Sunday, February 7, 2016

Book Review: Not Without My Daughter | Betty Mahmoody

Author: Betty Mahmoody
Age: 14+ 
Genre: Non-Fiction Biography
Content Rating:  PG-13 For mature ideas, not inappropriateness.
My Rating: 6/5 ******
Average time: 10-15 hours (if you were to read it in one sitting) 
Pages: 423
Summary: (from
Betty Mahmoody and her husband, Dr. Sayyed Bozorg Mahmoody ('Moody'), came to Iran from the USA to meet Moody's family. With them was their four-year-old daughter, Mahtob. Appalled by the squalor of their living conditions, horrified by what she saw of a country where women are merely chattels and Westerners are despised, Betty soon became desperate to return to the States. But Moody and his often vicious family had other plans. Mother and daughter became prisoners of an alien culture, hostages of an increasingly tyrannical and violent man.

Betty began to try to arrange an escape. Evading Moody's sinister spy network, she secretly met sympathizers opposed to Khomeini's savage regime. But every scheme that was suggested to her meant leaving Mahtob behind forever... 

My Thoughts: I bought this book at a yard sale for a dollar and let me just say, it is one of the best dollars that I have ever spent on a book. Where do I even begin with this review?It's hard to rate somebody's life story. I can't comment on the literary value of this book or the strategic placement of the words. This book made me feel so many things from sadness, to worry, and empathy. The way that Betty tells her story is so intriguing that I would highly HIGHLY recommend it as a must-read for everyone.

If you have been following my book review series for a while, you would know that it is very unusual for me to rate a book 6/5 but this book was the exception. So is it worth the read? 

Heck yes :)

<3/ Audrey

(P.S. If you have read this book, comment down below your thoughts. I would love to know)

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