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Five Feet Short: A Review

Updated on August 13, 2015
The cover of Five Feet Short, made by the author herself and used with her permission.
The cover of Five Feet Short, made by the author herself and used with her permission. | Source

Keisha Biddle grew up in Sanford, a small town in Central Florida. Having been raised by her grandmother and great-grandmother, life was never dull. Her rocky childhood consisted of flushed car keys, getting suspended from school, struggling to fit in, and eyebrow mishaps. Adulthood was no different with multiple attempts to join the military, rebellion and experimentation, becoming a mother, and finally figuring out what she wanted in life.

After I read the blurb I knew that this was a book that I had to read. Not only because I was curious to find out more about the average American life, being a European myself, but also because I wanted to know more about Keisha, an author whom I had collaborated with on a charity project along with seventeen other authors. So I went and bought it immediately.

A Real Page Turner

That's what this book was. I immediately cracked it open and I'm so glad I did because it was amazing right from the first paragraph, or from the first word rather. I couldn't put it down and it was all I could think about for the next two days that I spent reading it. I could have finished it much sooner if my real life hadn't gotten in the way, demanding that I take a break every now and then. I could picture every location, every person and every event playing in my head as I read and was dragged into this young woman's life, which turned out to be beyond anything I had ever imagined before opening this book. I felt involved in her life and I found myself feeling everything she felt as if I was experiencing all those things with her. I was rooting for her, crying for her, and smiling for her. I was shocked as I kept discovering more and more details about a part of her life that I had known nothing about until then. Some of it seemed almost too surreal or too funny to ever have happened in real life. I guess that's because I'm European. What only added to the awesomeness of this book was the weird feeling of reading about someone I actually knew. I couldn't believe that I was reading all this about a person I had actually met and talked to and worked with. It was a mind-blowing experience and a real eye-opener as well. It is proof that you really don't know what goes on in other people's lives, even those you know.

A Must-Read for Everyone

I enjoyed every word of this marvelous book. I loved everything from her early childhood to her high school years, and the hardships that came after that, and the seemingly happy ending with a husband and children. I loved reading about her problems, her boyfriends and her funny friends and family members. I just loved everything about this book. The fact that it was so well written didn't hurt either and it really was. This book is a must-read for anyone who loves books in general. If you haven't read this book yet you better buy it now otherwise you'd be missing something truly great. I will definitely be reading more books from this author and if she decides to write a new autobiography in about fifty years I'll be the first one to buy it. Five Feet Short can be bought on Amazon for only 0.99 for the kindle and 11.99 for the paperback, a real bargain in my opinion and worth every cent.

Keisha Biddle

Is 27 years old, residing in central Florida, and is the mother of two boys with a third child on the way. She has been writing since she was seven years old and has written everything from poetry and short stories to song lyrics. When she was ten years old she had a poem published in a school newspaper. Apart from Five Feet Short she has published one novel, The Vanishing Stone and has a poem published in The Tenants of Building 38, an anthology raising money for the American Cancer Society.

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      John Hansen 

      3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Good review Waivie. "Five Feet Short" sounds like a great book. Any book that you don't want to put down is great value, and it's always wonderful to read a book by someone you know. Voted up.

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