Hydeia Price, a young girl with low self-esteem and no parental guidance is mistreated, neglected, and abused by the hands of her drug addicted mother Sharon. Although her journey of life experiences become tiresome Hydeia is determined to fight for her strength, dignity, and respect. Through prayer and with the help of friends and loved ones, over the years she learns to understand and appreciate her worth. When someone from her past suddenly reemerges her whole world changes and things will never be the same, which forces Hydeia to make some life changing decisions. Will she forgive her mother for the abuse or is she determined to even the score?
“This Thing Called Life was an enlightening experience!”
Five Star Review on Amazon By Nesly Clerge
Author Ashshajuanna has a great story to tell. I rated the book 4.5 stars and rounded it to 5 stars! This is definitely a tear- jerking type of story. Some titles are metaphorically created, but in this case the title is an accurate representation of the actual story. The main character is Hydeia, and this mere child had to deal with situations that we couldn’t even imagine. At such an early age, her innocence was ripped away from her as a result of her mother Sharon, a self-centered, callous, heartless drug addict. Her father was not in her life—at least not initially; fortunately for Hydeia, she was surrounded by compassionate and thoughtful people like Marcus, Zelil, Skye, and eventually Julian her father. All Hydeia desired was her mother’s love, but her mother’s drug-seeking and malicious behavior destroyed that relationship. Hydeia matured rather quickly since she had to provide for herself. On several occasions she had to deal with her mother’s constant and frequent encounter with strange men, a life of squalor, verbal abuse, physical assault, and the psychological degradation that comes with such a life.
The story is plausible, and while we take the people in our lives for granted, the narrative points out why we should be grateful for the people that care and love us. The story is a realistic passage into the lives of the less fortunate. This is a young girl that had to deal with being raped by her mother’s boyfriend/drug dealer. There are several scenes in the book that will lacerate, tear, and yank your heart away. Here’s one of the many examples:
“She’d enjoyed her daily showers in a clean tub and loved the feeling of the plush cotton towel which dried her smooth paper-brown skin. She had a brand new electric toothbrush which Skye provided and Zelil’s bed was like sleeping on a cloud compared to that dirty old mattress that rested on her bedroom floor at home. She wore zelil’s clothes and was happy to go to school and flaunt them. For the first time, she was happy.”
I’m very thankful for the story because it provided a glimpse into reality. The fact of the matter is this: Verbal abuse and physical abuse exist, and they happen more often than we think. The content of the book is what did it for me; although, the obvious mechanics such as plot fluidity and character development were also present. This Thing Called Life was an enlightening experience!
About the Author
Ashshajuanna, pronounced Asha-wana, is a God fearing woman and a proud mother of four. Ms. Jones is a new and upcoming author who was recently signed to True Visions Publications this year (2015). She was born in San Leandro, California and raised by her mother in East Oakland, California. She relocated to Sacramento, California when she was 9 years old, where she currently resides today. When Ashshajuanna read her very first novel titled “Leslie” by Omar Tyree she fell instantly in love with the art of literature. Her father encouraged her to step outside of the box of reading and write a novel of her own. She took his advice and ran with it.
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