*I received a free e-copy of My Not-So-Ordinary Life to review.*
According to the author:
My Not-So-Ordinary Life is an autobiography that tells the author’s life story up to age 28. The book reminisces about her innocent times in childhood, reveals the difficult experiences she faced in adolescence, and shows how she persevered and changed her life as an adult. The final message of the book is: Life will have its ups and downs but, ultimately, you will be okay, and maybe even good, in the end.
This book deals with the author’s experiences with mental illness, addiction, an eating disorder, and homelessness.
This book is written in vernacular and quite short. The PDF I received had 17 pages, so I was basically just given an outline of the author’s life. Unfortunately, I really couldn’t relate to the author or the experiences she described. This autobiography is about overcoming obstacles and succeeding in the end, but I didn’t agree with the author’s philosophy.
Rice made numerous immature decisions as a teenager and young adult- no surprise there…we all did, right? The difference is that Rice implies there was nothing wrong with her choices. For example, the last words of the book are in reference to obtaining a college degree: “After all I’ve been through, I know I deserve it.” But the majority of the unpleasant circumstances the author experienced were of her own doing, so she just came across as egocentric to me. I didn’t feel much personal responsibility emanating from this book. Perhaps part of the reason I inferred this was due to the book’s brevity. I think it’s difficult to convey meaning and really expand a character without detail and length.
On a different note, I was in contact with Christine Rice regarding downloading the book, review dates, etc., and she was very polite, professional, and pleasant in all correspondence. I should also point out that others may not have my worldview and may feel completely different about My Not-So-Ordinary Life. The fact that it’s a quick and interesting read may actually be a plus for busy moms, since we don’t get a lot of free time!
You can purchase a paperback or Kindle version of My Not-So-Ordinary Life below (affiliate link). Barnes&Noble.com also has an e-version available for the Nook.
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