The book is based on a true story about an eight year old boy witnessing a horrifying crime against his mother and how he had to overcome adversities to become the person that he is today. The book goes into sexual and intimate details on how he lost his virginity at age 15, had an affair with an older woman at age 16, and joined the U.S. NAVY at age 17. The names have been changed to protect the identity of the characters and to avoid any offensive issues. The sexual encounters are written with specific details and may seem offensive to some readers. Parental Guidance is required for minor readers.My thoughts:
Lately I seem to be running into a problem with books landing in my lap that don't really interest me. Maybe they are not my normal genre and they push me to think outside my comfort zone. Or maybe, I just find them really bad.
"Malice Intended" starts off with the author, Edward Sanchez, telling the story of how he witnessed his mother being stabbed. From there is goes on in chronological order detailing events in his life. The story is heartbreaking. I am a sucker for a good memoir/autobiography so I welcomed this book with open arms. While the ordeal Mr. Sanchez went through is horrible and enough to make any child turn the other way in life, it seems it made him much stronger. Edward pushed through life taking as many opportunities as he could. A large part of the book was a tale about his consistent affairs with older women, but that isn't as odd as most would think. Even at a young age.
What I did not like about the book is that it is poorly written. While the grammar errors are limited, it lacked substance. It had a great framework, but a lot of the walls and furnishing were missing. It was a very basic book with limited emotions, thoughts and feelings. Some chapters were merely a page and a half long. There was so much there in the foundation, Mr. Sanchez should have provided so many more details for more story. It lacked feeling.
The language was simple. Almost too simple. I felt at times like I was reading an old fashioned telegram.
Hello mom. Stop.
Must come to see you today. Stop.
I will tell you why later. Stop.
I hope you are not mad. Stop.
Very basic and simple. Lacked the use of a thesaurus and substance.
On the other hand, if you like very simple stories and personal details of someone else's life, you will like this tale. While I did enjoy the book and can greatly sympathize with what the author went through, I just with the book had more meat on it's bones.
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