2 out of 4 stars
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The book Fan Loyalty by Carol Wilson-Mack is a memoir type novel in which the author talks about her life's obsession with the singer Brook Benton. From her first time as a teenager hearing Benton sing to making her career path based on her love for the singer, the author is extremely focused on Brook Benton. Through her obsession and becoming president of the Brook Benton fan club, the author was provided amazing opportunities and led the best life.
This book was like nothing I have ever read before, and I enjoyed it. It is a very quick read, being just over one hundred pages, and the writing flowed decently. There were times that the author jumped around in time without explanation, which made for confusion. I honestly had never heard of Brook Benton before reading this book, so I also enjoyed reading more about him and listening to a few of his songs. I do not have the same tastes as the author and did not have a life-changing experience like she did when I first heard his voice, but I thought he was good.
This book is in desperate need of professional editing. There were no spelling errors that I noticed, but the use of capitalization and random quotation marks and commas inserted in random places was distracting. I enjoyed especially reading about the author's life in rural South Carolina growing up in the 1950s. This book entirely focused on her experience with Brook Benton, but the minor side-details of her life were interesting as well.
This book is an excellent example of perseverance, with the idea that if you set your mind to something, you can achieve anything. It was Carol Wilson's goal to meet Brook Benton, and she did so. The process of how the author came to meet the singer, indirectly through her job and through the singer's family in which her dream came true. Reading more about this author, she has lived an incredible life, which I would be interested in reading more about. This focal point of her love for Brook Benton made for a good storyline.
I give Fan Loyalty 2 out of 4 stars, for an interesting subject matter, hard to follow writing flow and text with an abundance of typos through the novel. I would recommend this book to anyone looking to be inspired by an excellent person, who wants to read on how the impossible can sometimes become possible.
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