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Willie, despite a rough start, has become immersed in the culture she should have been born into. As she grows in her own knowledge of her ancestral roots, she also grows in who she is as a person. All things are now within her reach, and all she must do is put forth a little effort. With all of this in mind, Willie has decided to dedicate herself towards her own 'Personal ...more
Paperback, 134 pages
Published March 21st 2013 by CreateSpace (first published March 18th 2013)
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Dolores Ayotte
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Talented Author Chelsea Falin manages to draw the reader right into the second novel in her Growing Root Series. Although I thoroughly enjoyed Volume I ~ Less Than Humble Beginnings, I must say that I enjoyed "Personal Growth" even more.

It is definitely a continuation of the familiar characters and the events that are unfolding in their lives. Willie still speaks to her reading audience in the first person which makes this fictional novel read like a true story. With my exposure to the Native
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Katie
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: growing
There is soooooo MUCH more packed into the second book I couldn't stop reading it.
Willies ( The main Character) Aunt is such a kind understanding woman, teaching Willie so many things including about her heritage, speaking with her about her mother and father, and taking in one of the friends because of that horrible occurance.
I don't want to spoil anything but chapter 5 had my heart swelling I thought at one point it may burst.
Things were looking up for Willie!!!
There is a new person well a
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Dini
Apr 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was eagerly waiting to read this novel since I finished reading the first book of the series and author has penned down a wonderful story yet again.

Willie who is now 16 years of age starts seeing the things in a whole new light. I loved the fact that she is finally settling down with a sweet family and a circle of wonderful friends. Despite all the bad times she had with her mother, now she belongs to a loving and caring crowd who always encourage her to take decisions about her future wisely.
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Michelle
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book begins shortly after the first ended and pulls you straight into the story. As the title suggests this book focuses more on personal growth, not just of Willie but of all the characters. It seems to be another period of transition but this time its for the group as a whole. How much will the group dynamics change because of this? This book goers a lot more in depth in the cultural side of things which for me was really enjoyable as I found myself discovering many things I hadn't ...more
Michelle
Mar 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
I had the honor of being able to read this book, after reading the first I couldn't wait to find out what happens to Willie and her group of friends. In this book the story continues, this time Willie and her friends are going through some life changes and learning that everything at some point must change. After spending most of her time with boys Willie finds a friends at school Deanna and the two become best friends, Deanna starts to show Willie how to be a "Girl" :) Willie also goes through ...more
Kendra
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In this book, we follow Millie further in her self discovery. She learns who her father is and gets to meet him, learns she has more siblings. She finds Babbette's father as well. She also learns more of her Indian heritage, and builds even stronger relationships with her family and friends. Her best friend helps her find the girl in her, and her feelings for Spike continue to grow, not only in love but also in confusion. So much more is learned in this part of Millie's life, and she has more to ...more
Missy Goodsell
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Chelsea Falin did a wonderful job with this follow up to Less Than Humble Beginnings !!Her writing is so smooth & flowing and there are nice surprises everywhere. In this book Willie learns to cope with the loss of her mother & the deceptions her mother left her with. She learns more about herself & her Indian heritage from her family & friends.Her relationship with Spike is developing more & more but he hasn't made his move yet. She also finds out who her Father is and she ...more
Rabsaris Flores
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing

This review is from: Personal Growth (Growing Roots) (Volume 2) (Paperback)
I had read the 1 book on this series and let me tell you that both books are amazing I get so drown in them that I don't even go to sleep until late lol so I can keep reading them. The second book is amazing as the first one. I love Willie story and how she keeps growing. I can wait to read the third book hopefully is coming out soon I want to know what happen to this all amazing characters especially with Willie and
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Kris Dickinson
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
The 2nd book of this trilogy was just as good as the first. It a great young adult coming of age story reminiscent of Meg Cabot and Judy Blume. This second book has more information and terms from different Native American tribes. I learned some things that I didnt know about these tribes, although I know there are various versions from different sources. Still, I liked how the author seemlessly incorporated those facts, legends and terms into the story line. And again, the ending makes sure ...more
Sharon Obelenus Holland
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Willie starts accepting things and also making discoveries. She finds out what her mother has told her about her father has been lies, and she decides to reach out to him, only to find he has wanted to be a part of her life all along. She also finds her sister's father, who also has tried to be somewhat a part of their lives also. After hearing the Thanksgiving story she decides to learn more about her heritage and also the language. I still love how well this story draws you into Willies road ...more
Chrissie Parker
Apr 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read this straight after reading Less than Humble Beginnings. It followed on from the first book and was great. The main character Willie learns more about her family, her roots and heritage. I was fascinated by all the Native American information in the book, it was so informative and well written and it was what made me enjoy the book so much.
I can't wait to read the next one. I would also like to add that if you haven't read anything by this author i recommend it, she writes so well.
Veronica Bates
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Even better then the first novella. Chelsea continues to shine as a young adult author.

She has a very good understanding of the teens mind.

Her writing engages the reader quickly and holds interest throughout.

Willie is maturing as she settles in nicely with her "new" family.

Stability and love will help with that. Proof is in the writing.

I am eagerly awaiting the next segment to find out what happens next.

Anna-marie
Jul 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I Really liked this, the 2nd book in the Growing Roots series.

In this book, Willie is now 16 & life for her & her Sister Babette is so much better. She also manages to track down her father & Babettes' father.

All the characters have developed along with the storyline.

It is an easy read & full of fun, but also gets put the true message about The Native Americans, without being too political about it.

Well worth reading this series.
I eagerly await book 3
Jennifer
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Given a copy from the author in return, an honest review.

This book picked up shortly after the first one ended. I really loved this book more than the first. It was really great to see Willie spread her wings and learn about her culture and make new friends. Her Aunt is really sweet. She told her about her dad that he didn't know and was really there for her.

I really can't wait to read the next book in this series!
Michelle Nageldinger
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was provide to me in exchange for an honest review! I loved it, it was a great book about a common yet not so much acknowledge mental health disorder. It real showed an illness can affect everyone not just the diagnosed person.
Rachel
Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, author-copy, kindle
Poignant and bittersweet, we see Willie go through some of the tragedies of her teen years. Falin's writing paints a clear picture of joy and sadness allowing us to reconnect with the teenager in us all.
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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.