Review: Riley Unlikely

Riley Unlikely Book Cover Riley Unlikely
Riley Banks-Snyder
September 22, 2016
Net Galley

This memoir follows Riley from age twelve, when she first became interested in going to Kenya to help the people there, through today. While her faith is mentioned repeatedly throughout the book, it is not the central focus, the focus is on one girl’s desire to help and the way she went about doing it.

Riley is truly a remarkable woman. As a teenager she saw a need, then went about trying to fulfill it, becoming the head of a nonprofit organization focused on providing the supplies needed to improve education in Kenya when she was just 14. She also focused on helping those in other countries of Africa as well, such as Uganda.

Her story is told in an easy, conversational way; sharing her experiences at home in the US as well as in Africa on her visits each year, and speaking about her organization and the ways in which it has grown and evolved. While Riley’s passion is evident in each page, the book never becomes preachy and Riley never seeks to glorify herself.

If you are looking for an inspiring read, or just to learn about the conditions of some of the villages in Africa, I definitely recommend reading Riley Unlikely.

Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review through Net Galley and the publisher {Zondervan}. All thoughts and opinions are my own.