Born Savage

Tale of the FatKat

Non-Fiction - Military
285 Pages
Reviewed on 03/30/2024
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Reviewed by Foluso Falaye for Readers' Favorite

Born Savage: Tale of the FatKat is a deeply compelling and poignant memoir about Rey G's difficult childhood and his experience of abuse and neglect at a young age. As a child, Rey watched his parents struggle with a chaotic marriage. He recalls trying to get his father to stop abusing his mom and witnessing his father's drinking problem. Before his teenage days, Rey already had his fair share of abusive moments. When a step-father came into the picture, Rey became the subject of abuse and developed a volatile personality that landed him in trouble multiple times. Rey also recalls his family's battle with illness, a disturbing introduction to sex at a young age, and his struggle with not feeling welcome in his home. Rey's memoir is a remarkable example of how your actions and perspective usually spring from your childhood and early influences.

Rey G is a brilliant, introspective writer. Readers who appreciate thoughtfully crafted memoirs will love the lyrical expressions that smartly capture his childhood trauma and its lingering effects in later years. Readers will also appreciate poetic, bookmark-worthy lines. Prepare to meet several unique and memorable characters, including a mother who was the life of the party and a former marine with an egoistic personality. I enjoyed seeing these intriguing characters through the author's immersive first-person viewpoint. All in all, Born Savage is a perfect blend of evocative themes and compelling storytelling that engenders deep compassion for abuse victims. It showed me that life is an intricate web of cause and effect, and years of unfortunate events and neglect usually leave ugly scars.