Review by lumenchristi -- Kalayla by Jeannie Nicholas

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Review by lumenchristi -- Kalayla by Jeannie Nicholas

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[Following is a volunteer review of "Kalayla" by Jeannie Nicholas.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Kalayla is a captivating story I cannot forget anytime soon. It is the story of three amazing ladies of different ages and backgrounds. Lena, a 72-year-old grandmother who had been living an isolated life, and dislikes herself for being a failed mother. Maureen, a single mother who had lost her family and is trying her best to be a good mother to her only daughter, Kalayla. Kalayla, an 11-year-old girl very outspoken with a know-it-all personality. Lena developed an interest in Kalayla because her mother is too busy to properly look after her. Both families found companionship in each other and brought into each other’s lives a new shade of colour. How did this pan out? Find out in this interesting and hard-to-put-down book by Jeannie Nicholas.

First off, I must confess that the style of writing deployed by the author brought out the beauty of the storyline. Each character narrates the story from their point of view. The chronological arrangement of scenes ensured I wasn’t lost and gave more clarity to the book. The book is full of suspense and has flashes of humour. The characters are few and as a result, they are well-developed without sacrificing quality or creating confusion. The heat was turned on right from the first chapter till the last.

Speaking of the characters, Kalayla is an outspoken and pre-teen girl who is full of energy and believes she can freely say anything she wants as long as it pleases her. She is full of sarcasm, and this makes for some humorous situations. She seems to be a tough young girl, but I loved that she is correctable. Maureen, on the other hand, is fragile but with strong willpower. Few people can put up with what she had faced. Lena is a principled and no-nonsense grandma who failed as a mother, in part because of whom she married. I loved Kalayla’s and Lena’s conversations the most.

The book properly blends all the points of view of each character and contains tons of lessons. Through the reflections of the characters, you'll easily relate to the experiences of each of the characters which played an important role in the formation of their present behaviour. The book redefines what family is. Consistent with the book, a family is redefined as people that are there for each other in times of need. It shows that family is more than blood relations. It also teaches that regardless of how we are treated, we should always forgive and reach out to people willing to reach out to us. Also, parents should allow their children to follow their dreams and not impose their desires on the children. Only when this is done can both the parents and the children be truly happy. The book also teaches that the results of racism are never a happy one. There is peace in coexistence.

The book is efficiently edited because I found no error in the book. There is nothing that I particularly dislike about the book. Therefore, I will rate this book 4 out of 4 stars.

I will gladly recommend this book to parents and to those who love a book with a memorable storyline. It does contain some profanities, so I will advise children that are under 13-years to stay off this book. Also, readers that could be offended by abusive scenes might want to stay off this book. In all, Kalayla is a good book with an outstanding storyline.

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I read this book a while back and loved every word of it. The unexpected friendship of three women from three different generations was beautiful, and I loved how they helped each other to grow.

Thanks for a nice review!
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Kirsi_78 wrote: 12 Apr 2021, 15:23 I read this book a while back and loved every word of it. The unexpected friendship of three women from three different generations was beautiful, and I loved how they helped each other to grow.

Thanks for a nice review!
The story got me overwhelmed. It was emotional. Thank you for your comment.
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I love your statement that the book redefines what family means as people who are there for each other in times of need. I think you’ve really captured the essence of the book with that phrase! I agree that the writing style is beautiful, too. Thanks for a thorough review!
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I love the exploration of the three women's stories. I enjoyed reading your review!
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maggi3 wrote: 12 Apr 2021, 18:13 I love your statement that the book redefines what family means as people who are there for each other in times of need. I think you’ve really captured the essence of the book with that phrase! I agree that the writing style is beautiful, too. Thanks for a thorough review!
Exactly! We need to expand our view of 'family' so we can be there for those who need our help. Thanks for your kind comment.
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Marcel Cantu wrote: 13 Apr 2021, 14:15 I love the exploration of the three women's stories. I enjoyed reading your review!
I appreciate your positive feedback. Thank you.
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Kalayla's and Lena's conversation seems to be enjoyed by many; they were my favorite too. I like your observation that family can be more than blood-relation. Thanks for your wonderful review!
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Im glad you liked the book. I read it and loved it so much. I just might reread it in future. Also, the author's writing style was excuisite. Thanks for the great review.
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PeterRabitt20 wrote: 14 Apr 2021, 09:46 Kalayla's and Lena's conversation seems to be enjoyed by many; they were my favorite too. I like your observation that family can be more than blood-relation. Thanks for your wonderful review!
:D You can say that again! They gave me a swell time all through. Thanks for your comment.
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63tty wrote: 14 Apr 2021, 11:57 Im glad you liked the book. I read it and loved it so much. I just might reread it in future. Also, the author's writing style was excuisite. Thanks for the great review.
Yea! I enjoyed her writing style as well. Thanks for your comment.
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It is a very touching book. It highlights the fact that family is more than just a blood relation. In a way, I feel it is the main essence of the book. Great review!
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It is a very touching book. It highlights the fact that family is more than just a blood relation. In a way, I feel it is the main essence of the book. Great review!
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I also read and reviewed this book and I can't agree less with you. The point of view brought out the narration really well and that made it enjoyable. We must agree that the book is also all too way emotional as well as educative at the same time. Great and Informative review!
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Koyna wrote: 17 Apr 2021, 00:16 It is a very touching book. It highlights the fact that family is more than just a blood relation. In a way, I feel it is the main essence of the book. Great review!
Yea. In my opinion, I think that's what the author is trying to pass across. Thanks for your kind comment.
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