memoir - Abbey Blair AP Lang Joe Kitta once wrote"You don't...

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Abbey Blair AP Lang 2/28/16 Joe Kitta once wrote, "You don't need to have had a hardscrabble youth in order to write a memoir." This is true to a certain extent because if you're like me and did have a particularly difficult childhood, it doesn't necessarily mean that you have to write about it. The hardship that I have faced has affected me, obviously. However, it is not what shaped who I am or even affected my success. I believe that even if I hadn't faced the tragedy and difficulty I have that I still would be just as successful as I am today. However, I do admit it would have been a whole lot easier. In fact, the largest contributor to me being the person that I am today is books. My knees were tucked up to my chest with my beaten up copy of Anne of Green Gables resting on them. I didn’t go to school like all of the other kids my age, so I wasn’t allowed to go outside until 2 o' clock when the other kids got out. However, my five year old brain couldn’t think of anything better to do while I waited other than to read. Every day for the next seven years I would read from the moment I woke up until 2 o'clock when I could play outside. Those books I believe did not just make me who I am today; I am not influenced by books. Instead, I am shaped by them. I am made of flesh and bone and blood. I am also made of books. The sweetest, most wide-eyed parts of me are made from Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea , Lucy Maude Montgomery and Little Women , Louisa May Alcott. These pieces of literature made me learn to accept myself the way that I am. When I first met Anne Shirley, she had self-esteem issues.
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