4 out of 4 stars
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In At the End of the Day by Judy Condon, Joel, a man from a small Caribbean Island, takes us through his life journey as he navigates a rough childhood and living in bad conditions. The book title is borne out of the promise Joel made to a lovely lady who came to his rescue. We are taken through his entire childhood from his dad named Luis being a shady criminal who always dragged Joel into his activities to his mum Sofia who was always angry and found numerous reasons to always punish him. Joel lived a miserable life till Whitney met him.
Whitney and her husband, named Trent, usually visited the Island as tourists until they finally decided to relocate from the United States of America to the Island permanently. Whitney employed Luis to do the work needed to build their accommodation. Through these events, Whitney got to meet Joel and see how badly he was treated. Whitney started helping Joel with his school work and tried to help change the bad behavior he had acquired over the years from his dad and the people on the Island. They impacted so much good in his life that Joel promised Whitney to be there when she was old and had no one. Was Joel able to turn over a new leaf? Was Joel able to turn around his bad academic performances? Was Joel able to keep the promise he made to Whitney?
This book, written in the third-person point of view, is explicitly detailed. I loved how the author was able to write the book from each character's different point of view. However, this created something I did not really like, as it felt like repetition to me most times. My favorite part of the book was comparing a good story to a hamburger where the top and bottom buns were regarded as the beginning and end of the story, respectively, while the middle part (patty) was the best.
There is quite a lot to learn from this story, as it captures a few thought-provoking situations. If all kids were afforded the same conditions, they would live happier, and I think the world will become a better place to live. The book is professionally edited, although there were words that felt like errors but as I kept reading, it turned out that it was just the way people spoke on the Island. Apart from those words, I did not have any issues reading the book. In the course of reading the book, I did not find any grammatical or editing error.
At the End of the Day by Judy Condon deserves a maximum rating of four out of four stars. It passes a message of hope to anyone wishing their life could get better, encouraging them not to give up. I would recommend this book to fans of non-fiction novels.
At the End of the Day
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