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Follow Willie as her story unfolds. She is taken from her 'Less Than Humble Beginnings' and thrown into a world (and a culture) that her own mother kept her shielded from. ...more
Paperback, 110 pages
Published November 24th 2012 by Createspace
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Dolores Ayotte
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Right from the onset, "Less Than Humble Beginnings (Growing Roots)" grabbed my immediate attention. On completion of this well-written novella, I was convinced it was a true story until I read another reviewer call it a work of fiction. That being said, I have had enough exposure to the history of the American Native people to say that this story rings true which makes it all the more enjoyable.

First of all, it is an eye-opener for teenagers and older adults alike. Fifteen year old Willie, as sh
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
"Less Than Humble Beginnings," is a new breed of novella that I like to think of as an Open Diary. With the advent of online self-publishing, amateur writers no longer have to face staggering upfront costs to publish their work, allowing many of them to circumvent the major publishing houses. Before Ebook publishing became popular, a novella like "Less Than Humble Beginnings," would not have made it past a publisher's slush pile and rightfully so. This novella lacks the polish of a professionall ...more
Shawn Wells
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I don't usually read coming of age stories. Well, not anymore, having grown up already. But I honestly did enjoy the storyline for this one. Less Than Humble Beginnings (Growing Roots) is the story of a young Native American girl who grows up in a bad situation and then is unexpectedly thrust into a life she wasn't expecting but that just might be better than anything she's ever known.

Chelsea Hammond is a new author who has the ability to spin a great story that leads the reader into a piece of
Mina Rivera
I'm one of those people who try to deduce a story based on the, title book cover, prologue and/or first chapter. For "Less Than Humble Beginnings", I felt I was going to be reading a historical (deduced from the book cover of the copy I have), heavy drama (deduced from the title and first chapter). I was wrong. "Less Than Humble Beginnings" is a light, heart-warming, coming-of-age story of a15-year-old girl named Willie. She, along with her sister Babette, was raised by an alcoholic mom with a h ...more
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Less Than Humble Beginnings tells the story of Willie who grew up with her sister Babette under her alcoholic mother. She and her sister soon became orphans and was thrusted into a life where she is forced to keep to herself. The story soon unfolds when her mother passed away and she is forced to live with her aunt in Oklahoma. There she unravels more from herself when she is given a second chance in life. She begins to discover how wonderful it is to have friends, family, and someone whom she c ...more
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Less Than Humble Beginnings is an incredibly sweet story about a fifteen year old's struggle with loss and regaining hope. Willie lived a hard life: dealing with an alcoholic mother and her revolving door of men. When her mother tragically dies she leaves her home in Florida behind for a life with her estranged Aunt in Oklahoma. With a heavy heart and scared younger sister in tow, she is reintroduced to her Aunt Janie and five cousins. Although she wants to hate her relatives, their kind demeano ...more
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“Less Than Humble Beginnings” is a tale about a young girl coming of age who happens to face many challenges in her life which are not so common compared with her peers. Simple and lucid writing with a charm to tickle your senses and make you wonder “what’s next” with every line your eyes will swim through. It’s a light read with a smooth flow which will keep you engrossed. As in her previous novels, the author has succeeded in making this book too, a real page turn over by her skillful and live ...more
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
After reading the blurb for this book I realised it doesn't really give you any clue as to what to expect in the story, thankfully this didn't actually put me off as I soon found myself really enjoying the story. It centres around Willie as she goes through a major period of transition. Throughout this she also has to learn to embrace many things that were previously foreign to her as she learns more about her cultural background (Native American). Being a teen is hard enough, but to do it whils ...more
Jan Mahoney
Jan 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was unsure what to expect based on the title of this book. I took a chance and was not disappointed. Less Than Humble Beginnings is a wonderful story, with well-developed and likeable characters. The story is so easy to relate to. As with most teenagers, the characters have their own set of challenges.

