I’ve read a ton of memoirs in my life, but only three left a lasting impression on me and Ordinary Girls: A Memoir by Jaquira Díaz is one of them. I — I, (wooo!) I don’t even know how to — hmmm, wow! Okay let me try this again.
This memoir is phenomenal! From her violent childhood in Puerto Rico to the beautiful beaches of Miami, Diaz, recounts her experiences with depression, juv., her dysfunctional family, her mother’s schizophrenia, sexually assault and so much more, OMG, so much more.
As I was reading all I wanted to do is hug her, I wanted to protect her from that life, I wanted to give young Jaquira a safe place where she is loved for who she is. The way Diaz poured her emotions out in this book.🥺And through all that chaos, she survived, she found her voice and defied the odds.
My only issue with the book was the linear fashion it was written. The beginning was boom, boom, boom, then towards the middle she would start to tell you about an experience then it jumped to a different time, then jumps back. Besides that, I thought this was a strong debut. 4.5/5 for me.
If I remember correctly this is @diversespines November book selection, so make sure you preorder/reserve your copy and read along.
To @algonquinbooks , thank you, thank you, thank you for gifting me this copy, I am so happy I was able to pass it on to @bowtiesandbooks , hope you enjoy it. Out 10/29
Funny story, as I was at the counter to send the book off, I realize I didn’t take a picture to post. So you know what I did, 📸 yup, right there, at the counter, in front of all those people. 😌
All in the name of Bookstagram!
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