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Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite
Who Said It Couldn't Be Done? Diamond From The Rough by Denise Jones is a true story written in the first person. It is a courageous autobiography about the life and experiences of a young girl growing up in a high crime and drugs area of Chicago, and the story of her mother’s life as well. The book begins with an account of Denise’s own birth and the life and background of her mother, Annie Mae Freeman. The book follows a more or less sequential narration of events as we witness the sexual abuse of Annie Mae and her sister by their own father, the early unwanted pregnancies, the birth of Denise and her siblings from different fathers, and her mother’s descent into prostitution and drug rings. This provides a background for Denise’s own story and her life as she grew up and inevitably got caught in a similar web of drugs, crime, and violence. In the end, this is a story of triumph and hope and Denise’s journey toward faith and Christ.
Who Said It Couldn't Be Done? Diamond From The Rough by Denise Jones is an extremely well written, authentic, no-holds-barred account of life in the streets of Chicago. I found the story of Denise’s mother to be extremely sad with the incest, sexual abuse, and prostitution. The book is written in a very genuine manner and I got the impression that none of the facts were embellished or changed for the sake of a story. This brings an incredible level of honesty and authenticity to this book. The way in which Jesus and religion brought Denise back from a life of violence has been discussed in detail as well. Whether one agrees or not with the religious aspect of the story, in no way does it take away from the sheer readability and brutal honesty of the book. For this reason, I highly recommend it.