Review: You don't Have a Story: Growing Up Black and Poor in Scottsdale Arizona by Zachary Q. Watson
I enjoy reading stories about people and their lives, I’ve learned that this past year. That being said, I don’t think I could make one of myself—so props to the author.
The author and I are actually around the same age, so I get a lot of the references and I understand some of the things going on without context. I do wish some things weren’t as explained, but I get it, because not everyone would know what these things are or would understand just what it is or does right off the bat.
Definitely pick this book up if you want a different perspective on growing up.
Zachary Watson, a young black kid from Chicago moves to an upscale rich white neighborhood in Scottsdale Arizona with his single mother and older sister. Overwhelmed by anger, racism, and the bullying of his classmates, he spends his formative years trying to prove his detractors wrong and rise above the stereotype labels they place on him. Zachary loses his friend and collaborator to cancer. A journey that forces him to discover more about himself than he ever thought possible.
Growing up Black and Poor in Scottsdale Arizona is Zach’s first literary creation, a memoir that shows the unjust and racist side of modern American society and highlights the struggles that people of color have in growing up in racially biased communities. Through his book, Zach intends to teach self-love, healing, and the art of dealing with prejudiced behaviors to achieve success in life. This memoir follows the memories of Zach's childhood to coming of age in Scottsdale, Arizona, highlighting the trials and tribulations of adolescence and adulthood. It also shows the difficulties and challenges with dating as a African-American male. And due to politics and lack of funds Zach couldn't quite make it as a music artist. A dream he had been chasing ever since he was a kid. Zach also deals with depression, hardships, rejection, and heartbreak. This book is a journey through the life of a young man raised in an all-white world and how he could never quite fit in.
This book is truly inspiring. I love reading books like this, books that encourage and inspire success. It's beautifully written. This book came into my life in a rough patch I'd been experiencing, and it helped me get out of a funk. Alongside facts, stats, and tough questions you must ask yourself, you get to hear the word of God and biblical examples and stories, which I am an absolute fan of. All in all, this book will help you find the building blocks for becoming successful in your own eyes, encouraging you all the way. It's truly amazing.
RISING - Empowered To Become is an inspirational guide and practical resource for mastering your mindset and pursuing your goals. This book provides you with the mindset, strategy, and tools you need in order to achieve your full potential. It will open your eyes to a world of possibilities and help you create a path to the life you desire. This book is designed to help you get the most out of your life; You'll feel empowered to become whom you were meant to be.
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You did your best (even if you really didn't, I'm still proud of you)!
NANOWRIMO is a feat to most people. There are some that can knock it out, no biggie, but either way, we all did our best, even if we didn't. Writing isn't easy a lot of the time, but it's definitely worth it and worth being appreciated for the time and effort you made to make your dreams a reality.
In good news, I was able to complete NANOWRIMO and write 50k words in November! I'm so excited. I have most of WDMB2 done and then I'll be able to edit and release it. I'm so excited for you guys to read it as I carry on the rest of the Dead Men Trilogy.
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This book is the most entertaining thing I’ve read lately. It’s a superhero origin of Boxman, and my gosh, I enjoyed every second of it. I loved the art and the situations, and it made me laugh that he was so dead-set on his dream that he was like “No, romance can wait.” And the boxes being sentient and turning him into a box man?? This book was hilarious and wonderful, and I really think my little cousin would love this book. I could see him running around, pretending to be Boxman.
I loved this book. It’s a fast, easy read.
From Picker Packer to Superhero, The Boxman! is a fictional superhero comic story about an average guy named Tito who works very hard handling shipping boxes. Tito wants to become a powerful modern-day superhero made of cartoon material with arms and legs. The Boxman is ready to stop the Knock-Off Man at the City of the Boxes. Enjoy some rhymes and fun moments:
This Picker Packer Man
GOT A WONDERFUL PLAN!