Book Review: Monkeys and the Chair by Renee Oppenheim Peacock
I had glanced at one or two reviews before deciding to read this title, and was excited about the potential of the subject matter, especially considering my closeness to several friends who have children with cerebral palsy. However, I thought the writing could have used some better focus throughout to help bring all components together. It read more like a series of stories, and it seemed obvious to me that the author is lacking experience as a writer. I found myself skimming through some parts rather than my typical “slowly savoring every word” – This book did not call out to be savored. There is potential, with some further editing. That being said, I will say (speaking from experience) authoring a book is tremendously difficult – especially when telling one’s own story. I am doing my best to provide a fair review and do not want to come off as being negative, however, this book did not live up to my expectations upon reading those initial positive reviews which caused me to request this title.
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