55 out of 100

Ordinary Girls by Jaquira Diaz

This is an advance copy I got from the library. A personal memoir and all the women around her: her two grandmothers,their sisters, her mother, her sister, friends and neighbors, father and brother. It is her story of how these people influenced her life, from juvenile detention, to jail, to addiction to army training, to college to being a writer and a political activist. As an advance copy, the book was interesting in that it caught my attention and I read it through all the way. There were some parts and stories that were repetitious, unrelatedly and hazy transitions. Overall I would give it three stars.