Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore

by Ally Anderson

This book was compelling, enlightening and empowering. It discusses two different childhood stories and outcomes of two different guys with the same name who grew up close to each other but never knew one another until the book was written.

One Wes Moore is imprisoned for life while the other is free and experiencing things he never dreamed of as a kid. This book is an easy read while being very encouraging and interesting; it contains good and bad memories to which many people can relate. 

I personally liked the book because, growing up in a similar situation (but not the same) and hearing about different experiences through my brother, I could empathize with many of the stories and reflections. It reminded me of A Girl Like Me by Ni-Ni Simone because the boys in both books seem relatable and go through similar situations. 

I recommend this book to anyone who can handle it. It has some strong and vivid memories and can be sad at times but also very quotable and inspiring. Anyone can read it but everyone should.

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