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Poorly Written, Not Engaging and One Sided
on 28 July 2014
After reading 'Shame' by Jasvinder Sanghera and 'Belonging' by Sameem Ali, both excellent books on the subject of forced marriage, along with 'Shamed' by Sarbjit Kaur Athwal regarding the honour killing of her sister in law and also a very inspiring and well written book I had high hopes for 'Shackled to my Family' by Samina Younis.
Unfortunately this book is a very poor relation to the previous mentioned books, very poorly written, with no cohesion or flow, and as a result it is very difficult to get into and root for the writer and her sister.
Though I have nothing but respect for a woman who has clearly escaped a forced marriage and violent family the story does feel one sided and without a clear end point, in fact the book ends on a particularly low note. After taking us through the first 16 years of her life in detail the end feels rushed and incomplete.
It is for these reasons not a book I can recommend nor will re read and do not feel it should be a paid for book at all. 1/5, I feel bad saying I hate it but I really, really didn't enjoy it and only finished it out of hope it would get better. It didn't.