Saturday, October 13, 2012

Book Review: I Wrote This For You by pleasefindthis

I'm sure every single person on this planet has had moments in his or her life where things just don't work out the way they want them to. Maybe you're hungry but there's no more milk left to suck out of the bottle. Maybe you got caught in a sudden downpour and your socks are squelching and gross. Maybe you just broke up with someone you really love. Maybe you got fired from work and now you don't know what to do. These are the moments when you feel hurt or angry or listless or sad. But sometimes, there are little things that end up brightening your day, even if its by the smallest of degrees. This book is one of those little things.

"I Wrote This For You" is a collection of nearly 200 of the most beautiful and meaningful entries about life, love, loss, beginnings, ending, and, above all, hope. Each of the four distinct chapters--Sun, Moon, Stars, Rain--explores the different facets of these themes of our lives and, in the process, brings readers to an understanding of themselves.

The photographs, the chapter titles, and the entries themselves all work together beautifully to really tug at your heart strings. What struck me was how personal each and every entry was. Being a hopeless romantic myself, I could relate to or at least imagine the emotions and images behind the simply-worded sentences. I can't help but to connect my own personal experiences to what's written on the page--which is precisely what the author had intended. Here's one of my favourite entries:

I don't know if you felt that or not. 
But it felt like two people kissing after hours of thinking about it. 
It felt like two people talking after nights of silence. 
It felt like two people touching after weeks of being numb. 
It felt like two people facing each other after months of looking away.
It felt like two people in love after years of being alone. 
And it felt like two people meeting each other, after an entire lifetime of not meeting each other.

It's so beautiful. The emotions wrought in the words really call out to you, almost to the point where they're palpable. You feel the relief, the breathtaking moment when you finally do that something or meet that someone. You become both the 'me' and the 'you'. There's a sweet sadness behind it, but, at the same time, there's hope, too. The simplicity of the language really reminds me that life is just that--it's not some grand movie or drama on a stage. Instead, life is life and nothing more. We smile, laugh, cry, yell, have good moments and bad moments, and, in the end, it comes down to us living through each and every day.

This short, sweet book is really a story of your own life. It really touches something inside of you, and I even went on the blog that the entries were originally from to read more. The words linger, and that's truly the most important gift a book can ever give you. I highly recommend picking up a copy--it will stay with you for days, if not years.

Rating: 5/5

Also, check out the blog for a taste of what "I Wrote This For You" is like! You won't regret it.

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