Letters to Young Chong

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Melanie Moore was a rambunctious, over the top teenager. That trait stayed with her well into her adult life. That, along with the antics involved, is what kept me reading, I think.

I have to say that I’m not much of a non-fiction reader, but when Miss Moore contacted me for a review, I couldn’t say no. Her story was just so  intriguing. With that said, I shall continue with the review…

Now, I have to admit to some disappointment (to some degree). I expected a lot more story here. I expected there to be more. I know she plans a continuation of this book, so perhaps I will be satisfied.  However, within this book, she did a lot of a hem-hawing around. A lot of descriptions and setting up scenes to each little story. Which worked good for her style, but for me I felt like she was leading up to something big and then left me hanging at the end with questions only she can answer.  None of which I will post here because of spoilers.

What is supposed to be a story of how two completely different people who wanted nothing to do with each other in the beginning but end up the best of friends, became more of a look into one’s diary. Again, I’m  not traditionally a non-fiction—albeit memoir—reader. I don’t have the expertise or know-how to this sort of thing.

But that’s the thing.

We saw the good, the bad, the ugly, and quite a bit of everything in between. It gives you a glimpse into a world into a woman’s life centered around her best friend, the dark spots they pulled each other through, and yes…even a man by the name of Young Chong. Not sure if there were actual letters to him, but you’ll have to see who he is yourself.

At times I forgot this was a memoir, and the events had actually happened. Stranger than fiction is what this book is. But more importantly, this woman has seen some pretty dark times. She pulled through, and nothing short of heroically  If anything, this is a story of one woman’s strength, her ability to let go, and learning to keep moving forward.  She never backed down from what she wanted.  A headstrong woman with amazing strength and will power. Not to mention, talented.

I found myself surprised when I read the words “The End”. I admit, some points slowed the story down, but more often than not, I kept turning the pages, seeking out more. Even when I was appalled by some of the behavior—no, I’m not naive. Just trust me on this one.

Therefore, I give my recommendations for this book. If you are a memoir or just like stories as what I have listed above, then do yourself a favor and give this one a try.

This review will appear on other sites such as, Goodreads, Amazon, and/or Smashwords.

*NOTE: A copy of this book was given in exchange for an honest review. Cover image was given by author*

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