Print length: 201 pages
SUMMARY: Imagine moving nearly 80 times and living in almost 20 states before graduating high school. This is the story of a young boy growing up on the road. Shawn D. Congleton shares his account of overcoming his life’s challenges, of never settling, that included poverty, constant change, and an alcoholic and abusive father. He learned some memorable lessons along the way as he grew up in this most unforgettable experience and found hope to overcome.
The BookViral Review:
Congleton’s debut release comes amidst an ever-growing list of memoirs. Many of them offering sobering insights into life’s challenges but whilst many can be read with a degree of detachment it’s not so with Congleton’s harrowing account.
He doesn’t write for sensation. He simply tells his story. He’s resolute but understated in his narration and it’s to his credit that his prose achieves a tone that doesn’t force his account upon readers. He isn’t someone hurtling towards resolution, but one of many people who have delved deep into a well of reserve and found the strength and courage to not only adapt but to grow when faced with seemingly overwhelming odds.
An emotional and brutally honest story that focuses in the main on Congleton’s relationship with his father. He shares his fears, sense of despair and the losses that impacted his formative years. Leaving the reader in no doubt that what they have read is a testament to the triumph of the human spirit to overcome and prevail. From the continuity and sense of achievement, he found through athletic success to his relationship with God Congleton’s determination to build a better life is evident throughout as his journey takes him from a young boy to manhood.
But the best memoirs offer much more than insight into another’s life. They offer readers the opportunity to reflect and there is a laudable and powerful element of self-reflection in Congleton’s words and on this level Never Settled will prove a source of inspiration for many who read it.
An engaging memoir, Never Settled: a memoir of a boy on the road to manhood is undoubtedly deserving of your attention and is a BookViral recommended read.