The unforgettable, inspiring story of a teenage girl growing up in a rural Nigerian village who longs to get an education so that she can find her “louding voice” and speak up for herself, 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘎𝘪𝘳𝘭 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘓𝘰𝘶𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘝𝘰𝘪𝘤𝘦 is a simultaneously heartbreaking and triumphant tale about the power of fighting for your dreams. Despite being sold first as a child bride and then as an unpaid maid to a wealthy family in Lagos, Adunni never loses sight of her goal of escaping the life of poverty she was born into so that she can build the future she chooses for herself – and help other girls like her do the same.
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I was hooked from the very beginning of reading this book. It took me through all the emotions from inspiration to deep sadness with a few giggles thrown in. In addition, the chapters are short which does something to my brain and causes me to devour this type of writing style in a few days.
Adunni is the main character and her determination to simply get an education is heartbreaking and encouraging at the same time. Although a fiction book, 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘎𝘪𝘳𝘭 𝘞𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘓𝘰𝘶𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘝𝘰𝘪𝘤𝘦 reads like a personal narrative. The author does a phenomenal job of transporting the reader to Nigeria. I felt like I was a fly on the wall due to her vivid descriptions.
Adunni speaks broken English, which might take a few chapters to get accustomed to but it took no time at all and is a key characteristic of the story. The translations and language barriers create dialogue that had me laughing out loud. I would imagine listening to the audiobook version of this book would totally be worth it.
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