Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go is an autobiography published by Lucille O’Neal, the mother of NBA great Shaquille O’Neal. The book describes Lucille’s trials in life, from becoming a teen mother to overcoming alcoholism and coping with her son’s burgeoning stardom, while depending on determination and faith to support her. Lucille also introduces the phrase “mental wellbeing,” which she uses to characterize the progression of her mental health condition through time.
Overall, Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go feels terribly brief, and I would have enjoyed additional details on how motivation and God’s involvement come to a head in the last act. Lucille describes the EVENTS that led to her life’s revitalization, but she provides even less information on her thoughts and emotions. The book has biblical quotations and a chronology of Lucille’s life, but a greater focus on what motivates her to act as she does would make it immensely more engaging.
I did not find Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go to be particularly memorable, and I found it to be extremely similar to other celebrity autobiographies. Fans of Shaquille O’Neal and mothers of well-known media personalities or celebrities should read this book.
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