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Twisted in a Positive Way

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A girl with big dreams. A land with strict societal rules. A spirit that will never die. Young Adaugo has lived her life according to cultural expectations. Any semblance of building a life of her own was actively discouraged for young women like her. But, Adaugo is not like others who came before her; she is born of strong
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Paperback, 232 pages
Published September 20th 2015 by Doxa Consulting Ltd (first published September 3rd 2015)
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Christina McMullen
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful and inspiring coming of age story. From a young age, the protagonist finds within herself a guiding voice that leads her to fight for what it is that she wants. For that which will lead to true happiness, despite the odds being stacked against her. It is the type of story that we can all take something away from.

I adore the central theme: if you want something bad enough, the universe will find a way to make it happen. This is a great message, especially for young girls who
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E.P.
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A very sweet, uplifting story about a young Nigerian woman searching for her path in life. Adaugo is an academically gifted girl who does well in school but ends up finding herself shunted into a dead-end career after college and pressured to marry an appropriate--meaning rich and preferably light-skinned--man as soon as possible. However, she learns to listen to her inner voice and forge her own path.

The writing style is clear and simple, but with snippets of Nigerian dialect for flavor. The
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Eldon Farrell
Aug 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: indie-reads
From start to finish this book was expertly written and thoroughly enjoyable. A coming of age story that whether you're male or female you can relate to.

At times charming, at times whimsical, at times tragic, Adaugo's journey perfectly captures those perilous young adult years that we all must navigate.

Reading this book was a departure from what I normally read; and one I can say I'm glad I took! Chikamso Efobi has written here that rare gem we seldom see today; a literary novel worthy of real
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PanOrpheus PanOrpheus
Dec 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This stunning novel, set in Nigeria is a coming of age book about a young girl 9 years of age initially who wants to pass exams early so that she can go on to the next stage of her education. She experiences and feels a sense of the divine within her and speaks to and hears that voice as herself. Descriptions of family life and religion are the background that introduces us to the culture of this part of the world. The family is a positive influence, and despite the death of her sister, Adaugo ...more
James Faro
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This story follows the life of a Nigerian girl, Andougu, from the age of nine until twenty five. She is a bright and inquisitive child who passes her exams early, goes to boarding school at the age of ten, onto University in Lagos and then gets a job in a bank. This is the accepted road to success in Nigeria. But Andougu feels unfulfilled and wants something more from life.
She is an inspirational character; determined and positive. She is perceptive and observant, seeing "signs" all around her.
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Clare O'Beara
Dec 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, africa
I fell head over heels for this book. Adaugo is our central character, and we follow her from the age of nine to mid-twenties as she grows up in Lagos, Nigeria and learns how to overcome obstacles to live her own life. Audogo is a Christian girl and the story can be seen as inspirational, but it is more descriptive of culturally ingrained roadblocks in the path of women across the whole community.

The prosperous, respected family in oil-rich Lagos leads a modern life, and school and college form
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Andres Mann
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Having written about pervasive human trafficking in Nigeria, I truly enjoyed a book that portrays the life of a young girl who was nurtured, encouraged and educated, helping her to make progress in life. Much of her achievements are due to her sense of self, believing that there is something special in store for her, a positive attitude that serves her well. Throughout, we get some insight of the life of middle class people in Nigeria, their customs, religion, food and values. Audago is a ...more
Lana Axe
Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a fascinating tale about a girl from a culture so different from my own, yet surprisingly similar. Her life experiences reflect the same struggle many of us face, and I found myself easily able to relate to her. Watching her grow and blossom into the strong woman she becomes makes this story all the more fulfilling.

The most intriguing part of Adaugo is that she is willing to break apart from the destiny her society would see her fulfill. Instead, she chooses her own path in life,
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Jai
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book! There are so many little nuggets of life throughout the entire book. Lessons that can be learned across all cultures. I enjoyed the fact the author kept the cultural aspects of Lagos, Nigeria in the book, even down to the language spoken in the home. I also appreciated how the main character dealt with life, such as loss of a loved one, or betrayal of a friend, or learning to trust again after trust has been broken. I definitely recommend this book for any ...more
Ann Simpson
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
At first, I didn't know if I'd enjoy this, because I usually read action packed, suspense or mystery genres. But, it didn't take long before I was captured in the life of Adaugo. It's a beautiful tale of a girl-woman who follows her desire, ambitions and dreams and by the end of the her story-let's just save the feel good moment for future readers.
Damian Maher
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Captivating, entertaining and inspiring read about the importance of being true to your own vision

