Thursday, February 24, 2011

No Longer Daddy's Little Girl by Aarica J. Blackett

This book was written for young girls who have grown up in households without fathers. The author is trying to give advice to girls like these on how to move on and grow to be stronger from a situation like this instead of succumbing to the statistics that girls without fathers will not live good lives. By sharing her own personal experiences, and the experiences of other girls, Aarica J. Black aims to show these girls that they are not alone. Instead of letting the experience take over your life, she tries to show you how to find hope and be a better person despite having an absent father. This book teaches young women how to move on in life, and overcome the odds.

I picked this book up expecting a thick self-help book, and got a maybe 50-page memoir. The author's purpose was to tell girls without fathers how to move on and be better people, but I don't think she did that effectively. The book is filled with anecdotes from her life and the lives of others, and not much else. I was disappointed. I also expected this book to be aimed at a broad spectrum of girls in varying situations, but it focused mainly on black girls in divorced families. There isn't a problem with this, except that the summary doesn't tell you that it's focused on black families and divorce. I think she focused more on stories from other girls rather than telling you how to move on, and that is where her book fails to help. If she had added more advice, rather than stories, and maybe comments from psychologists, or any comments from professionals, it would have been a better book.

Overall, I give this book a 5/10 and recommend it for ages 10 and up.

Reviewer Age:15

Reviewer City, State and Country: Sykesville, MD United States