This is a wonderfully written story of a roller-coaster life. The balance of ups and downs, cries and laughs works perfectly - keeping the reader hooked throughout.
Although it is one woman's struggle for acceptance of herself, there are so many facets entwining throughout that everyone will find something that they can relate to, I'm sure.
This type of story will probably attract an older readership, due to the recollections from the '70s and '80s, but I would advise any young adults branching out into the world of adulthood and relationships to read this story and get ahead of the game.
What is so sad about this authors life is not how she lived it or where she went wrong, but that it took her fifty years to finally find herself and love herself. Sharing this story may wake up some of it's readers to the path their own lives are taking. That saying - If I knew then, what I know now...comes to mind.
All stories have a message and I wish I'd read this twenty years ago.
Many of us try to figure out where life went wrong and what caused it to happen, but you can't turn back the clock anyway. Sometimes life's just like that and this story proves that you can put it all behind you and be the person that you were meant to be regardless.
This is not at all a pity seeking, miserable tale. It's an uplifting story of the trials and pressures that life throws up, the ways they are dealt with, wisely or not, and the repercussions of the judgement of others and ones self.
A truly excellent read.