The author, who was born with cerebral palsy, was only twenty-four when she wrote this memoir. As she says her desire was to honour her mother for how she loved and helped her. However, this memoir encompasses far more. In many ways it is an amazing tale of how someone with such physical limitations has lived a full and active life. In fact, she, in the few years of life already experienced, has undertaken far more than many physically able people.
Throughout she is upbeat and positive and her exuberance for life is apparent. And she has the right to be proud (not arrogant) of her achievements.
Besides informing the reader, especially those who did not know before, about the varying limitations of the illness and of the different types of cerebral palsy the author goes on to discuss how ‘able-bodied’ people tend to treat those with obvious physical disabilities. She wants the reader and society in general to learn and understand. The writer, who has personally known people with a variety of different disabilities, may confirm she is very accurate in her observations. If the reader, as well as others generally, fail to comprehend, it is they who will miss out on knowing and connecting with some unique individuals.
The book is written in a short, concise manner with the author’s voice readily apparent throughout. There is some repetition but this does not unduly detract.
This is an upbeat and inspiring memoir that shows how something most would consider disastrous may be overcome.
Four stars (4*)
The book is available in paperback, e-book and audio formats.
Note: Depending on where the reader is looking the book has different covers.
The author also has her own art business: http://www.redbubble.com
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