I finished this over vacation and loved it. It definitely isn’t a typical “beach read,” but rather it’s a refreshingly real read (mmm… alliteration). And I don’t mean that in a factual way. The book is loosely based on the events in Laura Bush’s life, and I have no idea how much factual truth there is to it. But the main character, Alice Blackwell, has such a sincere quality to her voice. I enjoyed reading the story of Alice’s life, but my favorite parts were less about the events in her life and more about how she made big decisions. The book becomes less about her life and more about bigger things, like how and when to stand up for what you believe in, and the things you sacrifice in a relationship. Reading this made me question how I voice my opinions and left me with a profound sense of tolerance towards people with beliefs that differ from mine. This was definitely a book that expanded my horizons in a good way.
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