4 out of 4 stars
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Everyone has a tale to tell, whether good or bad — and it is our experiences that make up this story. Lion Song is Judy Burr's story.
The book told Judy Burr's story from her childhood to how some things that she couldn't control affected who she became. It also captured the twists in her life, her relationships, and her overall love life. In this narrative, the reader would see she managed to cope with them all.
The author created a masterpiece; without knowing, one would think the author created the main character out of her imagination. At first, I thought it was a fictional story due to the storyline's organizational structure. The fact that she used novel-style writing to tell her personal story endeared me most to this book.
Because the book is a one-sided story (the author was telling it from her point of view), there's a seeming bias regarding some of the facts, especially those of the Christian faith. Some readers may find this offensive. However, I think it can be overlooked, seeing that it's only a story.
I love how open and real the author is in the book. It takes a lot for someone to be this honest, and I think other readers will appreciate it.
The book didn't lack emotions at all. The main character carried a vibe of romance in the book; it was so dominant that I felt it at every turn. Lovers of romance would have a swell time reading about Judy's romantic adventures.
The narrative was too suspenseful for a memoir. It was not one of those books that I could easily predict what would happen in the end. Even though I tried, I had to give up, and I kept my legs crossed, waiting, and following as the storyline progressed. This made my reading very engaging, and I would give a lot of kudos to the author for her exceptional writing skills.
I wouldn't say the book offered so much of a lesson. It was not one of those books that I would call educational. I reckoned the author only wanted to tell a story and not necessarily teach any lesson.
I must commend the author for the descriptions in the book. She relayed the events and actions the way they played out and how she captured them in her mind. She skillfully used words to transfer those experiences from her mind to mine. Generally, this was a refreshing read.
If there was one thing that would have put me off, it would have been the plethora of details. At some points, I felt they were overly done. While I appreciated the detailed descriptions, some of them were unnecessary and slightly veered off course. However, this would be me looking for a more concise and straightforward narrative.
Although I found a few errors in the book, it didn't affect my reading experience. I'd gladly award Lion Song a four out of four stars rating. It was a fascinating story filled with romance and a lot of graphic sexual details. Therefore, I wouldn't recommend it to a young reading audience.
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