3 out of 4 stars
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The relationship a child has with their mother starts way before they even breathe life in this world. Growing up, we all sought the safe haven of our mother’s arms to feel warm and comforted. But what if a child is not showered with the love they desire from their mother? How can something like alcohol strain the greatest form of attachment? In the book below, we discover a bewildering relationship between a mother and a child.
Set in Australia, She is Heavy - She's my Mother by Jan Carroll is a passionate, entertaining, and compelling autobiography. It reveals the endeavors of the author while she manages the changes in her life stemming from dirty family secrets and her mother’s progressive descent into alcohol addiction. The author first starts the book with a glimpse into her strained relationship with her mother. Then she takes us all the way back to her childhood, reminiscing stories of making friends, getting scolded by nuns at her boarding school, and visiting various glorious parts of Australia for vacation. While all those memories were wonderful, soon, however, the clutches of her mother’s alcoholism start to taint every aspect of her life. It turns her mother from a talented, kind, and witty human to a mean, jealous, and harmful one. It gets toxic to the point where the author loses the safety of her mother’s embrace.
The work in this book had an abundance of sentiments. With the author’s descriptive writing style in narrating the tales of her life, readers would find themselves immersed in her stories. She delivered in describing the beauty of Australia, the entertainment of theater, the complex relationship with her glamorous mother, and the role she played later in the future as a mother herself. I enjoyed the characters of her two lovely daughters, Dannielle and Melanie, and how their young minds worked. Her best friend Madie's character was also quite impressive. But more than anything, I admired the fact that she was a good mother to her daughters when she necessarily did not have the best connection with her own mother.
However, the book contained several errors in sentences that were spread throughout the chapters. Besides, there were also a few spelling mistakes. In addition to that, the complex sentence structures were needlessly lengthy and required proper punctuations. I believe another round of proofreading of this book would make the story delivery much smoother.
Therefore, I would rate She is Heavy - She's my Mother by Jan Carroll with 3 out of 4 stars. I had to deduct one star for the above-mentioned reasons. This book contained some profanities and mature content. Also, there were contents in a few stories that were pedophilic. As a result, this book will not be suitable for younger audiences. Apart from that, I would recommend it to mature readers who like to read autobiographies. Female readers may be able to relate to the journey of a young girl surviving the harsh obstacles thrown at her from a very young age, despite coming from a privileged background. Readers willing to read an emotional autobiography would also immensely enjoy this book.
She is Heavy - She's my Mother
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