MY RATING : ★★★★
Published date : February 21,2017
Imagine your doctorate thesis is about biology, marine biology to be specific. And your lover’s cause of death is a jelly fish sting. Ironic, right? I would be so frustrated with the world if that happened and that was exactly the case for Shannon Fowler. In this novel, she offers a thoughtful view of death and how she copes with it. One thing that is sure is that we all have different manners to cope with it. From page to page, you can feel all the emotions she’s been through: rage, frustration, confusion, betrayal, the sadness that I can’t even imagine. This book was so provokingly human, it makes me want to live even more.
THE FEELS: I appreciate that Shannon shares her raw emotions with us; it feels like such an honour to be able to live through her words. Honestly, they are very simple words but they can have so much impact on my emotional state. I recently went through a mourning for a family member’s death and her words were directly touching me .
TRAVELS : As a biologist, she used to travel a lot. We get to experience many countries with her, at the same time. I think it’s amazing that she can get the strength to discover the world, and use traveling as a coping mechanism. I always thought that you discover so much about yourself when you travel and that’s exactly what she did.
THE CHARACTERS: I find the characters very lovely, we get to relive the flashbacks with Shannon and her fiance Sean. Talking about him gives her closure but it gives us a peek into their love life and we can understand more the pain behind his death.
THE PACE: It was the only thing that bothered me throughout this reading. The author switched back and forth a lot, into the future and back to the past, and it kind of confused my emotional states hahah. Sometimes, it was very slow and then other times we would have a lot of action. I guess that’s the feeling you have to be prepared for when you’re reading a memoir.
Thank you to Simon & Schuster Canada for giving me this book in exchange for an honest review!
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