Book Review: Excellence by Raj Davis

Title: Excellence
Author: Raj Davis
Genre: Urban Fiction
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Excellence is the story of siblings Todd, Lee, and Ebony, who grew up in an abusive household and as they reach adulthood they strive for excellence and making something of their lives. The siblings go down different paths in life. Todd became a drug dealer and ends up in prison, while his sister Lee became a social worker who strives to help others like her, her work priorities tend to come first in Lee’s life which makes her son Nicholas feel neglected. As for Ebony, she’s a child genius who enters college at an early age and quickly becomes an respected doctor.

The premise of the story is great, I loved reading about the siblings journey through life and how their experiences molded them to become the way they are. As you read about their plights, you feels sadness for what they go through and how deeply they were affected by their childhood.

While the story was wonderful, I did think it was short. There were some parts that I felt could’ve used more details. For instance, I felt like the author could’ve delved more into their childhood. The first chapter gives detail about what life was like growing up and throughout the story they mention how bad their father was and how they never want to see them again., yet I felt like there was more that needed to be explored. Also, the ending even though it was supposed to be a tearjerker, I felt like it was stiff. The characters’ emotions didn’t emanate off the pages and I felt like their stories wrapped up too quickly.

Rating: 4 stars 

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