4 out of 4 stars
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Being in a family where you see yourself as a mistake, burden, and dirty linen could be disheartening and pathetic. The author faced all these experiences and even worse.
Jubilee by Roxann Dehlin is a dystopian memoir. Roxann recounts her journey of self-discovery as she writes a painful account of the hatred she faces from her immediate family and relatives. Roxann suffered a series of life-threatening traumas right from childhood to adulthood. In August 1947, at eight months, Roxann was exposed to flu due to her mum’s carelessness, which resulted in a seizure that formed stroke and polio. As a result, it affected her brain, which caused forgetfulness and slow speech. She battled with all these impediments until adulthood. Her only source of happiness came from her paternal grandparents, who showered her with so much love. Her grandpa, Don, bought her a horse, Jubilee. Riding Jubilee kept her busy and away from her abusive and narcissistic mum. Roxann found the love, friendship, and companionship she lacked at home in Jubilee. She suffered this seizure for 42 years and counted up to 15,500 epileptic seizures in the first 25 years. Pick up this book to learn how her husband, Ron, Jubilee, and Dr. Holmes helped in her healing process and self-discovery.
The story is written in the first-person point of view, which helps readers connect deeply with the author’s journey. The themes center around parenting mistakes, accusations, healing, forgiveness, perseverance, discovery, and forging ahead. Interestingly, this book would serve as a wake-up call for mothers who choose to pursue a career at the detriment of their children’s welfare.
Honestly, I must commend the author for sharing the painful story of her life’s journey because it takes courage to do so. The author seems to have told her story in all honesty, and every word she said was believable. She shares her weaknesses, struggles, failures, and successes, and readers can easily relate and resonate with her story.
What I like the most about this book is the author’s inspiring decision never to give up on herself. Regardless of the embarrassment of falling in public due to the seizures, she still forged ahead with her education. Even while studying, she finds it challenging to retain and remember things, yet she kept pursuing her degree regardless of the circumstances. This attribute of the author will motivate and inspire a lot of readers.
Furthermore, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Roxann’s story, and despite being a non-fiction book, it is also suspenseful and absorbing. The narration and description of events were relatable and engaging. She used friendly language throughout her narration, making my reading experience enjoyable and seamless. Roxann writes as if she’s speaking to the reader directly. I liked that the author shared some personal photographs that would help draw the reader into her world.
In conclusion, I’d recommend this book to people who suffered abuse from narcissistic parents. It would also be suitable for people who enjoy memoirs and self-discovery books. There is nothing I dislike about this book. Hence, I’d rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. I believe it was professionally edited since I encountered only a few typos in the text.
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