When the author sent me this book asking for a review last month, I was kind of excited. A memoir – my favorite. And she’s written more than one book, usually a very good sign. I’m not really sure what to say other than the only reason I kept reading this book is I was waiting for some form of redemption in it. It never happened.
The reason I’m giving this book one star is because it really is badly written. Sentences aren’t complete, the grammar is bad in places, the spelling is horrible (loose / lose and things like that were pretty prevalent). The content is kind of shambled. It’s so obviously self-edited and self-published that it hurts. It’s really a shame because there are SO many absolutely wonderful self-published titles – this just isn’t one of them.
For anyone that wants to try to wade through it… the story wasn’t worth it. There was no redemption (well, except for maybe the students) at the end. The stories are over-the-top and hard to believe. The bitterness that drips off the pages just makes me sad. What is so interesting is that I think she honestly could have been a good teacher. She seems to have good ideas, but the negativity and bitterness just overtakes the entire book. It’s really sad.
The biggest problem I had with this book is there seems to be no point to it other than to allow the author to rip apart the people in her life that seemingly gave her so many chances. There was no big “blowing open the educational system” or some inner redemption that we all crave from memoirs. It was must mean-spirited and bitter.
My husband is a new elementary school teacher and I asked him to read it after me thinking that I was missing something, but no. If possible, I think he disliked it more than I did.
I wish I had something good to say about it, the writing, lack of editing and grammar errors make this a one star book. The actual content just puts in the final nail.
For that reason, I really cannot recommend this book to anyone.
If you are looking for a great memoir by a teacher, I would highly recommend Learn Me Good by John Pearson. It’s well written and honest – with a lot of heart.Description:
‘Thirteen Years Old in the Fourth Grade’ is an autobiography detailing Faye’s experience as a beginning teacher in the public school system. She spent nearly seven years tutoring, camp counseling and finally teaching in one of the harshest urban public school districts in America. This is her ventilation and release. Brace yourself as she exposes some shocking truths and hopes to inform those who desire a position in the education field…those who truly want to be good teachers, principals and administrators.