She Made It Matter


Fiction - Womens
323 Pages
Reviewed on 10/19/2020
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Author Biography

Chiara Talluto, is known as the Master Storyteller in her household. She has a passion for writing about people who struggle with decisions and conflicts that arise in their lives.

Currently, Chiara is hard at work penning other stories. When she’s not writing, she is either reading, writing in her journal or playing mommy with her two daughters. Her motto is Live, laugh and cry. To learn more about Chiara and her published works, visit www.chiaratalluto.com.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers' Favorite

In life, we are dealt things and experiences that in turn shape us and make us into who and what we are. In Amanda's life, she allowed her mother turning into a drunk when her father died to cause anger in her, and she refused to ever forgive her mother. When her older brother, who had always taken care of her, died of leukemia, she allowed her grief to take over and encourage her sense of abandonment. Even after finding and marrying a wonderful man and having two beautiful daughters, she still turned to alcohol to cope with the world. A short sober stint only proved that there were deeper issues that she needed to deal with. She Made It Matter is the title of the book, taken from the last words that Joshua ever said to his sister, Amanda. It took her a lot of searching and travel to discover that she was worthy of life, love, and mattering to people. Author Chiara Talluto gives the reader a realistic tale of someone searching for a purpose, for validation that they mean something, that they are worth more than just being left or abandoned.

She Made It Matter by Chiara Talluto is a well-written tale of the past and present, of what was going on that made Amanda turn to alcohol and feel worthless, and why she is searching for resolve and to be better. In the past, the reader can see hints of themselves and people they know, they find something to take away from the story that makes them pause and think about their own life. Author Chiara Talluto paints a wonderful picture with her words and challenges readers as they enjoy the book. I can think of four people to pass it on to, and I am sure all of them will get something completely different from this book. I recommend mostly adult reading because there are adult themes, but in this day and age there are a number of teenagers dealing with these same issues.

K.C. Finn

She Made It Matter is a work of fiction aimed at female readers with plenty of emotional quality and heart and was penned by author Chiara Talluto. Written for readers of all sensitivities due to very low levels of graphic content, this accessible and enjoyable story still tackles the difficult subjects of family abandonment, alcohol abuse, and food dependencies. Our central character is Amanda Reynolds, who appears to have an idyllic life on the surface, but is still struggling with compulsion and addiction caused by the trauma of her past. What results is a work that takes us on a journey of intense recovery and explores self-worth from an eye-opening and personal perspective.

Author Chiara Talluto works wonders in this relatively short but totally jam-packed work, which transcends the boundaries of women’s fiction or inspirational fiction and gives a fully-rounded and highly realistic literary drama. The psychological arc for central protagonist Amanda is well-paced and cleverly thought-out as the story progresses, giving the reader many different facets of her psyche and her behaviors to explore as she too learns to recognize them. The work on addiction is heart-breakingly accurate, delivering a realistic emotional quality which both endears Amanda to us as a character and also teaches important real life lessons about the judgments we often place on people who are alcohol dependent. Overall, She Made It Matter is an inspirational work of fiction that comes highly recommended for readers seeking accurate emotional content and realistic personal drama.