Shelves: women-authors , auto-biography , read , legalese Actually - 2 and one half stars. I liked this but not wholly so. The writing was very clear, straightforward and simple, just as one would expect a good lawyer would write. The story was interesting and, I suppose if I had read Ugly, I might not be left with so many questions; or perhaps, I still would.
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Shelves: women-authors , auto-biography , read , legalese Actually - 2 and one half stars. I liked this but not wholly so. The writing was very clear, straightforward and simple, just as one would expect a good lawyer would write. The story was interesting and, I suppose if I had read Ugly, I might not be left with so many questions; or perhaps, I still would. It seems that Constance Briscoe reveals quite a lot, but actually, she reveals very little.
Particularly aggravating was Actually - 2 and one half stars. Particularly aggravating was that she never gave closure on the cosmetic surgery theme - so dominant in the first half of the book and then completely forgotten in the second. Had she come to terms with the scars? Had she decided not to go ahead? I get a sense that CB is a formidable woman, and an unforgiving one perhaps understandable with her history.
She could not be described as compassionate or warm but her story demands respect and I am left wondering how many people she hurt on her way to success. She gives you a sense of her relationship with people with whom she did not get on, but no real sense of her relationship with the people with whom she did get on, and there are clearly many. I liked how she managed to stand up after being physically and emotionally abused by her mother. As a young girl, living in a little country, with no experience outside the box yet , and challenged nothing yet, Constance is really strong.
She became strong throughout her College Life--and beyond to that as well. I rated her book three stars, I admired her consistency in her career, but her mind is negatively lead sometimes. I think, she was not happy after the cosmetic surgery. But other than that, she is determined with what she really wanted, and in the end, she had taken complex cases such as rape, child abuse, and murder.
Reflection: Personally, her life pushed me to challenge myself. I dare myself to take opportunities and career chances for my profession growth and experience. I believe through God I can make it happen. Her setbacks and mindset is also the means of her perseverance. It challenge me to use my weakness as an opportunity to be strong while taking every opening. I was not impressed by the plastic surgery but I also sympathised with Constance.
Sometimes we may tend to think that we have lead loveless childhoods in whatever ways and through whatever experiences, but her story has opened by eyes and made me overwhelmingly grateful. I like that she stayed focused and accomplished her dream despite the obstacles in her way. We really have no excuse and it goes to show that where and how you start is not I read this immediately after reading "Ugly". We really have no excuse and it goes to show that where and how you start is not essential.
But such is the toxicity of this daughter-mother relationship that not once did she acknowledge Carmen Briscoe-Mitchell, Neither did her mother attempt to speak to her. Briscoe was "a liar and a fantasist" her mother had then argued. But she lost, and is now bankrupted as a result, she said.
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