Who She Is

Who She Is

by Diane Byington


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ISBN-13: 9781948051071
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing
Publication date: 05/30/2018
Pages: 278
Sales rank: 431,172
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

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Who She Is 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
GetYaWings 15 days ago
I discovered Byington when I read Tangled Lights and Silent Nights, a super cute charity anthology. The writing was strong and the story complete, despite only being around 3500 words. I was impressed so I sought more from her. And I’m glad I did. Who She Is grabbed me early in and it wasn’t long before I found myself completely NEEDING more. The more I read on, the more addicted I became; it has some mystery to it, though it’s very obvious and very predictable, it was fun seeing it play out for the characters who didn’t see it coming. Also, what’s impressive, is despite knowing exactly how it would play out, it still got my heart racing. It’s a tough book to review though, because as good as it is now, it could be so much better with a strong content editor. In some instances, continuity is on point; in other instances, there is no continuity. Byington mostly did a good job with setting the scene, central Florida, 1960s, getting into a teenage girl’s head, demonstrating her oppressive parents from both an insider’s and some outsiders’ perspectives, and setting the continuity issues aside, the realism is pretty on point. Clearly it’s well-researched or she was around in the 1960s and has a good memory, as she uses real life events and they’re very well worked in, and pretty accurate (at least to someone who read about the events 20+ years later!). Proofing-wise, the manuscript is mostly clean, only a few distracting errors noted. I hope Byington writes more; I’d read it in a heartbeat. And, if she does, I hope this time her publisher or editing team do it justice. This is a 4-star story hidden in a 2-star production. Therefore: 3 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
BillMoninger More than 1 year ago
A superb debut novel "Who She Is" is an engrossing book -- a real page-turner. I read it in two sittings. Though the protagonist is a 16 year old girl, more than 50 years my junior, I was thoroughly drawn into her story. I well remember the years when women were not allowed to run on track teams and in the Boston Marathon--this book brought those memories back vividly, and added the moving emotional story of a young woman involved in that pioneering effort. And wrapped up with that is a gripping mystery story of Faye's life, and that of her parents. Seeing that unfold--not without considerable danger to Faye, totally hooked me. I look forward to other novels from Ms. Byington in the future. This is a great read.
Suze-Lavender More than 1 year ago
Faye's used to moving a lot. Her parents are farm workers and they go from place to place. It's 1967 and Faye is about to start over once more. Every time she has to begin at a new school. Faye loves running and would like to be part of a track team, but her school doesn't have a program for girls. There might be a solution to that problem, but Faye's parents don't approve of running. They want their daughter to go home directly after school and do chores. Faye's mother is afraid the running will trigger Faye's epilepsy and therefore she isn't allowed to exercise. However when Faye meets Francie, another fan of running, she decides she will disobey her parents' orders and give it a shot anyway. Faye would love to earn a scholarship, so she can finally be free of her oppressive home environment. Francie has a lot more freedom than Faye. Because of the strict rules at home Faye has never had any friends before, but Francie's mother makes sure Faye's parents allow their daughter some liberties. This means Faye can finally have a job and earn money. Francie would love for them to take part in the Boston Marathon. Women aren't officially allowed to run yet, but there are ways to participate. Unfortunately Faye's parents aren't happy with this plan. While Francie and Faye are training for the event of their lives Faye keeps struggling with each rule she has to follow. At the same time strange memories are coming to the surface, are they real and what do they mean? Will she stay somewhere long enough to run the marathon and get that scholarship and can Francie help Faye to find out what her parents are keeping from her? Who She Is is a great gripping story with a fabulous strong heroine. Faye is determined, brave and fierce. She works hard and fights for what she believes in. Her parents just allow her to work and go to school. She's such a sweet and loving girl and the cold atmosphere at home put tears in my eyes. Faye isn't supposed to have friends and her parents want to deny her what she loves doing the most, running. Faye doesn't give up though, she perseveres and slowly her parents are losing a bit of control over their daughter. It was fascinating to see how she becomes her own person and chooses her battles. She keeps going, even if the situation seems too daunting to continue. I admired her spirit and was incredibly curious to find out more about the strange memories she has. Diane Byington has a fantastic engaging writing style. She slowly builds up the suspense and kept me on the edge of my seat. I love how she combines Faye's passion for running with complex family relationships and intriguing secrets. I couldn't turn the pages quickly enough to find out more and love it when a story captivates me so much that I can't put it down and have to read it in one sitting. Who She Is is set in an interesting time, in 1967 women weren't allowed to officially partake in the marathon yet, but there were some very talented ones who earned to cross that finish line and reading about them was amazing. I loved how everything comes together, connections become deeper, the truth comes to light and Faye and Francie reach their full potential. Who She Is is a mesmerizing journey filled with surprises. Diane Byington has written a terrific story that I really enjoyed.