Willie is so used to filling the adult roll of care giver. She does not even realize the things that she has missed out on that normal teenagers enjoy, like clothes, makeup and boys. I think her
Chris Huber
Feb 03, 2013 rated it liked it
The story was good, and Willie was a likeable character. I felt like some of it was cliche and I definitely noticed some peevish things that annoyed me such as the use of "to" when the author should have used "too". A lot of the wording was kind of irritating to read but I did find myself wondering what was going to happen next. There were way too many overly detailed descriptions of things that as a reader I honestly did not care one bit about.

I'll stress the story being interesting and compell
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
The book is a Novella so its not to long I read it in about a day. But WOW I couldn't put the book down. The book centers around a young girl name Willie, her mom passes away, Willie and her sister Babette have to move in with her mom's estranged family but what she find is a culture she was unaware of, friends she never thought she would have and a life she always wanted. I completely love Willie she is such a strong character and as the book progresses she really grows. Her family and friends ...more
Mar 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all ya and new adult
Shelves: young-adult
I found the beginning to be too much narrative for my liking, but the story was so intriguing that it pushed on in the hopes it would change. It did.
Willie, the main character of the story, came alive with an intelligent personality and a few quirks that made her seem like the teenager living next door.
The world changed when Willie’s mother died and, with her sister, they went to live with their aunt in a household that already had five children, three teenage boys and two little girls.
The story
Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this! Growing up in Oklahoma, and being a good portion Native American, this books was very interesting to read. I loved the Native American roots and heritage that is portrayed, though I will say, from where I've lived, the different tribes aren't generally as friendly with one another as they are in the story. Also, the description of Oklahoma's land and culture isn't exactly accurate, as it is generally more green- lots of trees and grass, not really much that's just dirt, an ...more
Rabsaris Flores
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Well I will start saying this book is amazing. I was given the opportunity to give an honest review and here it goes. Willie is an amazing person because she had to put up with his mom been a wreck and after she die Willie world change but I like that she change for better and not worse. This book makes you release that your world can change in a matters of minutes but no matter what happens you should turn it for better and not worse. I love the characters and is an easy book to read and unders
Missy Goodsell
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Missy by: Chelsea Falin
I really enjoyed this book. This was a very well written novella and from the beginning I thought it could be a true story. This story was both sad & heart warming too. Willie as she prefers to be called has been taking care of her younger sibling for a long time. They have no father because their mother doesn't know who he is killed in a drunk driving accident. Because of the sad event their lives are turned upside down but they get to go live with their Aunt Janie and her family. They become p ...more
Kris Dickinson
Apr 09, 2014 rated it liked it
I read the first of this trilogy in exchange for an honest review. Its a coming of age story about a girl who loses her mother and moves in with her aunt, uncle and 5 cousins. There are parts mentioned about Native Americans since Willie is half from both her mother and her fathers sides. It was a good, clean story about a girl and the trials of dealing with her moms death, living with family she barely remembered and finally having a family and friends that care about. It ended surprisingly qui ...more
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: growing
At first this book was hard for me to get in too. But when Spike started show interest in Willie it caught me. Someone to show her that life can be fun which is exactly what she needed with all that she had been through.
I thought all was lost when she and Spike shared the kiss, I honestly didn't know which way it was going to go, I thought all was lost between them, and it kind of put me off, but I knew it wouldn't be that easy.
I am very excited to start on the second book which I will be doin
Veronica Bates
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
What a refreshing look into the life of a 15-16 year old girl. Willie is a strong young woman who has dealt with many hardships in her young life. Living in a single parent house. Practically raising her sister because Mom is absent. Mom driving drunk and dying in a car crash. And then being uprooted from all she knows in FL to go live with relatives she knows little about.

The writer has a gift for keeping the reader hooked. Clear no nonsense dialogue. The story flows very well.

I wish I was a pa
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Given a copy of this book by the author in exchange of a review.

It was a really cute quick read that ends on a cliffhanger.

Willie ends up at her aunts house after her mom dies from a drinking and driving accident.

