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I AM NOT A FAN...
on 1 May 2009
This is a book in which the authors details her life story. After the death of her mother at the age of eleven, the author's life took a decided turn for the worse. A series of foster homes, coupled with physical and sexual abuse, led the author into a downward spiral. An eventual drug user, gang member, and prostitute, who engaged in violent criminal acts against others, the author, who ultimately depended upon the kindness of strangers to help set her on the path to redemption, lays it all out for the reader in graphic detail.
Unfortunately, the book could have used a good editor, as it is quite repetitive and poorly written. I found that it tended to pall after a while. There also appears to be quite an extensive use of literary license, as the book is littered with many conversations that took place years ago. The author's memory is apparently as remarkable as her life, given the fact that she was often either high or drunk by her own admission. It makes me wonder how much of her book is fact and how much is fiction? After all, she spent a large part of her life conning others. This book may possibly be her ultimate con. Who is to say?
Although the author had many people helping her along the way to achieve her eventual success, props must be accorded to her for letting her natural intelligence take precedence over her life of crime. Yet, she comes across surprisingly devoid of introspection or reflection and appears also to be devoid of empathy for others, making her someone less sympathetic or admirable. Moreover, it is unfortunate that she finds that she cannot extend that same helping hand, which was so graciously extended to her, to others. While the author will speak before any organization for thousands of dollars, she will not address any audience that cannot afford to pay her fees, no matter how indigent, destitute, or young. Instead, she recommends that they buy her book, if they cannot afford her fees. Unfortunately, her book just ain't all that.