Sunday, March 8, 2015

ARC Review: Discovering Wes Moore by Wes Moore

Title: Discovering Wes Moore by Wes Moore
Publisher: Ember
Release Date: September 10th, 2013
Genres: Nonfiction, Biography
Medium: ARC Paperback, Received for Review

Discovering Wes Moore is an educational and interesting read that dives deep into the author's life. It's a riveting look into life on the streets, African American discrimination, and how people can rise above their situation.

This novel had a great plot. It had several themes that flowed together perfectly, including discrimination, the apartheid in South Africa, life on the streets, drugs, military school, men in service, and people not letting their situation define them and their life. Unfortunately, at the end, the author compares another man (who shares his name) to his own life. Their lives are completely different and as the author delves into his doppelganger's life story, he begins to wonder what made their paths diverge in such completely different directions. It is a very interesting concept that I believe he explored well and it was quite nice.

The writing was sufficient enough. Not to say it was bad, just that it could have been better. It lacked the "ompf" I needed to thoroughly enjoy it. It just seemed lacking. And this one dimensional writing made the novel feel boring at times, which affected my overall experience. 

This novel has a great story and really talks about some pressing themes that were just as pressing years ago as they are now. It's a wonderful story that people of all ages and all backgrounds should experience.

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