BOOK REVIEW: Mangoes in the Rain by Chinaemelum Menakaya


TITLE: Mangoes in the Rain

AUTHOR: Chinaemelum Menakaya

GENRE: Memoir/ Non-Fiction

LENGTH: 108 Pages (Kindle Edition)

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In 2002, fifteen-year-old Chinaemelum leaves America, to go to Nigeria for summer break. Months later, she fights for her life against malaria. Summer is over and her father refuses to give her back her passport to return to America with her mother. She is kept in Nigeria against her will, he puts her in a all girls boarding school, where she struggles to adapt to life, in a 3rd world country. Two and a half years later, she and her siblings escape out of their fathers house to the American Embassy in Lagos for hopes of leaving Nigeria. She is adamant about expressing her trauma of abandonment, abuse, and her survival mechanism then and now. Out of this tragedy, she’s able to overcome and be of a success today.
She voices the portrayals of her childhood and teen years growing up Nigerian American in America to Nigerian parents.
Raised in Silver Spring, Maryland, by a Christian Pastor and wife, life is portrayed in public as a God fearing couple, but behind close doors chinaemelum witness her father often beating her mother. He eventually begins to abuse Chinaemelum, by calling her a hoar and a prostitute at age 13. Chinaemelum had high hopes when she heard she was going to Nigeria for the summer. She had no idea the gravity of the horrific adventure about to take place.
Chinaemelum has been writing for more than 12 years. She is the author of her first book called “Mangoes in the Rain”.



🌬️”𝑳𝒂𝒃𝒆𝒍𝒔 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒘𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒘𝒆 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒘𝒆 𝒅𝒐 𝒏𝒐𝒕 𝒉𝒂𝒗𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒂𝒄𝒄𝒆𝒑𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒎”

🍁 Mangoes in the Rain is an account of the author’s life as a Nigerian American who had to abandon her homeland America and dwell some unpleasant days of her life in Nigeria which was an altogether unusual and uneasy space for her.

🍁 Enlarging the difficulties, she had an awfully abusive father who in spite of being in a reputable job in the society and an educated person himself behaved toward her wife and children like dirt.

Mangoes in the rain

🍁 Occasionally her mother was also the same but was somewhat better than her father, so she had some hope in her.

🍁 Life simply transformed for her and she tackles her existence in Nigeria until she flees back to America.


🍁 This book is a brief one but can truly make you feel so unhappy for the author when you read it.
It has been written in freestyle so it is easy for anybody to flip through it.

🍁 It was very tough for me to visualize the condition of the children at maturing age when they need understanding, love, and support of their parents but they get none.

🍁 As I reached the end there was optimism in the words and the last chapter was a motivation to read where the author has spoken about self-love and self-acceptance.

🍁 I felt this book was the best way to conquer and blab what the author faced as a child. It was indeed an emotional book to read.

5 star






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