My Side of the Story

Poetry - General
132 Pages
Reviewed on 06/20/2011
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Author Biography

As a child, Charron always relied on her pencil and notebook as a way of releasing her happiest moments, deepest secrets, and hidden desires without fearing judgment. Her diary entries soon became poetic pieces she later performed. She also entered her works into many poetry contests. However, it wasn't until the age 11, in which Charron made her first poetic debut at the United Negro College Fund's Awards Banquet; where she performed her award-winning poem ALONE.

When she connected with 912 James Street Production from Douglasville, Georgia, her words were finally recognized and heard. Under that independent label, she wrote soulful ballads such as Better with Me, Lonely Days and Just Friends. In 2010, she connected with ML the Truth of 100 Drums Productions, LLC and wrote some of her favorite ballads, "I Apologize" and "Commitment", which are on his new CD entitled "The Truth". With a new career as a lyricist, Charron still felt her words still fell deaf to many, so she decided to take another avenue to get the results she wanted. In October of 2010, she networked with Londa B. of Purposeful Publishing and Media Services and decided to publish her thoughts, feelings, and emotions in her book entitled, "My Side of the Story". This book is not just her testimony, but it is her own advice manual for all.

harron's colorful background also includes being a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Order of Eastern Star, Ruth Chapter #66 PHA,

    Book Review

Reviewed by Karen Pirnot for Readers' Favorite

My Side of the Story by Charron Monaye is a wonderful collection of poems which should appeal to women of any age. The poetry is divided into sections including Love Is All We Need, Experience Is the Best Teacher, The Dream Must Continue, Heartbreak Is a Bitter Pill to Swallow, Nobody Can Love You Like Family, I'm Moving On With or Without You and How I Made It Through.

Each of the sections emotionally takes the reader into common life experiences in which one dares to love, dares to be hurt and then, dares to love and trust again. The experiences and emotions cross culture, race and religion and are common to any woman who wants to fully engage in life.

The poetry is lyrical and, for the most part, positive. It focuses on the strengths common to all women, and it allows for weak moments without chastisement or ridicule. The author encourages women to release the burdens they have taken on for themselves and others and to love the self first so that others may be the recipient of the wealth of goodness women have to offer.

Women who have a difficult time conceptualizing experiences cognitively, as well as those who resist accepting the pain of emotional hurt, will be drawn to these poems. They are written in prose form as if the author is communicating one-to-one with the reader. The book is one which may encourage women to heal after hurt and to dare to go after love and fulfillment.