4 out of 4 stars
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Life has its ups and downs — trouble times, breakthrough times, and victory times. This is a fact that Annick Guirate portrays in the book, From Nowhere to Now Here.
This book told the story of a young, biracial girl named Nikki. Nikki began life in unfortunate circumstances living with her step-mother, Mara, who she described as a witch, and her father, Pierre, was hardly ever home. Nikki lived through verbal, emotional and physical abuse in the hands of her father and her step-mother. Also, she had the idea that her mother never wanted her — a statement her father programmed into her mind. At age 9, Nikki was forced to babysit a newborn and a one-year-old without adult supervision, coerced into theft, wrongly accused, and didn't even have a voice in the face of her father. When Nikki ran into trouble at school and feared home would be unbearable for her, she devised a plan to run away from home. What would the world out there hold for Nikki?
In this book, Annick Guirate tells a beautiful story using the first-person narrative. She highlights child abuse and child psychology consultancy(child support) as the core themes in this story. With an easy-to-read storyline, not too many pages to cover, and a little humor, the reader moves on to the next page with so much excitement and can't wait to get to the last page. This book has 17 chapters with titles, giving the reader what to expect in each chapter. I love Nikki's character — her smartness, talents, relationship with her friends, and boldness. I also love how she transitions in her role. The author's portrayal of Nikki's character is what I like most about the book.
There was nothing to dislike about this book as I loved every bit of it. I found Nikki's life story to be inspiring and amusing, and it did feel like I was watching a movie. This book contained minimal use of profane words and minor grammatical and typographical errors, which were not disconcerting.
Despite the errors, and knowing that even the best-sellers contain minimal errors, I'd rate this book 4 out of 4 stars as it could pass for a professionally edited book. Lovers of autobiographies and inspirational books would have a swell time reading this book. This book will also be best suited to young adults as they could learn a thing or two from Nikki's story.
From nowhere to now here
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