3 out of 4 stars
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From The Hood to the Heights: Building success from the ground up by Tanisha Jamison is the author's autobiography. She reveals how she went from poverty to trying to start her own business. It is an inspiring account of never giving up on one's dreams.
Tanisha grew up in a low-end section of Cleveland, Ohio. From a young age, she admittedly had a penchant for getting into trouble. She admits, "trouble is my middle name." She hung around with older kids and found herself in several difficult situations she was fortunate to escape. Her mother was strict and brought her children up with firm religious guidance. However, Tanisha was strong-willed. She retaliated when someone made her angry—sometimes with a vengeance. At the age of sixteen, she was pregnant and wanted to have an abortion, but instead, she had the baby. As a single mom, she worked as a nanny, a welder, and other miscellaneous jobs but never had enough money to make ends meet. She devised ways to get cash by acquiring as many loans as possible but only succeeded in getting deeper into debt. Life wasn't easy for Tanisha. She shares childhood stories from life at home to life on the streets of the 'hood' and beyond.
Tanisha Jamison has bared her heart and soul in the writing of her autobiography. She tells it like it is, realistic yet straightforward, so the narrative is easy to follow. Tanisha has a survivor's spirit, which shines through in her writing. Her's is a story worth reading, and it will be an inspiration to all who do.
My favorite thing about this book is that it touches on so many issues that can help young people, such as teen pregnancy, divorce, depression and anxiety, suicide, teen drug and alcohol use, and eating disorders. However, it also brings perseverance, determination, and hard work to the forefront, proving anyone can change their status in life if they want it badly enough.
My least favorite thing about this book is the significant amount of profanity in the narrative, which inhibits me from recommending it to younger teens. I believe all young people can learn from Tanisha's story as many situations she found herself in were from ten to eleven years old. At the beginning of the book, she explains that there will be profanity because it was a natural part of her story. Also, I found more than ten spelling and grammar errors in the book, which leads me to believe there was no professional editing. A round of editing would give this book a perfect rating. However, I must remove a star due to the errors.
For the raw transparency of the author in telling her story, to the many life lessons this book highlights, I am rating From The Hood to the Heights by Tanisha Jamison 3 out of 4 stars. I recommend this book to teens sixteen years of age and older trying to find their way in life and to parents of teens trying to understand those problematic years.
From The Hood to the Heights
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