4 out of 5 stars
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In the book 4 The Record: The Memories & Music of My Life, Charita Brittenum, a veteran of the music industry, details the events of her life, career, and successes up until her present level as Director of Urban Radio Promotions for RCA Records.
Beginning with stories of her childhood and growing up, Charita describes what life as a member of a large family is like. From high school through college, we watched her grow from an ambitious young girl into a successful woman. Charita works her way through her own share of relationships and friends. A young social woman, she begins navigating through life, through love, through pain, through losses, and even through abuse. After finally getting her dream job, she begins climbing the ladder of success until budget cuts and layoffs threaten her life of bliss.
I appreciated a lot of things about this book. One was that the book was really relatable. It adequately displayed several aspects of life, from sibling conflicts and rivalries to the difficulties of managing romantic relationships and dealing with love all while being a parent and a career woman. Also, the progression of the book was done nicely. It was quite easy to follow the story and life of the author, and it was not confusing. I also find that this book and the lifestory of the author can serve as inspiration for young women who are working in male-dominated fields, especially for women of color. The author was open to sharing even the tiniest details without masking events.
One thing I disliked about this book was that it contained a lot of characters. There were so many secondary characters, and a lot of people were mentioned. While this may be so because it's a memoir, I found it really difficult to follow these many characters successfully, not to mention commit their names to memory.
I give this book a rating of four out of five stars. While I did enjoy reading and learning about such an amazing person, I deducted a star because the negatives mentioned above did make the book a bit tedious. The book was relatable, professionally edited, and well written. Hence, I did not rate it lower. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves reading memoirs and biographies, especially ones about strong black women.
4 The Record
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