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Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite
Never Again…No More tells the story of four friends and the struggles they endure as single parents. But these women aren’t just single parents as they also have the distinction of being teen parents, which makes life infinitely more difficult. It would be easy to judge the decisions they make, and author Untamed does a fantastic job of showing the unvarnished truth of girls in their situations, but it would be unnecessary. What makes this story so compelling is that they make decisions — good or bad — and have to live with and recover from them. Trinity, Lucinda, Charice and LaMeka fell into the same trap millions of teenage girls do; falling in love with the wrong boy. They, however, all had children far too young with the wrong boys and later, the wrong men.
I loved that Untamed did not portray all the male characters as ‘no good’ and in fact showcased that some men, like Deron, were actually solid fathers to their children, despite the relationship with the mother. One of the toughest lessons these characters have to learn is that loving the father of your children doesn’t mean a relationship is best. Watching some of the girls learn to put their children first was inspiring and a little heartbreaking because these kinds of realizations usually come after some serious truths have been discovered. Never Again…No More is a riveting tale of survival and living with the choices we make. At times the dialect was off-putting but it was so spot-on that after a chapter or so it flowed smoothly.
Although there are still some tough hurdles ahead for Trinity, Lucinda, Charice and LaMeka, they are learning from their mistakes and trying to become the best mothers circumstances will allow.