Book Review: Embracing You, Embracing Me by Michelle Bellon

Book Details:

File Size: 446 KB
Print Length: 266 pages
Publisher: Fingerpress
Publication Date: May 6, 2012
Text-to-Speech: Enabled

Book Summary:

It’s the 1990s. 16-year-old Roshell McRady dances her way through High School, never quite admitting that she’s ashamed of her trailer park family home.

She listens to Madonna while wondering why girls her age swap BFFs about as often as some boys change their dirty socks; she empties enough hairspray until her bangs are feathered and vertical like a lethal weapon; and she agonizes over how to convince Gabriel Harrison, the new Mystery Guy in town, to invite her to the prom – a night which threatens to turn into a disaster.

But then life takes a dramatic turn for Roshell and her life changes forever.

A love story emerges from the anguish of Roshell’s life, and when she leaves school and finds work at a casino, things don’t get any less complicated for her – until one night a powerful dream marks out the exact path that she must take.

About the Author:

Michelle Bellon lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and their four children.

Before her writing career, she worked as a registered nurse. Since she began writing she has published four novels in various genres. She has also written articles about PTSD and is an advocate for our soldiers.

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Book Review:

Embracing You, Embracing Me is a classic coming of age story about a teenage girl set in the 90s. Rochelle’s story starts from another character’s point of view, her best friend Amber, which makes the beginning of the book a little confusing. However, once you understand the author’s unconventional technique, it’s nice to know what other characters are thinking in the moment of any given chapter’s action or crisis situation.

Some might find this type of narrative distracting, but if you give it a couple chapters, it begins to flow better for readers. In fact, you might even like the extra infused character viewpoints. Be patient with this technique because once the novel gets focused on Rochelle’s story, you’ll be glad you persevered since the author’s depiction of her characters is spot on for its time period.

Each decade in history has its own distinguishing hallmarks in terms of fashion, hairstyles, music, cars and so on. The author does a fine job of transporting readers to that era and depicting the Generation X teen and eventual young adult population. Rochelle and her friends move from high school to college and adulthood with very realistic highs and lows and with all the corresponding frustrations that come with mature adult decisions.

The book takes on some tricky subject matter for young women regarding date rape that readers could find somewhat trivialized. After reflecting on this portion of the book in context of the greater story, the author probably got the character’s behavior right. It’s a painfully sad, yet realistic situation a lot of teenage girls and young women find themselves in and choose to remain silent about.

Rochelle is both a likable and troublesome protagonist which probably helps in her believability. She has a knack for wanting, getting, and then pushing away the object of her desire.

In some respects you could encapsulate this story as girl meets boy, girl likes boy, girl won’t open up to boy, girl has major commitment issues with boy so she moves and ends up in short term marriage with another boy resulting in a baby of her own.

Funny thing about having kids—they make you grow up real fast. This is where the story gets more interesting with emotional twists and turns most readers can relate to.

Embracing You, Embracing Me is a good book that many female readers may see as a mirror for their own personal development. Rochelle’s journey isn’t about the friends she has, the men she loves, or overcoming her lower income upbringing. The novel’s title is the giveaway. It’s about coming to know, love and finally accepting yourself.

This book was reviewed as part of the Wise Bear Digital Book Awards competition. Entry fees associated with the contest are administrative in nature and do not influence our honest, unbiased book reviews.


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