Twisted in a positive way by Chikamso C. Efobi is a mesmerizing coming of age novel about a very special Nigerian girl. From early on she doesnt just passively react to environment, but tries to understand all her experiences (obstacles, tragedies, going through relationships) in touch with something higher. With Adaugo the author created a richly developed and remarkable character. We witness her
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Joe Prentis
Dec 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Review by Joe Prentis
Great novel of another culture.

Twisted in a positive way is a coming of age novel about a Nigerian girl who struggles with the problems that are universal to everyone growing up in todays world. Adougo knows from an early age that she wants to be everything she can be, despite the efforts of her schoolmates and her family who want her to conform to her culture. The story starts when she is nine years old. At school, she is subjected to the thoughtless jibes and lack of
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Kathleen
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Twisted, in a Positive Way, by Chikamso Efobi, is the story of Adaugo, a bright Nigerian girl who, over the course of the book, learns to find her own path. Despite setbacks, personal loss, family quarrels, and the perils of young love, Adaugo learns to listen to her inner voice, Herself, who imparts priceless advice.

The reader meets Adaugos family, some of her friends and boyfriends, and learns about life for a young woman who faces pressure from her family to find a suitable husband, settle
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S. E.  Engram Smith
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
CONTEST WINNER!

I received this book via a Goodreads contest and first want to thank Ms. Efobi for the book.

I enjoyed reading this book. It had an autobiographical feel to it that made the situations more realistic. Ms. Efobi painted wonderful pictures with her words of the varying cultural experiences one might experience in Nigeria. Twisted in a Positive Way is an easy read with a great deal of life nuggets along the way. I believe I read this book at the right time in my life as I am currently
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Rebecca Markus
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
You can read my full review on my independent book review blog Nevermind the Furthermore.

Twisted in a Positive Way is a charming novel by UK author Chikamso Efobi. I love a good coming-of-age story and this one doesn't disappoint. The story follows Adaugo, a young Nigerian girl on the brink of big life changes. She comes from a large and happy family who encourage her to strive for success.

Chikamso Efobi has painted a stunning picture of Nigerian culture. I loved that this book took me into a
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Saleh Radaideh
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Adaugo is a complex yet lovable character. When she was younger she endured the pain of a family member's death. Ever since then, she was growing stronger as she strode towards achieving her goals in education and in life. Through her life she has a high appreciation towards the divine side to nature, being in touch with something higher than herself. Her thirst for a divine destiny and an adherence to a higher calling led her strongly in her life. Adaugo has the heart of a seer. She looked ...more
Connie Jordan
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
A book touching on experiences and thoughts, as the main character lives her life from a young age, through school years to her current job at age twenty-five. Stumbling through relationships but never really satisfied. She searches desperately to find contentment, maybe even happiness as she moves through life.

Always being open to the signs that came to her disguised in many fashions, giving her mind avenues to travel as the universe spoke. As the years passed, she finds herself delving into
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Jessica
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was provided with a free copy of this book so I could give an honest review.

This was a really good book that kept getting pushed to the bottom of my work bag. I got really into it last night and read past my bedtime finishing it.

The story reminded me of The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, even without the quotes and references. The chapters were short but full of description and life. It was a book one could relate to and made you think.

I enjoyed the premise of the book. The story line was on
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Connie Jordan
Dec 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book touching on experiences and thoughts, as the main character lives her life from a young age, through school years to her current job at age twenty-five. Stumbling through relationships but never really satisfied. She searches desperately to find contentment, maybe even happiness as she moves through life.

Always being open to the signs that came to her disguised in many fashions, giving her mind avenues to travel as the universe spoke. As the years passed, she finds herself delving into
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Ana Meyer
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Beautifully written and elegantly presented. I really enjoyed this coming of age novel. Now I wouldn't normally say that. I don't really get into coming of age stories as many times I struggle to relate to the character and despite that problem again I struggled to put it down. Being able to see things from a very different way of life and culture and still find things to relate to was no small task for the writer but she masters it. It was a slow paced book with time as you read to really ...more
T.T. Michael
Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I didn't think I would like this book but not only did I like it I loved it! When Adougo is just nine years old she realizes so many things that I couldn't have even thought of at that age.

