book reviews

Book Review: Around the Way Girl by Taraji P. Henson

Rating: 5 Stars

Genre: Memoir, Autobiography

I listened to the audiobook version of this & I loved it. Taraji was a great narrator and she kept me wanting to listen to more of the book. She was very energetic, passionate & she even add-lib where it was needed. 

This book was amazing. When i’m reading memoirs or biographies about celebrities, I don’t expect them to go down every single detail of their life. We all want to keep parts of lives private. However, I personally think she did a great job at letting us in to her world.

I felt Taraji was very open about who she was and how she became who she is today. From how she grew up, having divorced parents, witnessing the abuse in her parents marriage, seeing her mom raise her as a single mom & also seeing her dad grow up and mature from how he used to be…to talking about her one and only love of her life (Mark), their son, being a single mother herself, co-parenting & how she worked her way into Hollywood. 

Sometimes, when I’m reading biographies, they tend to be all over the place and very unorganized. I felt she did a very good job at starting from the very beginning and taking us up to the point of where she released this book. She was very honest too and even showed us that she indeed was not perfect either. It was very motivational to read about someone who came from nothing and had so many roadblocks in her life that she could have given up a long time ago, succeed how she has succeeded.

There was a lot of passion in this book and I think it is very inspirational to anyone who has ever thought about giving up on their dreams. If you decide to read this book, I highly suggest listening to the Audiobook.


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