Girls. I have put off writing this post. I even suggested that maybe you all should write the review (I would have loved that because I think it's so much more fun to hear a variety of opinions).
Here's the deal.
I didn't like this book. :(
I've tried as many different ways to write this post as I could think of, the bottom line is, it was a nice read but inspired zero feeling from me.
I love Maya Angelou. She stands for all that is good and right in the world for women. She has lead an amazing life and experienced so much, she inspires me to be kind to myself daily so I can be kind to others.
But I still didn't like the book.
I felt like I was reading short snippets of moments in her life but I had a hard time connecting them which could be why I couldn't generate any emotion. The stories were never really long enough for me to get emotionally invested. No build up, no climax. Just a story that to me read rather factually.
I did learn a valuable lesson in forgiveness from her story. I had such difficulty liking her mom, I felt a little resentful that she had given the kids up when they were babies. Although I can see how she was trying to do the best for her children by passing them off to their Grandmother (and truly probably made the right choice), it still bothered me. But then she does amazing Mom things, like encouraging her black daughter to sit outside the street car offices in hopes of getting a job that is only for white girls. There is some strength and courage there, traits that I admire. I definitely had some conflicting feelings about Vivian Baxter.
Before I wrap up this unbelievably short book review, I will maybe rephrase and say that I didn't enjoy the book as much as I had hoped. It's not that I didn't like the book, I guess I just expected more. Some tears, some laughter...something. Would I recommend it to a friend? Probably not.
I have heard from a few of you who loved this book so I'm hoping you'll post your comments below, I really want to hear your perspective. I'm wondering what I missed. I did hear from two people who listened to the book on audio that loved it. I'm wondering if that would have made a difference for me.
I'm looking forward to hearing your reviews below:) If you'd rather you can e-mail me, I can share your opinion anonymously.
Thanks girls for reading with me. Check your e-mail for the next book announcement. If you have a suggestion or one you're really itching to read let me know. I'll be announcing the next book on October 4th.
With courage and kindness, and patiently waiting for an awesome story,