4 out of 4 stars
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The Mindset by Ace Bowers is an inspirational autobiography. He narrates his transition from growing up in poverty to becoming a janitor earning only six dollars an hour. He eventually becomes a successful millionaire. Throughout his memoir Ace shines light of his childhood to his reader, showing a dysfunctional family and the life of poverty in which he lived in. These memories, though often filled with pain, are also surrounded by empathy for his parents. His parents did not know how to budget and often spent most of their paychecks on payday. The empathy and love he shows for his parents throughout kept me engaged.
I really appreciated the honesty throughout this book. There was clear pain and processing throughout his writing. Emotion within The Mindset is authentic and genuine which connects the reader to each individual experience as well as each character that is introduced. Ace Bowers is not trying to to sell his readers on a new creation of an idea. He is reminding readers that hard work and motivation will take you exactly where you want to go in life and that definitely was my favorite part of the entire book.
The only part of the book I disliked was the repetition throughout the first half of the book. This appeared to get better near the second half of the book. I do not know if this was meant as emphasis as the author felt this was important to restate, however, it felt parts of the story were dragged on for too long or restated one to many times.
Ace’s story is extraordinarily inspiring and I would recommend this book to young adults as well as adults. You do not need to have had a traumatic childhood to read or understand his memoir. His story is a great tool for adults to help guide others going through a tough time. It could also be a great read for young adults who have experienced trauma in their own life and need some inspiration.
Throughout the book there are references to God as well as angles. The references are not many and can be skipped over by a non-believer. There are no sexual scenes, or explicitly violent scenes. The creation of this book is his way of processing his own traumatic experiences as well as encouraging others to work through their own. I would rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. I enjoyed the author's writing style.
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