Book Review: Memoirs of a Dead White Chick – Lennox Randon

51ArTzFpjKL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Memoirs of a Dead White Chick by Lennox Randon

Date released: August 11th 2015

Pages: 322

Read/listened: December 14th 2015

Format: paperback

Source: from publisher

 

Synopsis

 

 

 

It began as one of those days when I asked myself, what else could go wrong?
And then I died.


Eleanor, a harried, middle-aged White female elementary schoolteacher (and former police officer), begins her day by dying in the year 1999.

Somehow, while her essence is en route to wherever one’s essence goes upon death, she inadvertently ends up occupying the body of a 16-year-old Black male in 1858 Philadelphia.

Not only does she have to deal with the obvious gender, race, and time period changes, but she also has to figure out whether, when lives are at stake, she should interfere with history as she knows it.

My review 

 

 

Hello from the other side! I know it has been so long since I last wrote a review so let's see if I can manage it anymore! I think it has been several years and I'm so sorry for that. I guess it's just that I'm more drawn to starting a booktube channel but haven't found the courage to do that yet. Maybe someday ;)

Okay, but let's get to the review. First I want to say don't judge this book by its cover. Easier said than done, trust me, I know. I always judge books by their covers but you can't do that with every book. I'm so glad I gave this one a chance because it was really enjoyable regardless of the cover. So don't judge this by the cover!

I really enjoyed my journey with this book. The story is pretty fast-paced and the pages just flowed effortlessly. Also the writing style is really quirky and funny without being I'm-trying-so-hard-to-be-funny-you-can-totally-see-through-it. The text is pretty big so the book is really quick to read. The opening letter really impressed me. I was so intrigued! The story flowed from scene to scene nicely. The only thing I didn't really get was how some of the names of the chapters linked to the story (maybe I'm just stupid :D).

The story itself is pretty straightforward. A woman dies in 1999 and is accidentally transferred into a black teenager boy's body. The thing that makes this all even more interesting is that the boy happens to live in 1858 Philadelphia, which obviously makes matters a bit complicated. She has to deal with living in a boy's body but also with racial issues and much else. How will she manage? Let me just say that the lady is pretty sassy ;) Actually all the characters in the book are pretty likable. I couldn't really identify with any of them but it didn't really matter in the end. The author did a great job with the development of the characters and their bonds.

The only thing I was a bit disappointed in was that the issue of time travelling wasn't explored almost at all. I would have liked to know why did the body change happen in the first place. What caused it? I know the focus was more on the other things than scifi but being the nerd I am I couldn't resist wondering. Also I can't really point my finger at an excact issue but I feel that most of the events could have been explored in greater detail. That would have made the book longer which I wouldn't have minded in the least!

All in all Memoirs of a Dead White Chick was a really surprisingly entertaining read and it most definitely deserves four bunnies nibbling at the corners! I recommend it to anyone who likes historical fiction or is interested in racial issues even a little.

four bunnies

About the Author

 

 

 

Lennox Randon is a graduate of the Houston Police Academy and the University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Education. He worked as a police officer, technical writer, and teacher. Randon formed a writer’s group in 2010, where he developed his first novel, Friends Dogs Bullets Lovers, published in late 2012. When he's not reading or writing, Randon loves bowling, tennis, scuba diving, snorkeling, skiing, hiking, and just exploring nature in general. Randon currently lives in Iowa with his wife, daughter, and two unwelcome hairy interlopers of the feline variety. Randon’s new book, Memoirs of a Dead White Chick, is available now in paperback and e-book.  As of this writing, Randon is living with terminal metastatic gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) cancer and counts every new day a bonus.

Check out Randon’s website, including music, photos, and a blog, at www.LennoxRandon.com

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