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Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers' Favorite
A member of a highly dysfunctional family, Blaire Sharpe does her best (and worst) to overcome the legacy of an alcoholic father and abused mother. As a young girl, she endured the injustices of neglect and sexual abuse, often haunting her progress through self and group rehabilitation. Through hypnosis, Blaire works toward finding herself and her purpose in life. When her grandmother faces early and latent bouts of dementia, Sharpe understands what it feels like to be truly needed. Incorporating her grandmother into her home with the loving support of her husband, the author is able to look at life in a moralistic and mature manner. The process of death and dying is undeniably realistic.
Blaire Sharpe creates a memorable memoir of her life in this poignant work, Not Really Gone. With her grandmother her sole supporter, Sharpe experiences many trials into adulthood, but her biggest accomplishment is the end result of maturation that occurs after years of promiscuity and substance abuse. As a highly descriptive story of one person’s journey into a final state of realization of the importance of family, I recommend this as a must-read.
Not Really Gone by Blaire Sharpe provides the reader with a sense of hope in preparation for the final days on earth, while interjecting a riveting story that will touch many readers, especially those who have given up. A candid story of the inevitability of life. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou