New book, new review! When I love a book or even like it, I want to share it with you guys! You will rarely ever see reviews about books that I don’t like, because always I want to share something with you that I enjoyed and hope you enjoy too.
‘The Year I Met You’ by Cecelia Ahern is a book about woman called Jasmine who loses her job. She gets fired and her world stops. When you’re a workaholic and are constantly busy busy busy the stillness of life can seem devastating and completely horrifying. This can result to feelings such as unworthiness. Jasmin struggles with those feelings and so much more. However the book follows her as she discovers more about herself, and about the people she had made a snap judgement about and overlooked when she was living her ‘busy’ life.
I really enjoyed this book. The first time I read it, I gave up about 50 pages in, however I decided to pick it up. I have a habit of finishing what I start. Anyway I picked it up an I am so glad I did. This book was entertaining but more than that it made me think – it made me think about my life. Jasmines character really resonated with me, I have finished Uni and I am currently living in the gap between school and work. It can be extremely daunting and terrifying to not know whats next. Jasmine has been fired and is not allowed to work for a whole year. When you’re constantly doing something and it stops its unbearable at times. This is why I related to Jasmine so much.
I also found the narration very different and unique. It is written in first person but the book is written to someone. It is as if the whole book is a long letter to another character in the book, for example “my heart pounds and I’m sure you can feel it too”. I have never come across a book that is written in such a format. I found it unique, slightly out of my comfort zone and completely brilliant.
The book also deals with treatment of people with down syndrome. Jasmines sister, Heather has down syndrome and through the novel, Ahern educates the readers about the realities of the condition. It highlights real issues such as people with down syndrome being stared at or talked about or treated as their stupid. She cleverly educates and highlights these issues to change perspectives, she certainly changed mine.
I think this is a beautiful book about friendship, finding yourself and asking for help when you need it the most. I have a few quotes that I love and want to share with you guys.
“Often the slow pace of change can be painful, lonely and confusing, but without us realising it happening, it happens”.
“Just as when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly”.
It is honestly one of the best feel good books I have read. I love the message behind it, which is that its okay to stop sometimes, even when life forces it on you. When you stop, appreciate everything around you and take time to get to know yourself.
That is for today, I gave the book 5/5 on goodreads. See you soon.