This book is a Memoir which, Wikipedia defines as: 'a collection of memories that an individual writes about moments or events, both public or private that took place in the author's life. The assertions made in the work are understood to be factual. While memoir has historically been defined as a subcategory of autobiography since the late 20th century, the genre is differentiated in form, presenting a narrowed focus. Like most autobiographies, memoirs are written from the first-person point of view. An autobiography tells the story of a life, while memoir tells a story from a life, such as touchstone events and turning points from the author's life'.
The above description is very accurate for this book. It sticks to the narrowed focus, and is under 30 pages. It is an inspiring and honest recollection of the Author's childhood and significant life events up until now. Justine does tell the 'story from a life, such as touchstone events' leading up to the events of her remarkable 'turning points' in her life. It truly is a genuine triumph over tragedy.
After only a few paragraphs, it is obvious that the purpose of this memoir was for four separate yet important reasons :
1) For the Author to record past events that shaped her into the woman she is today.
2) As a stepping stone to acknowledge the memory of her dear Mother and the closing of a painful chapter. All done with a determined effort to remain strong and move forward onto the next stage of her life.
3) To inspire and bring hope to others who are going through difficult times. A truthful experience of someone who has been there and has come out the other side. Who has lived through tragedy, and has overcome it to create a better life for herself.
4) As a reminder to everyone to be grateful for what they have, and to use all the resources at their disposal to make a better life for themselves. To show us that the power, despite what is going on around us, does truly lie within us.
What I loved about this memoir is that it isn't about a famous person, it wasn't written for publicity reasons and it's not to gain empathy. It's the no holds barred honest truth from someone who suffered one heartache after another throughout her childhood.
I believe Justine is trying to turn her horrible pain and sad circumstances into a learning tool for anyone who is going through a rough patch, a hard time, an illness, the death of a loved one, any type of abuse, addiction or bullying. Her strength and determination shines through this story.
Once I begun reading the story I could literally not put it down. It was easy to read, heartfelt and relatable to the point that I simply had to keep reading as I silently hoped for a happy ending. It has all the elements that a good memoir should.
Justine gives a short introduction and then gets straight to the point. She doesn't whinge or complain. As she writes it she becomes emotional thinking about her Mother, and all that they had been through.
You would think that a person who is only in their early thirties wouldn't really have enough life experience to write a useful memoir. Yet Justine shows that life can deal us hard knocks no matter what age we are, who we are or where we come from. With bullying and violence rampant today I think this story will give hope and a voice to anyone who needs it. Especially the youth of today who are dealing with more of society's issues than ever before.
With another three books already under her belt, being Chief Editor of HubGarden sites, a trained hypnotist and numerous other business ventures that are successful, there is no doubt that Justine is achieving way beyond her years.
I look forward to reading, and learning more life lessons from her journey and reviewing her other books. I hope you will continue to follow me.
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Note: Although Justine is a Chief Editor here at Self Avenue; the writer of this book review was not asked by Justine or anyone else at Self Avenue or HubGarden to write this book review. The decision to purchase and review this book was solely the decision of the writer of this book review. - Editor