One of Everything by Donna Carol Voss


Is It Possible to OD on Life?

The recipe for happily-ever-after? Start with one middle-class white girl in 1976. Add in her longing for love and acceptance, another middle-class white girl, a huge dollop of gossip, and excruciating peer and family pressure. Stir in youthful travel abroad, a Berkeley education, and a foray into paganism, drugs, marriage, and divorce. Whip until frothy with interracial and bisexual affairs, relationship violence, and exploration of multicultural mores. Season with salsa dancing. Temper with a segue into Mormonism. Decorate with a Temple wedding and garnish with motherhood to three adopted siblings. And what you have is a memoir capable of sating anyone’s need for a great read.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a very courageous memoir that does not hold back from telling the truth about the author’s life. She writes with a strong voice and gives her audience the kind of audience that one hopes for when they pick up a memoir.

We all have struggles in our lives at some point, some more so than others, and I applaud Donna Carol Voss for using her own experiences to help others that may be experiencing some of the same things.

She writes about a lot of different topics, some very personal, some not as much, but each one of them is interesting in a different way. The author had a lot of unique experiences when she was younger and travelled a long road to come to the realisation of her true faith and what she was meant to do with her life.

From her early life and questions of her sexual orientation to her feelings about motherhood and the relationship with her own mum, she covers a lot of ground in this book.

If you enjoy memoirs and are looking for something good to read, this is a book that I think you will enjoy. Open, honest and helpful.

This review is based on a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own.


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