Last year, I received the book "Cub" by Cynthia L. Copeland as a gift. I thought it was a sweet gift, but memoirs and autobiographies are not my initial go-to genres. It could be from all the years of having to do research papers for school, but memoirs are not my favorite. Thus, one of my favorite aspects of this book is that the author told her story like a comic book.
"Cub" is an absolute genius way to tell your story; I enjoyed every page of Copeland's story. As a journalism major, it was fun and exciting to read about someone who had to go through the same process of getting a story or learning how to write a lede and making sure it was accurate, all while navigating junior high school.
The accurate description of what middle school was like brought back memories, not terrible memories, but memories. "Cub" starts with Copeland as a 12-year-old girl struggling to fit in at her middle school in the fall of 1972. There were moments when I had trouble with my emotions on certain parts. For example, the reaction Copeland's father had toward her wanting to be a writer bothered me a bit; it felt like he was overlooking her in favor of her two brothers. I thought his response was condescending, but she saw his response as protective.
It was inspiring to read about a teacher who takes a particular interest in Copeland and encourages her to pursue writing. I also thought it was fun to watch Copeland tag along with the local reporter, Leslie Jacobs, who becomes her mentor. She learns how to conduct interviews and how to question authority respectfully. With each assignment, she gains confidence, and it was fantastic to see that in a young, impressionable girl. Her excitement was palpable as you imagine her face lighting up when the newspaper publishes one of her articles. It reminded me of seeing my first article in print, as my professor continuously encouraged me to keep writing.
It was also fun to read about her writing articles while Jacobs proofreads them as the book takes place during the Watergate scandal and shows why journalists were vital.
"Cub" shows young readers, specifically young women, that your dreams are attainable, and once you achieve them, dream bigger. The book was so interesting, I read it in one sitting.
"Cub" is available on Amazon.