Book Review: Betty by Tiffany McDaniel

A girl comes of age against the knife. She must learn to bear its blade. To be cut. To bleed. To scar over and still, somehow, be beautiful and with good enough knees to take the sponge to the kitchen floor every Saturday. You’re either lost or you’re found.”

Betty ~Tiffany McDaniel

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Betty by Tiffany McDaniel

4.5/5 Stars

Wow. This book is both painfully hard and utterly heartbreaking, as well as a powerfully beautiful work of literature. It goes without saying, that this book broke my heart. I think what made it more hard to digest, was knowing this book was based on the author’s mother, Betty’s life.

Betty is a young girl’s coming-of-age story, set in a small rural town in Ohio, by the Appalachian mountains. Inquisitive and intuitive, Betty tells her story in a clear and honest way, without sugar coating her narrative. She tells of the racism she experiences from her classmates because of her Cherokee heritage, and also records the actions taken by and done against her family members, which would inevitably affect the whole family.

This book is real and painfully raw, as well as having beautiful parts in it, and one of my favourite of these was the heartwarming presence of her father. Like Betty, he is a storyteller, and I loved having his stories incorporated into the narrative. He’s a big part of the story, and loved his endearing and vibrant persona.

TW: This book contains some very disturbing scenes and there are a lot of trigger warnings

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