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite Being a new girl in high school is hard enough, but being the new girl that arrives mid-term is even more difficult. Especially when this new girl has had many experiences as a new girl in high schools across the country. Her parents move a lot, being itinerant farm workers. And, with a drunken, drug doped father, who often gets in trouble flirting with other men’s wives, the moves are often a necessity of survival – his survival. Faye’s a strong girl, though, and when she hears about the track team looking for new runners, she immediately signs up. It doesn’t matter that it’s the 1960s and women just didn’t run in the 1960s. It doesn’t matter that her mother has convinced her that she has epilepsy and that the running might bring on another seizure. Faye loves to run. And she makes her first best friend in a long time, Francie, on the track. Francie loves to run, too, and she has big plans. Francie wants to run the Boston Marathon, even though women in the 1960s are still not allowed to register for this event. She convinces Faye to join her in the dream. But the dream becomes an obsession for Faye and, as she runs, her past starts to catch up to her and her life unravels in ways she never dreamed possible. It's not very often a book grabs me in such a way that I can’t put it down until it’s finished. I hungered to unravel Faye’s mysterious past right to the very end. Diane Byington’s novel, Who She Is, spoke to me on so many levels. The author touched on the many sensitive issues of the 1960s: Viet Nam, the death of Martin Luther King, racism in the south, women’s rights and so much more. The character she created in Faye, both a victim and a survivor, was compassionately molded into a strong, powerful young lady who developed into a woman who overcame her mysterious childhood. Most of the story centers around this teenage girl, and the story would definitely fit well into the young adult categories as well. Not only is the main character trying to unravel the mysteries of her past, she is also struggling to fit in with her contemporaries. Faye is struggling to find her own sense of identity and become her own woman. Very much a coming-of-age story. The plot is well developed with extraordinary attention to detail, set in the 1960s before the age of computers and high tech. The events that haunted Faye as a teenager are certainly possible and very believable. A powerful story from beginning to end.
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
Faye Smith and her family move around a lot. Now she is in a new school, and for once she's seen a future. She decides to join the track team, but her mother is against it because Faye has Epilepsy. She is determined to keep running. When visions occur during one of her episodes, she finds out that what she knows of her family may not be the truth. Her parents say it's just a symptom of her Epilepsy, but she isn't convinced. She knows her mother is lying, but about what? She takes it upon herself to find out the truth. She digs and the more she does, the more fact comes to light. This story was so excellent. It was a compelling story full of hope. Poor Faye has moved around so much all her life and then when memories begin to come to the surface; her whole life is turned upside down. Faye was such a strong character. Her story was a roller coaster, but she handled things like a champ. She moved forward and never let her circumstances stop that. This story was written very well. The characters were real and down to earth. Some I liked more than others, of course. The story was full of hope, but it was very mysterious and kept me very enthralled. I am so glad I was able to read and review this story. 
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
In reading the description I was thinking I was reading a book about women’s rights. While that could be a great story I felt this was more a story of a young girl, a teenager girl, finding out what her life really is. Faye has lived a rough life with her vagabond parents. They work odd jobs, can’t stay in one place, and are not very loving to their daughter. I put their attitude towards their daughter being brought on by their rough lives, but as the story goes on I knew there was more to it. There are two storylines surrounding Faye. The story of Faye trying to break into the running world as a woman is the first part. She wants to run on the school track team and run the Boston Marathon both of which are male only. I loved seeing her work hard and reach goals that have been out of the reach of most women. The second storyline is who Faye really is. There are so many clues as to who she is, who she could be, and who she wants to be. This storyline was interesting to read but it was also easy to put the clues together. I had it figured out before the author reveals it to the readers. I found myself really enjoying reading about a strong, young woman who is still a teenager and she is also able to defend herself, do what is right for herself, and find herself. This is a great book for anyone who loves women in sports and loves a female who isn’t afraid to push boundaries.
Anonymous 19 days ago