on January 5th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Four lives. Four stories. Four sets of letters. Four brave souls in need of guidance while facing life's greatest challenges. The anonymously published Dear Life program is designed to help them step outside of their comfort zones, face their obstacles, and relinquish their demons...and prove their existence. With their lives teetering between wanting more and losing it all, all four souls dive into the program as a New Year's resolution, sending them on a crazy, life-altering journey. Dear Life, Please be kind. Yours truly, Hollyn, Jace, Daisy, and Carter.
Some books entertain us, some make us think and challenge our beliefs, and some—the rare ones—teach us something.
Every book has its value, but it’s these rare ones—the unicorns—which will stay with us for a long time, if not forever. They will have taught us a valuable lesson, not just about the beauty words can make us feel, but also about the way we live our life, treat other people, see ourselves.
I don’t come across books like this very often. But when I do, I will treasure them and the message they try to convey. Dear Life by Meghan Quinn is one of these unicorn books—these rare books I will still talk about in a month or a year.
With intriguing characters and stellar writing, this book draws you in, makes you feel every emotion. From heartbreak and devastation to humor and laughter to happiness and elation—I have felt them all in the span of a few pages.
Holly, Daisy, Jace, and Carter all have one thing in common; they are lost, grieving, and hurting. Life broke them to some degree. Yet, for individual reasons, they took a step in the direction to change the path they’re on. A step which changes the life of all four of them. By proving their existence each day, they learn to let go of the past and live the life they were meant to—find love, happiness, laughter, passion.
Dear Life takes you on a journey of self-discovery right alongside these characters. It has taught me it’s ok to struggle, I don’t have to have it all figured out yet, maybe ever, I can have bad days, complain about those day, sometimes even curse my life—even though I’ve been blessed with a very fortunate life—and all that matters in the end is how I cope with it.
For those who know me personally, the last six months have been hard on a very personal level. I didn’t know how to deal with the stress and anxiety the many changes in my life caused. Instead of coping, I ignored these issues and went about distracting myself the wrong way—because someone who’s blessed like I am isn’t allowed to complain too much—or so I thought. Dear Life taught me differently. I am allowed to feel down and depressed about my life sometimes, it all depends on the way I cope with it going forward. How I proof my existence. Life is too short to not live it.
And this is the one of the main reason I love this book so much. Some might not agree, some might not get anything out of it, but I certainly did, on multiple levels, and for this it will always hold a special place in my heart—and my library.
While this is a very personal book for me, Meghan Quinn also amazed me with her flawless writing, characters I felt a connection with on a deeper level, a plot I still keep thinking about, lessons I will never forget, and her honesty and beauty in each word she puts down on paper. If you read one book this year, please let it be this one. Be open for the wisdom and the beauty that will fill up your soul. You won’t be sorry. Go ahead and #ProofYourExistence