Saturday, August 1, 2015

Book Review Request: It Ain't Easy

Title: It Ain't Easy
Author: Kesia Alexandra
Genre: Short stories, Reality
Date read: July 5-7, 2015
Dawn Rates:  (3/5)

Summary (cr: goodreads)

"It Ain't Easy" is a collection of short stories on growing up in Washington, DC. If you think it's all memorials and museums, you're mistaken. This collection explores the every day lives of those who reside in the city— from the around the way girls and boys in the hood to the private schools on the privileged side of town. "It Ain't Easy" shows one of America's most talked about cities in a way it is rarely seen; through the eyes of the people.

My Review: (also in goodreads)

It's always an honor to receive a book from the author asking you to give an honest review about it. It means they value your review and your ability to review without any pretense. Therefore, I'm going to give this an honest review:

This is a collection of short stories which revolves around the everyday life in the city. Different walks of life, different problems: that is what makes up this book.
In this short story, the female protagonist is getting by everyday living with her boyfriend with her child. She then gets tricked by the boyfriend's brother in taking her money. 
It ain't easy girls, it ain't easy
Wanting to escape her life the girl is in a relationship with a friend till she eventually gets knocked up. The problem is if the guy would take the responsibility or flee making her life even harder
Triangular truth
This happens in a private school where the plot is that: my story vs. your story about a rape incident. They guy is in as a scholar and the girl is a rich spoiled one.
A shocking event shakes the school as a girl suddenly died. This is the story of how that incident created ripples through out the people who know her
Felt like you held me
Seeing your first love once again after quite some time could either disgust or entrance you. Sometimes, the things that made you fall in love with them in the first place would come back only for it to hit you hard enough that because of the years in between and how you grew in different directions, everything you're feeling is a mere memory.

All of this events happens in everyday life. The author captured that idea and put it in writing as short stories. I think it was a great idea. The readers could get hooked and it could also be a cliffhanger in that short amount of time. Although there were times where I was confused with the plot because of the amount of slang words used: not that I don't understand them, but because it made it feel out of the place. Among the short stories, what I really liked is: Triangular truth and Felt like you held me.

Till the next read...

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