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message 1: by Canadian (new)

Canadian Wow. No wonder you needed to let this sit for a while. It seems to me that this probably is a book best listened to. A second-person narration can be difficult to negotiate otherwise. Your third-to-last paragraph is particularly compelling. Thanks for this, Darlene.


message 2: by Darlene (new)

Darlene Canadian wrote: "Wow. No wonder you needed to let this sit for a while. It seems to me that this probably is a book best listened to. A second-person narration can be difficult to negotiate otherwise. Your third-to..."

You're welcome, Canadian! :) Yes, this is definitely a book which should be listened to.. especially since it is read by the author. I'm sure I'll be thinking about this book for a very long time. I enjoy memoirs because I like to be able to 'live' inside of another person's life for awhile but in this case, living inside of Kiese Laymon's 'skin' was an emotional place to be.


message 3: by Barbara (new)

Barbara Great review, Darlene. It sounds sooo sad.


message 4: by Darlene (new)

Darlene Barbara wrote: "Great review, Darlene. It sounds sooo sad."

Thanks, Barbara! :) You're right... and I shed a lot of tears reading this book! But I can't stress enough how impressed I was by his strength too.


message 5: by Mikey B. (new)

Mikey B. Another Excellent Review.
I find that some autobiographies are distant and un-revealing - but this one is personal and upfront.


message 6: by Darlene (new)

Darlene Mikey B. wrote: "Another Excellent Review.
I find that some autobiographies are distant and un-revealing - but this one is personal and upfront."


Hi Michael! :) Thanks! You know, sometimes I find memoirs too revealing but that wasn't the case with this one. Perhaps it was his writing style that really drew me into his life and the story he was telling but I found the book so moving! But I know what you mean... sometimes you can tell that people are holding back information that might actually help you understand what they are trying to say. This memoir was the opposite of that.


message 7: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen Powerful review!


message 8: by Darlene (new)

Darlene Kathleen wrote: "Powerful review!"

Thanks, Kathleen! :) It was a powerful book!


message 9: by Beata (new)

Beata Dear Darlene, thank you for your review of this memoir ... it made a big impression on me ...


message 10: by Darlene (new)

Darlene Beata wrote: "Dear Darlene, thank you for your review of this memoir ... it made a big impression on me ..."

Dear Beata... Thank you for your thoughtful comment! It means a lot to me. This memoir was so powerful and it left a big impression on me too!


message 11: by Beata (new)

Beata I know you never choose a light read, Darlene .... you read books that I might not read but your reviews suffice .... 🌷


message 12: by Darlene (new)

Darlene Beata wrote: "I know you never choose a light read, Darlene .... you read books that I might not read but your reviews suffice .... 🌷"

You know Beata, after THAT memoir, I actually felt the need to read the latest book in a mystery/thriller series that I enjoy and that's what I'm reading now. It's pure entertainment and I'm loving it.. so stay tuned! :) I'm glad that I can be helpful to you! :)


message 13: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Shepherd Now THAT is how to write a review!


message 14: by Darlene (new)

Darlene Kevin wrote: "Now THAT is how to write a review!"

Thanks so much, Kevin! :) I actually felt frustrated with this review. I felt unable to articulate why I found this memoir to be so moving. But I appreciate your kind comment! :)


message 15: by Kevin (new)

Kevin Shepherd Having grown up as the "fat kid" with an angry, abusive father, I can relate to at least some of Kiese's narrative. But I think I'd have to be in the right mood, the right frame of mind, to revisit those places that we have in common.


message 16: by Darlene (new)

Darlene Kevin wrote: "Having grown up as the "fat kid" with an angry, abusive father, I can relate to at least some of Kiese's narrative. But I think I'd have to be in the right mood, the right frame of mind, to revisit..."

