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I absolutely loved this book. Amazing. Truly amazing. This is a perfect example of a character changing and maturing throughout a novel. At the end, Shelly is a completely different person from who she was in the beginning, sneaking up on her deaf brother and saying mean things he can't hear.
I love how complex the story is, focusing on various relationships and storylines. It is still easy to follow, but complex enough to make it really interesting.
One of my favorite elements was how seamlessly Schachter works in various aspects of Deaf culture and etiquette when talking to people who are deaf or hard of hearing (looking at the person signing instead of the person interpreting). Schachter founds ways to effortlessly put these things into the story so it educated the reader without making them feel like someone was ranting at them.
I also really liked the focus on talking things out and sharing feeling, especially among the male characters. I love how open Ian became about the things that upset him and how he is able to talk through them with Shelly.
This is a truly fantastic book. I loved every page of it. I cannot recommend this book enough.
Schachter put a lot into this novel and it really shows. You can feel her on each page and it is an amazing experience.
I Picked Up This Book Because: I like Tyler Perry. I am endlessly curious about the life journeys of others so why not read this.
Part memoir, part inspiration, part spiritual study guide. Tyler shares his story largely using the metaphor of a tree. He speaks of his roots, his branches and leaves. He speaks of his tough life growing, his close relationship with his mother and Aunt Mae. He seeks to tell these stories not solely for entertainment but so others can understand that you can not let your past direct your future. Life is a series of moments to grow and he offers tools in the form of bible verse to help facilitate that growth.
I listened to this in audiobook form but I think I would suggest it in paper form. There are several passages that are given that I would want to reflect on, study, do and then come back a reread the passage.
Overall I found the book interesting however I did find my thoughts drifting every now and again.
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