Compared To What

Fiction - Social Issues
216 Pages
Reviewed on 08/13/2019
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Author Biography

Sabin Prentis is a husband, father, educator, native Detroiter, and creator of Literary Soul Food. He holds Doctorate and Educational Specialist degrees from Eastern Michigan University and Masters and Bachelor degrees from Hampton University.

Compared To What is dedicated to my late mother and countless women who have sacrificed personally and professionally. The main character is maligned for serving students and the novel captures her process of working through that adversity.

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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite

Compared to What by Sabin Prentis follows the story of Elaine Robeson, a school principal who has been accused of misappropriating funds in her school. Set in Detroit, the work focuses on the accusations against Elaine alongside Richard Gilliam, the New Way Charter Schools’ Chief Financial Officer. While it is apparent that Gilliam is the obvious culprit in the scandal, Elaine is dragged down with him. She is distraught and upset that all her years of sacrifice and service have culminated in the dishonoring of her name and family. With the support of her friends and family, Elaine prepares to face the board that will determine her innocence. She has to balance this with her role as a mother, a friend, and a spouse.

The events in Elaine’s current life are interspersed with her love story of how she met her husband. The inclusion of these past events breaks the monotony of narrating only one storyline. The work is further enhanced by a realistic set of characters who experience ups and downs. Elaine’s life is not perfect. She has to stand alongside her children and guide them through the mistakes they make. Other characters too have their own challenges. The work does a great job of clearly defining the protagonists and the antagonists in the story so that it is easy to follow the events in the book. Compared to What by Sabin Prentis is a poignant read that explores themes of corruption, family relationships, friendships and service to the community. Even after reading is completed, Elaine’s story continues to reverberate.

Tiffany Hall

Page-turning goodness. I laughed and cried while reading. The characters were so relevant and relatable. Elaine’s character makes me think about the the woman I strive to be professionally and personally. The balance she has for love of self, family, and career is well crafted in this story. Elaine’s character displays how to stay graceful under extreme fire and persecution. I highly recommend this novel Compared to What; for your entertainment and your personal growth. I believe that to be one of the many gifts of the author Sabin Prentis, personal growth and development thought his depiction of the characters in his Novels.