Have you ever felt you don’t belong here? That maybe you were sent to the wrong place? Have terrible people happened to you, in a seemingly endless parade of pain and bewilderment? Do you long to make sense of it all?
You are not alone.
This is a survival story of how one soul lived through years of abuse. Discarded and betrayed, her fierce determination and dauntless introspection helped her discover the quiet, small voice inside that grew into a powerhouse of self realization.
She could heal herself.
Waking Up Human: A Survivor’s Guide is a sometimes raw, quite often hilarious real-life experience. In a no-holds-barred, down-to-the-nitty-gritty monologue, Susan Aranda reveals how her day-to-day struggles caring for a dying and unappreciative father shed light on her life-long affliction with abusive partners. The experience ultimately frees her heart to celebrate the Divine Guidance in which she always secretly believed. Her hard-won wisdom provides others the courage and conviction to successfully navigate the complete voyage of being human.
Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 10 out of 10
Character/Execution: 10 out of 10
Overall: 9.75 out of 10
Plot: This memoir is well structured and full of tension, which moves the story along at a quick pace that will have readers turning pages.
Prose: This prose has it all: intensity, wit, intelligence, and what is often unique phrasing. Outstanding!
Originality: Memoirs about abuse and caregiving are common, but this one is different, unapologetic, thorough, and sassy.
Character Development: The characterization of the protagonist is perfect. Additional characters are also extremely well rendered.
Date Submitted: April 23, 2018