Review of “Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive” by Stephanie Land

 3/5 Stars

Summary of review: This book was just okay. It was not the best memoir but not the worst.


This is a “Rags to Riches” story. What people would call a single mother’s pursuit of the “American Dream.”

She gets pregnant at a young age. She is a single mother and works as a maid to pay the bills. Needless to say, being on a maid’s salary and a single mother can be hard.

My thoughts:

I did not like the writing style in this memoir. The author was very repetitive, made poor/selfish decisions, and was pessimistic. This book was boring at times. I almost DNF this book twice but I persisted.

Typically, a person would look at the opportunity to be a maid as a positive stepping stone to assist her in obtaining a better life for her and her child. But she talked about being a maid in a negative light. Something that caught me off guard. I know it is hard work and pays little. But it kept food on the table for her and her child.

I thought this novel was going to be a tell-all of her client’s lives and the inside scoop of being a maid. But this is far from what this novel was.

In my occupation, I hear the struggles of people’s lives on a daily basis. I have seen people being optimistic about their future while working at low paying jobs. I have seen single mothers, working full time, and going to college. The story was relatable in that aspect.

The ending was not as satisfying after hearing her whine through the entire novel. If you have such a “Debbie Downer” type of book, you want there to be a positive spin at the end of it.

Conclusion: This book was an okay read. It was not the best writing, but the story was decent to read about. If you want an optimistic book, then you may want to find another one.

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