[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk through life in someone else’s shoes?
Strong-willed tomboy Harley LeBeau puts you in the boots her mother gave her, as she takes you along her journey of escape from an abusive childhood and the desire to find herself as she comes of age. Made to feel a burden to her father simply by her gender, Harley is determined to prove her worth and independence, leaving the small town she grew up in and the one boy who gave her a soft place to fall, Jeremiah Johnson. Torn between saving herself and abandoning her mother and younger sister, Harley chooses her own life in hopes they will choose theirs, too.
A mature, candid read for everyone. A must for women. The Boots My Mother Gave Me explores the dynamics of abuse and dysfunction, the courage to overcome, the strength in sisterhood, and the ongoing conflict and unconditional love between mothers and daughters.
Climb into Charlene the Chevelle for a fast-paced story about a girl who is tough enough to survive and tender enough to learn to trust in love.[/quote]
I have tried to write this review numerous times; spent literal hours contemplating the right adjectives to use to describe its brilliance. Absolutely nothing I can come up with does this book justice. The Boots My Mother Gave Me is just flat out incredible! Every once in a great while, if you’re lucky, you find a book that really speaks to you. One that you measure all others against. For me, The Boots My Mother Gave Me is that book. If there were ever a book to give 5 stars to, THIS is the one.
[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]“People say you shouldn’t judge others until you have walked in their shoes. Here I stood, literally in my mother’s shoes. A part of me was curious how she walked through life and found herself in the present. The other part remained frightened, should I ever find myself on the same path.”[/quote]
Harley LeBeau is a strong willed, independent, free spirited tomboy. We first meet Harley her senior year of high school and follow her on a journey of self-discovery spanning over 10 years. She’s determined to shake the dust of Georgia, Pennsylvania off her boots and make a life for herself. A life away from her abusive father and co-dependent mother. In order to do that she has to walk away from her little sister, Kat and her lifelong best friend, Jeremiah Johnson.
Armed with a guitar, her mother’s boots and Charlene the Chevelle, Harley starts out on the open road. Her path is riddled with challenges. Every few years Harley seems to be lead back home to “clean up” a mess of some kind or another. Always searching for the one thing she excels at, Harley spends a good deal of time running. Running from her family, from love, from her past. No matter how hard or long you run, eventually everything catches up with you.
[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]“An amateur model, an amateur songwriter, and now, an amateur actor, would I ever truly excel at any one thing? What was I born to do? What did I love to do? For as long as I could remember, I never had that thing, that one thing I knew I was destined to do. I wanted to do everything, at least once.”[/quote]
In this poignant coming of age novel, Brooklyn James tackles some very sensitive topics with such grace. From Harley’s abusive father to teenage pregnancy and even suicide, she approaches each subject with compassion. This is a beautifully written story which can easily move any reader.
[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]“Within each of us, there lies the innate ability to survive, triumph, and overcome, rewriting the scripts of our own lives, having some power over our fate and the fate of generations to come. Nothing has to be just because that’s the way it’s always been.”[/quote]
I cannot recommend this book enough. If there is one book you read in your life, let it be this one. I could NOT put it down. I tried. Believe me, I did. I couldn’t sleep. I had to know what would happen to Harley, to Jeremiah, to all the beautiful characters within the confines of those pages. I found myself falling asleep at midnight only to wake up at 3am NEEDING to finish the novel. I have never felt that way about a book before. I will say it once and then say it again… READ. THIS. BOOK!