"Outstanding piece of writing. Recommended for anyone. An unbelievable story, well written, really a classic young teen novel. Recommended highly."- Janis Moorhouse
"One pitfall that Brown avoids is that lugubrious pit of self-pity that taint so many memoirs of similar life conditions." Grady Harp - Vine Voice
"The language of gambling makes an interesting and recurrent motif throughout this memoir, asserting that it is only by chance that any one of us could have traveled this very same road. Decks are shuffled, hands are played. An ultimately uplifting, beautifully written, and inspiring memoir." - Fiona Edmonds
"I have read all three books by Marlayna Glynn Brown and will say they are the best books I have read. I highly recommend her books if one is interested in the cold, hard truth of so many kids these days." Jean Malik
"One notable writer said a miserable childhood is an author's gold mine. Marlayna comes from the motor lode of miserable childhoods and she has spun an exceptional narrative from her nightmare." R. Vincent
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Some authors are able to help the reader create an emotional connection with the characters they create, and in so doing make the reader somewhat sad at the final turn of the page that their journey with that character has ended. Forevermore these characters linger in our mind's eye, and we imagine that somewhere, in some dimension into which the author was able to give us a glimpse, the character is alive and continuing their journey. Marlayna accomplishes the same feeling of connection with her main character, a fact that is made all the more overwhelming when the reader realizes that her protagonist is not a fictional creation; she is real. And she weaves this story with a humanity that leaves the reader feeling as if the emotions could leap from the pages to underscore particularly poignant observations.
One of the things that make writing a memoir tricky (aside from overcoming the obvious question of "who would care?") is in telling a real life story in such a way that the reader feels as if the journey is shared and extraordinary, but not pedantic. Anyone wanting to know what it is like to navigate the minefield that is poverty and addiction, a task difficult enough for adults, but harder yet for children, needs to read this book. In her uniquely simple, unassuming way Ms. Brown presents her story in a fashion that leaves you with an undeniable urge to invent a time machine just to find her adolescent self, wrap her in a protective embrace and offer a heartfelt promise that "it will all be okay." And you'll mean it when you wish that you could.
I will definitely be reading her next book.
She is an example that just because you had tough breaks as a child does not excuse you for
being a failure in your adult life. You had no control as a kid but you do get to make choices
as an adult. Why not choose positive choices instead of hiding behind "oh poor me".
Marlayna had numerous close calls and dangerous situations as did I Her book is a testament
to the indomitable human spirit and the Survival Instinct. The only reason that I gave it 4 stars
instead of 5 is that this book needs a good editor as there are misspelled words and missing
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