3 out of 4 stars
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Rosalinda worked as a waitress to support herself. Her paycheck and tips helped pay the bills, so she could be independent and keep a roof over her head. One day, she had a physical altercation with a customer. That got her fired. Unemployed, she decided to heed the advice she had received and pursued a career in boxing. This decision started Rose on a career path where winning was not enough. She wanted to be the world champion. Her deepest desire was to go toe-to-toe with Echo, her hated rival. What caused Rose's deep-seated dislike for this opponent? Will an injury keep her from realizing her dream?
Proud to Be Me Rosalinda by Jesse Moreno is a novel listed under the genre of other fiction. The central theme is a woman's determination never to give up as she pursued her dream. I liked how the main character defined her goal and focused all her efforts on working her plan for success. I liked the book because the author was able to show, through a well-developed character, how a person can achieve their dreams. Even though it is fictional, I found the story to be motivational.
It was captivating to watch Rose transform from a carefree waitress to a disciplined boxer training for every fight. She found love, faced discrimination, grieved the death of a family member, and gained a following of loyal fans. The book follows her boxing career, highlighting her struggles, obstacles, and victories. Her trademark of mariachi music, throwing roses to the crowd, and how she received her boxing nickname will delight and move your heart. I would have liked more details about Echo's background to highlight the schism that developed between Rose and Echo. The author might be saving that background information for the following books in this series.
This book would benefit from another round of proofreading. There were many misspelled words and sentences with an incorrect verb sequence. Sentences like: "Rose’s mom didn’t speak or understood English very well," were common but could be easily corrected. The author needs to ask a native English speaker to revise the manuscript. There was a moderate amount of profanity and some violence. Some readers might not enjoy the detailed descriptions of Rose's boxing matches.
I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. The author maintained the flow of the story with unique and unexpected twists and did an amazing job of developing the main character. The editing problems and lack of background about Echo made me lower the score to a three. This novel would delight readers who enjoy sports themes. There is also a strong theme of romance. Readers who like stories with strong female protagonists would enjoy this story.
Proud to Be Me Rosalinda
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