Reviews by Tag: autobiography

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Brain on Fire My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan

Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

By Susannah Cahalan
5
Rated by
Eva K.
Jun 14, 2022

Brain on Fire is a true story of first-hand experience of the author. The book walks us through the author's life and this condition that she developed in which her brain in a sense was on fire. The author uses very detailed descriptions to show us what her life was like while suffering through this extremely difficult time in her life. The book gives us the message that even when you are physically and mentally at your worst, never give up.

Teen Review
My Story by Lewis Hamilton

My Story

By Lewis Hamilton
5
Rated by
Eva K.
Jun 14, 2022

My Story is a phenomenally well written book. It showcases the experiences of young formula 1 driver, Lewis Hamilton. It shows everything from how he got started and all the way until the end of his first season at formula 1. I think this book is a great inspiration for people who are looking to chase their dreams, but are too scared to do so. The book truly has several inspirational moments and it keeps you motivated to read it throughout the entirety of the book.

Teen Review
The Mamba Mentality How I Play by Kobe Bryant

The Mamba Mentality: How I Play

By Kobe Bryant
5
Rated by
Nihanth D.
Jun 1, 2022

The Mamba Mentality: How I Play” is an autobiography by Kobe “The Black Mamba” Bryant, the late NBA legend who is widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time. This book takes us into the mind of Kobe Bryant and shows us how he approached certain situations. As the book goes on, Kobe’s passion and fearlessness was always bright and clear.

Teen Review
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Born a Crime

By Trevor Noah
3
Rated by
Eva K.
May 12, 2022

Born a Crime is a comical and fun read. The book is not that difficult to understand and it is educational as well as an interesting read. The main reason that I didn’t love this book was because even though the story was always interesting I felt like some parts of the book were too repetitive. There were several parts of the book where I felt that Trevor should have described what he did to reach the point of life that he is at now, instead of continuously telling us the stories of his childhood.

Teen Review
Night by Elie Wiesel

Night

By Elie Wiesel
3
Rated by
Aubrie C.
Apr 7, 2022

The story is narrated by Jewish teenager, Eliezer who lives in Sighet. Later he gets captured and taken to Auschwitz and the nightmare begins. When they arrive, he gets separated from his family and gets put to work. Auschwitz gets evacuated and he goes on a brutal death march to another concentration camp. At the new camp the same torture happens and Eliezer is trying to survive so the inhumane treatment will stop. Finally when the camp gets liberated by America, Elizer is a void and has dealt with too much for being such a young boy.

Teen Review
The Truths We Hold by Kamala Harris

The Truths We Hold

By Kamala Harris
2
Rated by
Aubrie C.
Apr 7, 2022

This book is an autobiography about Kamala Harris. The book goes into her family and her life before she was elected to be the Vice president. The reader gets insight on the struggle and the triumphs of her education and career path. It was inspiring to hear about her mother’s story about how she became a cancer researcher despite prejudice and discrimination. It dove into how Kamala Harris worked her way up into becoming the DA, then senator, then Vice President. I recommend this book to anyone who wants some insight on the Vice President, Harris.

Teen Review
Educated by Tara Westover

Educated

By Tara Westover
5
Rated by
Taylor E.
Mar 29, 2022

Tara Westover’s autobiography, Educated, details her life growing up with survivalists in rural Idaho. Westover received no formal education until she went to college and was barred from modern society, yet she managed to earn her Ph.D. in History from Cambridge. I found this novel intriguing for the most part, but some moments felt repetitive. However, I thoroughly enjoyed Westover’s display of courage, strength, and individuality; she represents how hard work and a little bit of luck can overcome all odds.

Teen Review
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Persepolis

By Marjane Satrapi
4
Rated by
Taylor E.
Feb 18, 2022

Persepolis is a graphic novel about Marjane Satrapi’s childhood during the Islamic Revolution and the Iran-Iraq war. Her home country is anything but peaceful, but Marjane navigates growing up like any other child. Her simple, innocent commentary on the changes taking place in her country serve as a good reminder that power only remains with those to whom we give it. This graphic novel was mesmerizing as it minimalized the turbulence in Iran while maximizing the emotions of a young girl during the time.

Teen Review
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

By Maya Angelou
5
Rated by
Saathwika A.
Jul 20, 2021

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is an autobiography by Maya Angelou. The story revolves around a young girl named Marguerite, who is also known as Maya Angelou, the author. Marguerite lives in Stamps, Arkansas. She is a black girl, living with her Uncle Willie and her grandmother, who she soon calls Momma. Marguerite has one brother named Bailey.

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