I really liked Willie. She had a great personality and a great family. I loved her relationship with her cousins and their friends. How they just took her in as one of their own.

My only complaints could be the spelling errors. While they didn't really bother me, I definitely noticed
Tracy Prewitt
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
I loved the book from front to back. I usually try to judge a book by its covers front and back but I couldn't do that with this one. I started reading it a couple of weeks ago and I found the beginning to be a little slow, I have never read a book written in narrative form before so it took me a few pages to get into the story but once I did I was hooked. Less Than Humble Beginnings deal with several issues that a lot of people deal with and it is very real. I Loved it and would recommend it to ...more
Sharon Obelenus Holland
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Willie, has the world on her shoulders....her mom is a drunk and she has to take care of her little sister. But that all changes when her mother is killed in a DUI accident. Because she is 15, her and her little sister have to go live with their mother's sister, that she hasnt seen in years. Because of the life she has lead and her mother's choices, she doesnt have any friends...pretty much from the wrong side of the tracks. But once she gets to her aunt's, her cousins and their friends take her ...more
Keenen Nelson
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Less than humble beginnings is one of the best books I've read involving coming of age teens. It was also inspirational in a way because of the determination of each of the characters. From the main character Willamina to either her cousins friends Spike or Duke, each one has a problem in their life that they will use to thrive in their own future. It was also a nice change to have native americans be the focus of this story. I look forward to reading the second of this book and I highly recomme ...more
Jul 09, 2013 added it
*Disclaimer**I received this book as a gift from the Author

Well to Mrs. Hammond "TADAAA" I love it!! I enjoyed reading of Willie and her coming of age life story. This novella was witty, funny and sad thru it all. Willie a young girl and her sister has had a hard life living with an alcoholic mother in Florida. After, her mother's death she and her sister are sent to live with her Aunt, Uncle, and kids. As they adjust to a life of new begininngs, Willie starts her journey as discovering herself
Chrissie Parker
Apr 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading Less than humble beginnings was well written and the story unfolded well, despite it being a short book. It centres around Willie and her sister who have to move to their Aunts house after their mother is tragically killed. We learn about Willie's Native American family history and how she and her sister settle in to a new area with new school and friends.
The book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger but I didn't mind that as I knew this was part of a series. I'm already look
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The storyline seemed realistic enough. The characters likeable. The only thing lacking though not overly concerning was a breakdown of Willie's character; like more of who she is and what she is all about. As it is or so it seems Spike appears to be the main character. I know more about him and far less of Willie. I am hoping that book 2 will have more questions answered about our lead character.
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, kindle, author-copy
A surprisingly easy-going, sweet, coming of age narrative; Less Than Humble Beginnings sets the stage for quite a few stories. It is very easy to relate to Willie feeling as if she doesn't belong. Although I think all 15 year old girls experience this, she comes across as endearing rather than annoying. I would recommend this book to any young reader from the age of about 13 on up. ...more
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I liked this story.
I felt sorry for Willie, and was very happy when she settled in well with her aunt & cousins.
This was a very easy to read book. The story really flowed well.
I was very interested in the Native American aspect.
I'm looking forward to starting book 2
Michelle Nageldinger
I really had I hard time getting into this book it was a bit to narrative and I could focus on it well at all, there seemed to be little to no actual story line. Hoping this series gets better
Dan Santos
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Victor Hess
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a story about Willie, a girl who loses her mom and she and her sister move in to the west with her Native American aunt and her family. Willie meets new friends in high school and, through her eyes, we are given a tour of life on and near the reservation. This is part one of multiple books and leaves us in the midst of a major decision about to be made by her new boy friend. This book deals with how teens set their own boundaries. It is well written and holds your interest. It's a quick ...more
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Chelsea Falin is the self published author of 21 current titles, including five contemporary fiction novels. She is, as always, working on her newest title.

Chelsea was born and raised in the small town of Dade City, located in west-central Florida. Currently, she resides in southern New Jersey.

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