When she is sent to an orphanage at the age of eight, Beth Harmon soon discovers two ways to escape her surroundings, albeit fleetingly: playing chess and taking the little green pills given to her and the other children to keep them subdued. Before long, it becomes apparent that hers is a prodigious talent, and as she progresses to the top of the US chess rankings she is able to forge a new life for herself. But she can never quite overcome her urge to self-destruct. For Beth, there’s more at stake than merely winning and losing.
In this book, we follow Beth from a young age at the orphanage where she first learns chess from the janitor. At the orphanage, she gets addicted to tranquilizers and this addiction follows her through her life. When she gets adopted her adoptive mother pushes her to train in chess and to compete in competitions.
I enjoyed this book, it was really interesting and I loved watching Beth grow in her talent, and even though she struggled she made it.
What annoyed me about Beth was her anger towards others when she was loosing the game. But I can understand why she got mad, in my opinion, she never really got to learn about emotions properly.
I love that she honed her skill though and was able to recognise when people couldn’t teach her anymore. I lved watching her rise to the top.