Kevin... I completely understand your feelings. There were some aspects to Kiese's life that also mirrored things from my own life and they were difficult to read about and think about. I received this book for Christmas and didn't really know a lot about it so I was sort of gobsmacked by how intensely I felt about what I was reading. But his writing was so honest and so exquisite, I couldn't put the book down. It's a painful book though so if you should decide to read it at some point, you can prepare yourself emotionally. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me, Kevin! :)


message 17: by Julie (last edited Feb 09, 2019 07:00AM) (new)

Julie Well, Darlene,
You might have struggled to write this, but, wow, this review is a tribute to this book. You actually brought me to tears, so I think you captured the writer's pain.
Thank you for this, I think I might add it.

And, to Kevin: I was so touched by your honesty, in your comments. I wish life wasn't so damn difficult, but clearly you turned out great, and we all benefit from your compassionate and humorous presence on here.


message 18: by Darlene (new)

Darlene Julie wrote: "Well, Darlene,
You might have struggled to write this, but, wow, this review is a tribute to this book. You actually brought me to tears, so I think you captured the writer's pain.
Thank you for th..."


Hi Julie! :) Thanks for your comment! Have you ever read a book that moves you so deeply that you just can't find the words to adequately express your feelings? This was one of those books for me but your words have helped. I think I did end up writing more of a tribute than a review but what I ultimately hoped was that it would maybe inspire a few people to pick this book up. It's definitely a book I would love to press into everyone's hands. I think that there is something profoundly beautiful about taking something that you feel pain and shame over and putting it out there for the world to see. I think it allows people to connect with each other's humanity, which is something that often seems missing these days. If you do decide to read it at some point, I would love to know what you think. Thanks again! :)

And Kevin... I agree with everything Julie said! :)


message 19: by Mrtruscott (new)

Mrtruscott Bravo. 5* review.


message 20: by Darlene (new)

Darlene Mrtruscott wrote: "Bravo. 5* review."

Thanks, Mary!! :)


message 21: by HBalikov (new)

HBalikov "For a few seconds, I remembered that the most abusive parts of our nation obsessively neglect yesterday while peddling in possibility. I remembered that we got here by refusing to honestly remember together."

A very telling observation, Darlene. I am very glad that you persevered and brought your usual keen focus to this review.


message 22: by Darlene (new)

Darlene HBalikov wrote: ""For a few seconds, I remembered that the most abusive parts of our nation obsessively neglect yesterday while peddling in possibility. I remembered that we got here by refusing to honestly remembe..."

Thanks, H! :) That WAS a powerful sentence, wasn't it? The book is filled with painful and powerful sentences like that one. That's why I found it so moving. It's a truthful book about lies and the damage and heaviness that lies create.


message 23: by Darlene (new)

Darlene leslie hamod wrote: "Such an amazing review. You have touched my heart. You obviously found the right words! I'm my list it goes!"

Thanks so much, Leslie!:) I'm so happy that you've added it to your list. As I mentioned, it's a book I would love to see everyone read!! :)


message 24: by Jan (new)

Jan I was going to say "Wow" and "Amazing review", and those things have been said. I echo those words and the other comments too. Thank you, Darlene.


message 25: by Darlene (new)

Darlene Jan wrote: "I was going to say "Wow" and "Amazing review", and those things have been said. I echo those words and the other comments too. Thank you, Darlene."

Thanks, Jan! :) And by the way.... I received your message and I owe you one.... very soon! :)


message 26: by Jaline (new)

Jaline This is a stunning review, Darlene! The power of your words interspersed with the author's own words is incredible. Brilliant!


message 27: by Darlene (new)

Darlene Jaline wrote: "This is a stunning review, Darlene! The power of your words interspersed with the author's own words is incredible. Brilliant!"

Thank you, Jaline! :) Kiese Laymon's writing is exquisite!! It will be difficult for me to find a book this year that tops this one!


message 28: by Jaline (new)

Jaline I know that feeling, Darlene, so I can definitely empathize! :)


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