Top critical review
Horrifying story poorly written.
July 2, 2018
Eh. The golden rule of writing is "show, don't tell," and this memoir fails miserably at that task. Sure, the story was horrific enough, but the story wasn't told--the effects of it were. In some cases, this is taken so far as to have the first sentence of a paragraph tell you exactly what the rest of the paragraph is going to say, for example. She repeats over and over that her mother was horrible rather than laying out there exactly what she did (other than a few of the things her mom said to her and the place she went in Alton) in order that the reader could conclude that themselves. She talks about how she's so much of a better person than her mom--she tells us, rather than showing us.
I have no doubt about the terrible injustices committed against Bettyrose. I have no doubt that she grows and has every right to boast like she does throughout the book. But man...the lack of showing and reliance on telling made this extremely hard to read and sucked my interest right out.