Book Review: Dear Life by Meghan Quinn

Dear Life…

Book Description:

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.

 

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My Thoughts:

I need to state right up front that this was an AWESOME novel. I’ll confess that I bought it entirely on impulse because I loved the cover. Now, having read the novel, hardly unable to put it down for two nights in a row, I’m ready to rave about it. This novel is entirely unique, it’s funny, sad, gut wrenchingly beautiful, and so entirely relatable.

The characters are perfectly crafted, their personalities realistically balanced in a way that gives weight to the story. These are real people, at once familiar and endearing. Four souls, each lost in their own way and connected to each other through mutual acquaintances, meet in a self-help group called ‘Dear Life’. The novel is arranged around the stages of the program, each stage forming a chapter (quite long) in which each of the four characters alternate with their point of view. Each section/chapter concludes with the ‘Dear Life’ letters each character has to write as part of their commitment to the program, addressing their personal journey through that particular stage. It’s clever and unique, this arrangement, and the letters provide an added layer of dimension to the story that is heartfelt and honest, showcasing their individual emotional journey from start to finish.

Did I have a favourite character? Not really, but a special mention needs to be made of Daisy. She was just gold. Her innocence could have so easily become annoying but it never did! She was wonderful, spreading her special brand of cheer to all who encountered her.

Woven into the fabric of this story was the notion of family, in the most non-traditional sense. At its very heart was the search for yourself and your tribe. Own your life. Make your own family. Accept what life has thrown at you. Cheesy? Not even a little bit. This novel would be perfect for adaptation into a TV series (seriously, I want this as a TV series!!!) with each section as an episode (see, I have it all worked out!).

Special thanks to the author, Meghan Quinn, for her own deeply personal and heartfelt ‘Dear Life’ letter at the end. Love your work. ♡♡♡