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Reviewed by Katelyn Hensel for Readers' Favorite
As a 'fictionalized true story,' I'm curious to understand what is fact and what is fiction in Jocelyne Turbett's Born to Please. Revolving around Ashley's normal upbringing and subsequent transition into a hell-raising rebel child, there was a very real, very human element to the character that made you like her, despite the trouble she was bringing upon herself. In the end, Ashley's story is somewhat of a coming of age piece. She grows, she learns, and she has a happy ending. I felt that this could have come at a bit higher of a price, and that the conflict was a little one-sided, but it was definitely a good read to make you think and appreciate where you are in your own life.
The writing style was smooth, soft, and flowing. Kind of like a gentle breeze on a hot summer day. While this style was beautiful, and almost lyrical, it did tend to lull me into a daze at times, where I would be enjoying the story but be somehow dull and sleepy as well. It was an interesting feeling, and one that was definitely there because of the different characters' actions. It was a quick read, although it didn't seem like it. Born to Please feels like a sleepy memory or a hazy dream, one that makes an appearance over and over again until you think about it a lot! Jocelyne Turbett is a talented writer with the ability to make you doubt fact from fiction. Her characters were real, in-depth, and had lots of layers. I would love to see more from her, if only to see what can be done with a purely fictional story.