Thank you, Goodreads, Flatiron Books, and Ashley C. Ford for the opportunity to read this book! This will hit shelves on June 1st!!!
Somebody’s Daughter by Ashley C. Ford is an absolutely stunning memoir. I have followed Ashley C. Ford on Twitter for a while and jumped for joy when I won her memoir on Goodreads! The book covers her life from about 2 or 3 years old to the present. She is a Black woman whose family lived in poverty, her father was in jail, and she has a difficult relationship with her mother. Her father has been in jail since she was young and only has memories of visiting him. She does not know why he is in jail but has this idyllic version of him. Through puberty, her abusive mother, and her boyfriends, she pictures her father as a loving and supportive person. Her life changes when she discovers why he is in prison.
Trigger Warnings: Rape, domestic abuse, assault
Phew. When the author speaks her truth, she does not hold back. This is raw and emotional. Ashley C. Ford opens up for all of us to see and gives us a vulnerable and insightful memoir. There are so many aspects to discuss in this memoir. First of all, there is her experience in poverty and with racism. As a Black woman, her body developed before most other girls. She is more shapely and people were sexualizing her from a very early age. This caused her to be self-conscious about her self and that did not change when she was raped by a fellow student. As a fellow victim of sexual assault, I felt so connected with the author. One’s relationships change after an experience like that. There is no right or wrong way to be a victim. When she does have a romantic relationship for the first time, where she gives consent, it is unbelievably empowering!
I could not put this book down. It is flawless and vivid. I could not recommend this book enough. 5 out 5 stars.