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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Stuck in F*ck: The Aftermath of After-A$$ How to Unf*ck Your Parental Past is a work of non-fiction created in the form of a picture book for adults and was penned by author Michael A. Brown. As the title suggests, this short work uses explicit language references throughout and presents an innovative and perception-altering exploration of childhood trauma that we often never truly let go. From chaotic family situations to family court, abuse, and emotional trauma, the work seeks to present short, sharp statements in a picture-and-verse style delivery similar to that of children’s books. What follows is a brilliant subversion of the genre that provokes thought and change.
Author Michael A. Brown has hit upon a seemingly simple format that utilizes its beautiful art form in order to say something that really matters. For those of us who have experienced family difficulties and childhood issues, there is a resonating sense of being trapped by what we were, and the short verses and evocative imagery of this book really capture that essence and emotion. What results is a work that encompasses all types of people and their situations, but puts us into a shared framework of growing up and finally letting go of character-defining (and damaging) features of our pasts. The rhyme and rhythm of the work are such that many of the verse constructions stay with you and resonate long after reading. Overall, I would highly recommend Stuck in F*ck to readers seeking a moment of clarity in a highly unique form.