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⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 🇬🇧 Somebody's daughter 🇬🇧 Ashley C. Ford
🇬🇧 I bought this book after reading an excellent review in Time.
🇬🇧 In her memoir, Ashley tells us about her single mum of four kids, with little money and a very bad temper, about her always supportive grandmother, and the absence of her dad, in prison. She tells about her first boyfriend and how he raped her. Her second boyfriend, Brett. How she got to college and feels free from her chaotic family. When Ashley is 25 she decides to visit her father in prison.
🇬🇧 Some parts of this book remind me of the excellent "Educated", because of the difficult childhood. It's always interesting to see how some people thrive despite their hard start in life, mostly because they get an education. But honestly I'm a little bit disappointed by this book, I think the tone is cold and the author tells a succession of memories without much feeling.
Perhaps I am biased as I had this young lady as a student. I found this book to be thought provoking and endearing. It was impossible to put down. It is my belief that every reader may find a bit of their own history in Ashley’s book. It was a very special thing to see inside this young woman’s soul.
All i have to say is WOW! This book is a memoir and honestly it didn’t feel like one, it was just beautifully written and just flowed. I could picture every detail that was written, i felt the heart breaks , the fear, the anxiety. I felt as if i was in the book. This has to be one of my favorite memoirs that i have ever read. The book is just a treasure and Ashley’s story is inspiring and incredible
Beautifully written story mostly about her relationship with her mother, bookended by her relationship with her imprisoned father. It's a coming of age story when comfort isn't at one's fingertips. Ford uses fantastic visceral descriptions and knows how to keep a reader turning the page.
Perhaps my head wasn’t in the right place as I read this, but I didn’t find this book as compelling as the reviews. Ford certainly writes well, and her experiences are a testimony to her strength of character and will. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend it.
The author writes beautifully and yet it was inescapable to put the book down frequently and to struggle to complete reading it. I eventually finished it, just to write the review. In the woke-meter, it rates very, very high. It is autobiographical and very well written, even more since it gives the reader a special seat into the saddest and roughest periods of the author’s life. It is not about a daughter and her single mom relationship. Quite on the contrary, since such relationship is the weakest and most trying for the author. Rather, this book is about her relationships with her whole family and her absent father, primarily. As a smart and talented young girl, whose father is incarcerated and the mother is hardly kind due to becoming a single mom, the writer faces different sources of love and violence until she is raped. As awful as any sexual crime is, the worst part for me was the author’s choice of words to tell about the horrific event. It was not a physical or material description but more of an emotional narration on how such event affected her. Describing a sexual assault is horrific enough but it is even worse when one starts narrating the emotional wreckage that resulted from such violence. Still, her beautiful text doesn’t save the reader from wondering why one’s reading this book. The author is very talented and writes beautifully. I just hope that she explores other topics beside herself.
"Although the wind blows terribly here, the moonlight also leaks between the roof planks of this ruined house." Izumi Shikibu
Ashley penned a transparent story that encapsulated love, belonging, forgiveness, resentment, poverty, incarceration, mental health, generational trauma, and abuse. Through the lens of her earliest memories of her childhood, she recalls her very volatile relationship with her mother and other friends/family members. Although there were memories she did not want to keep Ashley bravely reckoned with puberty and stolen innocence. Her mother was abusive and emotionally unavailable. Her father was unavailable due to his incarceration. Given her fathers' circumstances, the only way her father showed her love was through his letters. Throughout the story, Ashley exhibited a spirit of resilience. She unapologetically owned her truth and ultimately was able to salvage a familial bond. We spend so much time harboring resentment and unforgiveness, which only perpetuates the issues. It's either a tragic situation or in death that regrets consume us. But, forgiveness is a struggle for most of us. Ashley belonged to somebody. She is Somebody's Daughter.