This was a slow read for me. The author weaves back and forth through time each chapter without warning. Once I discovered that some of these chapters were previously published essays, each published separately, that made sense. Meredith Hall's writing is very itimate, like she's just having coffee with you and sharing her story.
I loved this book! I love the way Hall weaves in and out of time periods, revealing just enough little bits of the future to make you want to see how it all fits together. I also thought it was a very real glimpse into the circumstances, emotions, and social pressures that a young unmarried pregnant girl in the 1960's faced. Her writing is honest and poignant.
I found the first 100 pages of this book to be painfully slow and considered abandoning it. I'm so glad I didn't! The last half of the book held me captive, unable to put it down until I had read every word. This author's story has genuinely affected the way I look at my own life, and I'm grateful for her perspective.
Brace yourself! Meredith Hall pulls no punches when describing her life after becoming pregnant at 16 in the 1960's. She allows you to walk more than a mile in her shoes and come away feeling like you were there--whether you wanted to be or not! The story of her family relationships is one anybody could relate to.
This is hands-down my all-time favorite book. It was a beautifully written, amazing memoir. I didn't want it to end.
I had heard good things about this book. It wasn't at all what I expected, yet I found myself fascinated by the experiences and stories the author chose to share. This is not always an easy book to read -- the ups and downs of life are often painful -- but I am glad that I read this. I would recommend it to anyone.
This is a woman's singular journey and will ring true for anyone who lived through the 1960's or who has felt disconnected from their family. The prose are beautifully written, sometimes almost like poetry. A moving story, all the more so because it is true.
I liked this book very much. A great read and a reminder what is was like for a pregnant girl not married that lived during the 1960's.