Book Reviews, Young Adult

Review: Three Little Words by Ashley Rhodes-Courter

It only takes three little words to break free from the past.

“Sunshine, you’re my baby, and I’m your mama.” Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent nine years of her life in fourteen different foster homes, living by those words. As her mother spirals out of control, Ashley is left clinging to the unpredictable, dissolving relationship, all the while getting pulled deeper and deeper into the foster care system.
Painful memories of being taken away from her home quickly become consumed by real-life horrors, where Ashley is juggled between case-workers, manipulative, humiliating treatment from a very abusive foster family. In this inspiring, unforgettable memoir, Ashley finds the courage to succeed–and in doing so, discovers the power of her own voice.

–book cover of Three Little Words by Ashley Rhodes-Courter

This review will be a bit different, because this book is nonfiction.

A lot of the time in my experience with reading nonfiction, the books can be dry, and the characters can be unrelatable, even though they’re real.

The author’s story is heartbreaking yet inspiring. She definitely had a hard childhood, getting passed back and forth from foster home to foster home. A lot of people have gone through similar things, but I am one who did not, which I am thankful for. I could still relate to the story. The author told it in a way that it’s like you’re living the story through her eyes, and when you are finished reading it (which I was in two days), if you’re anything like me, it’ll completely change your view on things.

The author’s writing style was great. It flowed amazingly. She went back and forth between the tough things and finding hope, making it a story that opens eyes and fills hearts.

When I first started reading this book, I assumed that the “three little words” would be, “I love you,” but they ended up being something entirely different. Something that ultimately meant more than those words.

Throughout the book you see Ashley taking an important stand: she stands up against the family that abused her so badly, even if this means seeing them face to face or bringing up what they did in court.

This author shows so much courage. She shows that no matter how rough things get, life can turn out okay. The author now goes around the country speaking to people about her experiences and spreading awareness for kids in situations like the one that she was in.

I would give this book five out of five stars and strongly suggest reading it. It has a message that I think everyone could stand to hear.

Published by Natalie Noel

Natalie Noel

Natalie Noel is a high school student who loves writing almost as much as she loves reading. She learned to read at a young age, and even before she could write she would tell stories and have her parents write down what she would say. Since then she has had two short stories published in Starsongs magazine and has read more books than she can count. Besides reading and writing Natalie enjoys music, theatre, spending time with friends, and giving her giant cat Sassy the attention she demands.

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