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tssggtl_150_225Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Women graduating from college are new to the real world and need to remember the lessons from their youths–such as how to act in the company of others, how to protect their hearts and how to persevere in this world when all seems lost. Cassandra King offers life lessons on everything from the first career move to how to keep laughing in order to avoid crying. She gives the women in the audience her life story in a nutshell – she became successful in life by never giving up on her dreams – and offers humor at every turn.

The Same Sweet Girl’s’ Guide to Life is a little pocket book that can literally fit into a pocketbook. It is the life story and commencement speech of the author Cassandra King to her alma mater given to the May 2013 graduating class at The University of Montevallo (formerly known as Alabama College). She truly spoke from the heart and advised the graduates about life, loves and perseverance, and told them that their lives were just beginning and to make sure to live them fully. She gave advice to the women on how to find themselves, to help others and to be productive citizens for a lifetime.

The book has darling black and white stenciled pictures of flowers and various lady things, and includes a forward by Rick Bragg (a self-confessed un-gentleman’s “gentleman). It also has an author’s afterward section, famous quotes, space to jot down journal-type notes and more. The book can be read in less than an hour, but the lessons learned will hold value for a lifetime. This book is recommended to anyone with a teenaged daughter, or better yet for anyone “fixin’ to graduate” who would enjoy reading about the virtues that every young woman would do well to embrace.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast. 

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Saichek Publicity. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.