3 out of 4 stars
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Not a Statistic is a memoir of exactly 86 pages written by Emma R. Wilson. Its contents are divided into 17 chapters. Furthermore, the author strategically takes us through the journey of her life. She started this by exploring her family background, career, and personal life. Among other narratives, she went further to disclose the negatives of the deep-seated racism ravaging the United States of America and how this affected her as a black woman.
As with many other things, a detailed reader will always look out for the writing style of the author as it relates to the use of tenses and level of comprehensibility. Hence, I must commend the author for an exceptionally written book. It is also important to state that the author did not portray verbosity like a lot of writers in a bid to sound sophisticated. Furthermore, even though this novel was relatively short, the writer still explored a myriad of crucial thoughts. Accordingly, these attributes made reading Not a Statistic fascinating. In addition to this, I love how the writer disclosed the difficulties she was faced with and how she overcame them regardless of all odds.
Something that not only got me thinking but upset was why the author did not discourage early marriage, particularly as it relates to the girl child. I hold this belief because Emma Wilson's mother got married as barely a teenager, and at that tender age, she started producing babies. I am of the opinion that if a controversial topic like systemic racism was analyzed, then the inherent consequences of childhood marriage should not be sidelined. Sincerely, I literally screamed when I read about the age at which Emma's mother got married. And while I looked forward to where she would at least discourage that, I never got any. To say the least, this was greatly disappointing.
During the process of reading Not a Statistic: Emma Wilson's Story of Determination Through Tragedy, I did not come across any grammatical error. Therefore, I can state that this book was professionally edited. On the other hand, in view of what I disliked about this novel, I have no choice but to rate it three out of four stars.
Overall, readers who love memoirs, inspirational novels, and topics on racism will find this a worthwhile read. And as such, I recommend Not a Statistic: Emma Wilson's Story of Determination Through Tragedy to them.
Not a Statistic
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