She's a remarkable character that was developed well and we get to see her grow up and experience a life that we've all had a part in. There have been many crossroads in my life that had I listened to my inner voice like Adougo does would have been so much better.

This book has so many positive twists that I
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Lincoln Cole
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Twisted in a positive way is a fantastic novel about the life of a young woman up through adulthood and many experiences that she undergoes. She has to overcome incredible odds to become the woman she is today. We see the world she grew up in where many are suffering and many are struggling to overcome. Our heroine feels ashamed when ruffians mistreat an old man, showing that she is not okay with the way people act.

it was easy to sympathize with the main character, and I really enjoyed reading
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Missy Sheldrake
Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Follow your dreams and listen to your heart. Don't worry about what others think, or what you're "supposed" to do with your life. Only you know what's right for you. These are the pearls of wisdom you'll glean from Twisted in a Positive Way. In addition to the plethora of uplifting quotes and encouraging thoughts, I loved the sprinkling of African culture that is a major theme throughout this book. I felt I could hear the accents in each word of dialogue, and I loved the way the author added
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S M Kingdom
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
A heart-warming and inspiring book! It is the coming-of-age story of a Nigerian girl with big dreams. She has to face all kind of obstacles and tragedies as she grows up. However, she never gives up pursuing her goals and always looks at the brighter sides of life. The book is an easy read. You also get to learn a bit about Nigerian people and culture which is a bonus. I enjoyed reading 'Twisted in a Positive Way' and if there's a book I want my own school-age kids to read, this is it.
Dave Bench
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A great story about the importance of being true to yourself and following your dreams no matter what. Adaugo listens to the voice in her head, the one that tells her to be who she is meant to be and not what everyone else expects. One of my favorite lines was "When you want something, all of the universe conspires in helping you achieve it". Wonderful story and a great read!
Anthony Stancomb
Jan 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Very much a first book, but this account of a girls life from 9 to 27 has a certain charm. It gives the reader an introduction to middle class life in Lagos today, and is written is in that direct and energetic manner so symptomatic of Nigeria. This helps to give some insight into the society where the story is played out.
We follow the heroine through a family tragedy, her years at boarding school and her struggles at work, and again we get some inkling of what is going through her mind, but we
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Astrid Miles
Dec 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a beautifully written coming of age book, and I happen to have very mixed feelings about it. On one hand I loved it and on the other I feel slightly annoyed. The main character had very positive outlook on life, but at times I found the writing to be confusing.
The story follows a young girl through life and school as she grows up to be a kind young women. The people she meets and the places she goes all teach her little things that in return have a big impact on her life. Reading this
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C.M. Okonkwo
Mar 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
I dont really know how to classify this book, because when I got to the end, I didnt get the main point or the moral of the story. I didnt know why most of the incidents in the story happened and how it affected the main character as she moved on. Some scenes ended abruptly in the middle of a situation with no answers provided; some conflicts had no origin and no end. Also, there were a lot of characters who seemed to have roles in the story, then suddenly just vanished never to be heard of ...more
Callie Kenney
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First I must say this is not my usual storyline, most books have a paranormal/urban fantasy storyline. With that being said, this coming of age story was very educational for me on the traditions of Nigeria. Also, as a Christian woman, I found it to be very inspirational. Many reminders of what I was taught as well as validating what I already believed as a Christian woman. I found myself agreeing to her thought process over and over, and applauding her for tenacity! At the beginning I had a ...more
Dave Bench
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great story about the importance of being true to yourself and following your dreams no matter what. Adaugo listens to the voice in her head, the one that tells her to be who she is meant to be and not what everyone else expects. One of my favorite lines was "When you want something, all of the universe conspires in helping you achieve it". Wonderful story and a great read!
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Chikamso Efobi (Chika for Short) is an entrepreneur, avid reader, writer and lover of nature. She is the author of two books: Twisted in a Positive Way, an inspiring coming of age novel and Boss Bible, both of which were published in the United Kingdom where she lives.

She is dedicated to encouraging and guiding people to step beyond their perceived limitations to embrace living an authentic life.
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