on Oct. 27, 2013 :
Her story is courageous, more so because of her bravery to tell her story openly. The contents of this autobiography are touching and worth a read. She shows that the journey to finding yourself is tough but that in the end it can all be worth it.
I had a hard time reading this not due to the content but the presentation. Other biographies or autobiographies I have read (both by celebrities and non-celebrities) tell their tales in such a way that it grabs the readers attention and causes them to be enthralled in their life. Sadly I was not and had a hard time keeping my concentration. The content kept me going because I still wanted to know about her life but I was happy it was a short 44 pages.
So if you have a shorter attention span or a mind prone to wandering (like mine) this is not going to be an easy read for you. If you can handle autobiographies written as more of a personal journal (though lacking in real depth of emotion) then you'll enjoy this.
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(reviewed 38 days after purchase)
on Oct. 23, 2013 :
I really enjoyed this book by Christine Rice. It's a short autobiography of the author's life from infancy up to age 28. I found Parts 1 & 2 of the book to be especially interesting because a lot of her experiences reminded me of my own life. I really love when you read a book, autobiography or otherwise, and can truly identify with the characters in some way. I recommend reading this because it's a really great testament to how a person can still find happiness and purpose despite the trials they may have faced in life.
(reviewed 35 days after purchase)
on Oct. 1, 2013 :
This book grips readers from the beginning. The early years of author Christine Rice were not easy. It seemed like every time things started to go her way, she would hit a wall and eventually rock bottom. Christine is very brave to describe her trials in such detail. It can be difficult to rehash the past but is also helpful in the healing process. I commend this author for opening up and sharing her struggles. This story is sure to inspire others that they can rise above and become the person they were meant to be.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)
on Sep. 11, 2013 :
This autobiography author Christine Rice has compiled will come full circle from innocence to broken, guilty to more guilty, all the way from rock bottom to today, victorious and fulfilling her heart's desire. It's a complicated circle indeed but not so uncommon to many that we unknowingly brush circles with on a regular basis. My Not-So-Ordinary Life is a fitting title of a confused child in search of identity, unconditional love and a resolve to find solutions to the millions of questions racing in her mind.
As she traces her life up to age 28, perhaps you too, like myself, will wonder how so much could be packed in such a short time. Her parents divorce would not just inevitably bounce her from place to place but that unsettled early life would emerge in her a rebellious teenager that would trek a fine line between sanity and mental collapse. Her journey is a must read because it opens one's eyes into better understanding the importance of a stable foundation. It also presents the reality that dreams and the will to succeed are ingredients of the human soul that will stare disappointment in the face and emerge victorious.
This isn't just her life- it may reflect a part of you or someone you know. Her daring feat of publishing this gives voice to sufferers today that there is a better tomorrow. As you trace her life from a high school dropout and drug abuser to a 4.0 GPA college degree with much in between, it will leave you refreshingly amazed.
What Rice has become today and what will greatly reflect her writing tomorrow, is all that encompassed her experiences. She is a published author of 4 books with two on the way. Additionally she offers publishing services in writing, editing, and formatting to name a few. I am convinced she is here to remain strong and perhaps hold up a feeble hand as needed. Our of the pit of despair she emerged with newfound hope. This page turning memoir is a book I recommend highly.
(reviewed the day of purchase)