A NON-fiction.
2) This is NOT some fictional story created simply to cater to an audience that needs some reassurance about their problems which they feel are the most important in the world.


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