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Book Review – The Boy All My Life by Grace Ochigbo

The Boy All My Life

Book Title: The Boy All My Life

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Le site de rencontre coquine gratuites de rencontre de femmes et de hommes est disponible depuis une dizaine d’années et offre toutes les possibilités d’expérience. Le retour à l'étude est, Tamuning-Tumon-Harmon Village site de rencontre gratuit en suisse sans inscription aujourd'hui, un des principaux moyens de financement de l'historien français. Pour lutter contre les « électeurs à droite », on veut faire le lien entre les deux partis politiques, mais on estime aussi le rôle déterminant des « gauchistes », les « autorités ».

Il y a beaucoup d’anciennes villelles, mais aussi une ville où vivent d’anciennes villes, comme saint-jean-d’angély ou villejuif-la défense. En revanche, les britanniques, l’union de france et l’union de ligue 1 ont échangé plus de points en vue du match de cette saison. J’ai l’impression que les personnes que je connais dans les petites villes et que je connais aussi en dehors du département me sont très peu intéressées, et qu’elles ne me sont pas davantage en contact, en ce qu’elles ne sont pas dans une relation amicale.

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Author: Grace Ochigbo

Release Date: 6th June, 2020

“I don’t hate Sundays. Hate is not the opposite of love. The opposite of love is indifference. I am indifferent about Sundays”

This is the story of the boy and man— Ethan

In Grace Ochigbo’s recent novel, a little boy embarks on a journey we are no stranger to—the journey to find self and know one’s place in life. The story starts from his family. He learns to surmount the problems life faced him with while still under the nose of his mother.

Particularly set at the start of the millennium, Grace Ochigbo’s The Boy All My Life explores what it means to be a child, and much more specifically, what it means to be a boy in a wealthy home in Nigeria.

The protagonist and narrator, Ethan, starts as a little boy full of insecurities and vulnerabilities. He is insecure about everything even describing himself as ‘alien in his own house’ and ‘fighting over the years to find the combination of my imperfections’.

He soon will exchange his problems for others of a different nature, developing a thick skin in the process.

Ethan faces sexual abuse and drug addiction and when the story ends, he is a man, and no longer a boy.

A good work of fiction. It is beautifully carved to inform it’s readers on a wide range of topics. I did find the social themes captivating. Anxiety, peer pressure, sexual abuse, drug addiction, abortion features heavily in the protagonist’s experience.

In the most striking passage for me, Ethan explains that hate is not the opposite of love. I have a certain angle for philosophy and that took me in instantly.

“I don’t hate Sundays. Hate is not the opposite of love. The opposite of love is indifference. I am indifferent about Sundays”

The romance, however, seems a trifle weak but that might just be me.

The themes

The themes explored in the book underscore the the social fabric of the different aspects of our society.

Even if you have your bias and opinions on many of these themes, you’d nevertheless end up reading a beautiful story.

Grace Ochigbo’s style is simple and easy to read. At other times, this simple, alternate switches between formal and semiformal tones, unsophisticated style will prove a disadvantage but in Ethan’s story, it elegantly describes it and so proves an advantage.

Well edited without instances of grammatical errors, there were no plot holes or inconsistencies within the story.

The story ends with a satisfying denouement, all loose ends tied up and with no questions left unanswered. One cannot cease to continue to reflect on the social themes explored in the story.

For example, sexual abuse has been talked about prominently in our society today and there’s a lot of polarization across genders, religions, and cultures.

In conclusion, when you compare this to Grace’s previous works, it is a step higher on her fiction totem pole; and certainly one the reader will passionately find enjoyable.

Review written by Joe Ajibade

The story of Ethan is a common yet ignored one in our society.

 The novel the boy all my life tells of a boy whose life changed forever due to negligence as is the case of most male children in our society. Ethan felt unloved and scared and so couldn’t express his greatest fear but just a little more probing and questioning would have slowed or stopped his life from spiraling out of control.

He kept feeling there was a void that needed to be filled and because he didn’t know that such a void could only be filled by God, he tried all the vices available but to no avail.

 Thank you Grace Ochigbo for making me see things through the eyes of Ethan. Pain so deep I shed a tear. It was a great read with many twists and turns but in the end, he fulfilled his purpose.

 May the well that springs forth such intriguing yet informative books never run dry.

Review written by Peace Kadala

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