Just Another Number // Book Review


Just Another Number
Review
Author: Maggie Young is a Southern woman who joined the United States Navy and experienced many turbulent affairs and events which led to her leaving the navy, going to UC Berkley, backpacking Europe and becoming a Writer. Her other works include My Dilemma.
This Review was requested.
Rating: ****
Review:
 
I started reading Just Another Number a few weeks ago at University and very much connected with it: the theme of women being used as sex toys and the lack of independence or power women have, even with the vote, the right to own property and many other legalities we have fought for over the years.
There is no way any reader could read Just Another Number and not feel a sense of feminism or anger at some ways women are used, although, as Maggie points out, this is not the point of the book. The book is an autobiographical tale of her life from when she was a southern teenager to a grown woman in the navy.
There are a lot of men along the way, some good and some not so good, each with their own personality traits which gives their numbered names, i.e. number 10, number 23 etc, a lot more meaning.
With these numeral men and the descriptions given about them and what they do, I would definitely say that this book is only for readers 18+, mostly because this book never falters in truth, which I give points to Maggie for, it’s a brave and powerful move. It is also a very adult one.
I also want to do a quick note on the cover of this book I love it! Isn’t it great??
Some of the lines within the book create a strong sense of thought provocation:
-      It was the man’s goal to catch the women and the women’s role to keep the men.
It is almost an argument and debate throughout, but as I said the book is autobiographical. I have said in previous reviews that whilst I enjoy autobiographies I do find that by the middle the stories tend to become a bit vain in tone, almost always not on purpose, simply because the books are about the person writing them and they can go on for a bit too long at random moments. I did feel that about Just Another Number but it was gripping for the first 200 pages for definite.
Maggie Young
As there are so many men and so many tales attached to them, along with numerous other events and descriptions within the book, the story really delves deep with conversations, descriptors and feelings which makes the book quite dense to read hence it taking me so long to get through but that does not make it bad at all, simply thorough and honest.
Overall, I would class this book as being a deeply honest and powerful but difficult to sell to an audience, not because it is badly written the writing style is actually very good, with a lot of thought provoking language but because the market for books about women telling the truth about their sex lives, and lives in general, with utter, shocking, honesty is not something you see every day: which is precisely why I enjoyed this book!
I give props to Maggie for her unrelenting access to the truth of her life and I would recommend this book to adult females looking for an incentive to get a grip of their own lives!
Happy Reading Folks!
 


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