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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
Daughter, Undefined by Jackie Ruchti is a powerful and inspirational memoir, told in a voice that is unalloyed and filled with candor. It begins with a dramatic encounter between daughter and mother. It’s the moment of truth when the mother comes to inform Jackie that she was adopted, but Jackie breaks the news to her instead, startling her mother when she says: “I’ve always known. I just knew it.” The author takes readers on her journey in search of the truth, seeking her roots, and digging deeper into the secrets of her family. It’s a painful tale of betrayal, loss, and physical abuse, but it is also a story of healing, reconciliation, and love.
Jackie Ruchti’s memoir is the story of millions of people who feel unwanted and unloved, and the author communicates this emotion with rare clarity and honesty. The author has a great gift for storytelling and, apart from exploring her emotions and journey towards the truth, she takes readers into her family background, unveiling deep levels of hate and betrayal. While this memoir is inspiring from the point of view of the message, it is the author’s ability to capture raw emotions and to pull readers into her world that drew me. The writing is awesome and the dialogues are as realistic as they are instrumental in moving the story forward. The tone is strong and the voice clear and unwavering, and the first person narrative makes the story feel intimate. Daughter, Undefined is the kind of book that leaves no reader indifferent.