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Brandy's style is direct, honest, and incredibly funny - which is a weird thing to say about a book that has so many punch-in-the-gut moments. But it's true and its her style that makes it so readable and so relatable. She's hit that magic ratio of lucid writing to jokes and f-bombs that makes her story universally engaging.
As an Asian-American, her description of her mother is both touching and hysterical - the transcription of her mother's thick Vietnamese accent instantly came to life in my mind. I want my wife to read this book so she'll appreciate how easy she has it with my Mom (just as much praying but less calling people "whore"). And, in general, the jumble and juxtaposition of East-Asian and American cultures throughout her book were presented simply as what they were - no annoying asides explaining Asian culture, no pontificating, nor understatement.
I was also impressed by the description of her relationship with her ex-husband. The guy clearly lands in the douchebag category, but Brandy doesn't make him out to be a cartoon villain. He's made real and with enough depth that I found myself uncomfortably recalling times when this guy's douchebagedness seemed a little too familiar. And that's one of the hallmarks of a good memoir - inspiration is nice and all but introspection is often the source of more lasting change.
In summary: funny, relatable, gut-punching, memoir of a strong and smart woman. Kind of like Bossypants except with about 100-times the drama :) Highly recommended!
Beautiful book! Worthy of your time! Nice to be made into a film as no one can believe all of these life's challenges happened to Brandy, a cancer survivor at age 33.
It becomes a book that's important not only to highlight one woman's perseverance but also to display the interconnected emotions of us all. Congratulations to Worrall for being brave enough to publish this! I also love how she navigates the pitfalls of relationships (including CAMs) and the horrors of cancer, and how she ties everything into history and family.
Brandy has a way of being brutally honest and relatable at the same time. You actually feel like you are experiencing her lowest points and her highest points with her. You come to love her family and their imperfections as much as you come to love her strength and perseverance through hardships no one should have to experience. You owe it to yourself to read this book!