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Reviewed by Keith Mbuya for Readers' Favorite
Growing up is supposed to be a memorable journey for everyone. It is the stage where most people learn how to love, develop their personalities, and embrace their identities. But as many people realize over time, the reality is often disappointing. Unfortunately for some people, this is usually the time they are exposed to toxic and unhealthy relationships. They are manipulated and used, especially those born with a “big heart”. They are questioned about their unique personalities when instead they should be helped to understand and embrace themselves. This affects how they see things and make choices later in life. It is not their fault, but that’s just how the universe works. You can’t change that fact about the world, except there is one thing you can change. Get yourself Maanarak of Grey’s A Tale of Her and learn what exactly it is that you can change and its wonderful impact on your life.
In a succinct and fast read, Maanarak of Grey comprehensively and uniquely addresses a subject that would rather demand ten times the size of A Tale of Her. She blends her poetry and narrative impressively; they both reinforce each other as well as the message. Her choice of words accompanies the reading experience with a pleasant casual tone. This coupled with the use of the second person perspective made it feel like Maanarak of Grey was seated beside me telling me her story. Her words are remarkably sentimental; she did reach my emotions and I felt the pain in her narration. I could feel the impact of her internal conflicts and I deeply understood how it felt to be in her position.
Her story is empowering and serves as an eye-opener. People should accept themselves and learn to love themselves. The artistic picturesque representations of her conclusive thoughts after every main idea in her four chapters were very relevant and they beautifully added color to the book. A Tale of Her is a magnificent piece of work. People who are healing from any type of relationship, those undergoing identity crises, and every other person out there should consider A Tale of Her a must-read. I loved the book.