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Maya's Notebook

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

Intriguing story

I bought this book last night and have read it nonstop. The story is told by Maya writing in her journal but to me it read more like a conversation with a friend telling you the story of herself and her family. I had read a review that did like the book but found Maya...
I bought this book last night and have read it nonstop. The story is told by Maya writing in her journal but to me it read more like a conversation with a friend telling you the story of herself and her family. I had read a review that did like the book but found Maya's drug and alcohol spiral a little far fetched so I was expecting doubt there as to the authenticity of a list girls story. My doubts on that account were unfounded as I found the quick downward spiral very believeable as I have been witness to such despair and redemption. Story is very well told and opened my mind to another view of the world and events I had not explored. Definitely a story of love, redemption and the way events shape a person's life, opens up thinking much deeper though than just Maya's story. The best stories don't just entertain they also bring questions and make us seek information to events we may have not previously understood or even known much about. I hope if you read this book you will also see deeper than just what happens to Maya in her story.

posted by 796650 on July 20, 2013

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27 out of 51 people found this review helpful.

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Why cant some ppl grasp the concept of the word review? They write a book report, telling everything that happens in the book, often the ending, then brag about how THEY got their book for free for their (honest) review. A review is a few lines stating if you liked it o...
Why cant some ppl grasp the concept of the word review? They write a book report, telling everything that happens in the book, often the ending, then brag about how THEY got their book for free for their (honest) review. A review is a few lines stating if you liked it or not and why. Not telling the contents of the entire book. Bn, are you ever going to do anything to these plot spoilers? They are costing yiu sales. Nobody wants to buy a book after these ppl reveal the entire storyline. They should be banned and fined.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2013

    OK

    Not the best, not the worst. Some of the transitions from past to present aren't clear.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 18, 2013

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    An interesting trip through the present day and the past of this young girl who through unfortunate events was caught in the crossfires of the authorities and the con men of Las Vegas.  Maya is a young girl who with the death of her grandfather started spiraling out of control and as the book jumps from past to present with ease.  The reader is taking the journey through the past to find out why Maya is in the current place she is in.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    Maya's Notebook

    A beautifully written tale of a girl's life from birth to age twenty. I read it hoping to find some redeming qualities in Maya, the central character. While she has some moments of looking outside herself to see the pain and coping mechanisms that others use to deal with life, her selfish focus remains firmly on herself. I don't like Maya or her kind. She is too far remmoved from everyday responsibility, wallowing in self pitty, and her remorse for wrong doing is always self-serving. This book is filled with interesting characters, and places. How they interact and relate to Maya makes for interesting reading. A glimpse into the life of a child raised without the slightest religious influence is very sad. While this very talented and capable author appears to think her readers should understand Maya's self-imposed rebellions as being inevitable, she takes the character way too deeply into her depravity. It's as rhough every evil occurance ever recorded in the drug world was participated in by the central character. The more depraved, the deeper into it Maya immerses herself. Wallowing in the filth, determined to make every poor choice when a decision must be made, the reader is expected to understand Maya as a victim. Everyone in Maya's life is subjected to her self-centeredness and callous disregard for others needs, feelings, and challenges. This author has given the reader some interesting insights into some Chilean history, worid travel, and what it means to focus on a single interest for a lifetime. By removing a love of God from each of her characters, except in the most superficial of ways, she succeeds in allowing them to live without true hope and beyond the direction of any moral compass.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2013

    Willowlepored

    I replyed back

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