Body Leaping Backward is a gorgeously written memoir of a girlhood that wasn’t quite so pure, as much as the author, Maureen Stanton’s mother would have hoped. This is an anxiety inducing look into the life of Maureen from when she was a tween to early adulthood.
This is when most of us are at our worst, and Maureen was no different. She rebeled, lied, held in her feelings, and ultimately learned to pick herself back up and move on with her life. There are stories in this book that will leave your jaw on the floor, and stories that will have your fist pumping in the air for Maureen.
You’ll discover that you are probably like Maureen in many ways, and that is why I believe she wrote this book. To show us all that we’re not so different, we all struggle, and the point is to forgive ourselves and learn from our mistakes.
Reading this book changed me for the better, I learned the things that Maureen learned, and I didn’t have to do the hard part of living through it. If you are looking for a beautifully written memoir that will take your breath away, definitely go and check out this book! I give it 4 out of 5 stars, a definite gem.