Three More Words by Ashley Rhodes-Courter // A Real Contemporary Story at Its Best

Monday, 29 February 2016
Three More Words, by Ashley Rhodes-Courter
Publication: June 30, 2015, by Atheneum BFYR
Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir
Pages: 320
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher

Ashley Rhodes-Courter spent a harrowing nine years of her life in fourteen different foster homes. Her memoir, Three Little Words, captivated audiences everywhere and went on to become a New York Times bestseller. Now Ashley reveals the nuances of life after foster care: College and its assorted hijinks, including meeting “the one.” Marriage, which began with a beautiful wedding on a boat that was almost hijacked (literally) by some biological family members. Having kids—from fostering children and the heartbreak of watching them return to destructive environments, to the miraculous joy of blending biological and adopted offspring.
Whether she’s overcoming self-image issues, responding to calls for her to run for Senate, or dealing with continuing drama from her biological family, Ashley Rhodes-Courter never fails to impress or inspire with her authentic voice and uplifting message.

My Thoughts:

I have only read a few memoirs, and honestly, not everyone could be a master of writing one. Ashley Rhodes-Courter provides a sequel to her first novel/memoir, Three Little Words, and even though I have not read the first book, it is easy to catch up with what I missed—it did not seem much. Everything became so clear to me from the start, and Ashley's story is beautifully written and absolutely heartfelt. Also, it is not like I felt like this was a book, a novel, whatever you would like to call it. This was a true, special story about a woman who encountered so much in her life that changed her and her life greatly, and made her the way she is.

Three More Words is something I cannot precisely summarize. It is a story about someone's life. Of course there are details missing, events that were not perfectly explained like the actual situation. But actually, Ashley went through so much, and here is a snippet of it, from my viewpoint. Ashley actually was a foster child, being put in so many homes and never feeling like something was permanent. In this novel, she writes about the later half of her teenage years and how she became who she was at the moment. She talks about her husband, her children (and the foster ones that came along the way) and what she wants to do to help children in need. It is a powerful motion.

Ashley is such an inspiring woman. I have never known much about the reality of the foster-care system, and from this 320-paged memoir, I have learned so much. Even after knowing a child for a few weeks, people grasp a connection to the little ones who have been abandoned, abused, or unloved, or even all three of those together. It cracks your heart—and knowing that Ashley encountered this and tried to change the way things were for others was beautiful. It is beautiful. We have discovered so much useful information about this woman and what we could do to help. I am not saying that we have to be foster parents. But donating, seeing children like they are all worth it and equal, those are the things that could help readers achieve things little by little. The title of this novel is such an extra touch for readers leaving them thinking about the truth behind it all afterwards.

I love the style of this story. Everything was fast-paced, with the right amount of details for readers to understand and most of all, I was absolutely intrigued. I absolutely recommend this—everyone could find a perfect thing about Ashley's story. She's an incredible writer, and I would go read anything she writes. 

Three More Words is a story, a real life story told from the perspective of a woman who has overcome it all. There are moments where you think about survival, about hardships, about unbelievable things that people have to go through. I need three more words... three hundred even.

What is the best memoir you have read? Do you enjoy reading non-fiction?

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