Happiness is a Choice, Revised Edition

Non-Fiction - Autobiography
226 Pages
Reviewed on 09/30/2015
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Reviewed by Fiza Pathan for Readers' Favorite

Thriver by Tori Kinsey is a heart-breaking autobiography of a woman from Spain who moves to another country to follow her dreams, but in the end undergoes trauma and rejection through the various relationships she has with the men in her life. Kinsey, through Thriver, shows us how foolish at times one can become where love is concerned and, sometimes, how we are broken several times throughout our lifetime, only to rise up and fight again. Kinsey in Thriver fights through the painful relationships with Adam, David and finally Peter, who not only abuses her but also her three children Hannah, Jayden and Emma. This is a story also about a mother’s love for her children, even in the face of breast cancer. Kinsey’s story is not hers alone but that of several women whose love and emotions have been abused time and time again. Although the autobiography ends with the reader being shocked and scandalized by the lack of understanding of the Justice system, we realize that Kinsey’s story has happened before…and can happen again.

Thriver is narrated very beautifully with a lot of emotion that suits a book of this nature. There is never a tiring moment when a reader scans through the troubled life of Kinsey. Kinsey has a unique style of telling her story which is mesmerizing as well as educative, not only for the brain but for the heart. The title of the autobiography, Thriver: Happiness is a Choice, is most aptly chosen for isn’t it true that we call the shots and make our lives either a heaven of bliss or a nightmare. Social themes such as drug addiction, parenting, sexual abuse, alcoholism, poverty, health issues etc., have been dealt with very well in a matter of fact tone by Kinsey, which makes this book a good read for social workers and sociologists. My best wishes to Kinsey and her beautiful book, Thriver.