I picked this book up on a quest for finding books on grief. I started dealing with my grief (and all the stress it caused) about fifteen years since it began. Which is a long time. Society doesn't always give room for grief and sometimes when the situations are all wrong, it can be a rough solo go of it.
This was in the linkages from a grief book so I chucked it in the cart and bought it. As the title states, it's a collection of essays from various authors that covers broken relationships, hurt friendships and feeling stuck, mental disorders and career issues.
Title: Read This If: A Collection of Essays that Prove Someone Else Gets It, Too
Page Number: 164 pages (paperback)
Genre: non-fiction, self-help
Publisher: Thought Catalog, an imprint of the Thought and Expression Company
You are an individual-your very own set of specific characteristics and experiences and emotions. And yet, so much of what you're going through is relatable to so many others. This book will show you that you are never alone. Read this book if nobody texted you good morning. Read this book if you're worried that you'll never find the one. Read this book if there's something you can't forgive yourself for. Whatever you're feeling, this book will help you to feel understood.
I wasn't entirely moved by the essays, but I did think that most of them were quite nice. A few were a but shallow. It's hard to recommend or not recommend as I think sometimes you can read an essay and go "yes, that's written for me!" and other times you're like, "why is someone struggling with this?"
The length of the essays are fairly short, most only a few pages in length. I think you can get a vague idea of interest by the chapter headings (essay titles):
There were some authors that I preferred over others, which is normal. I felt in some ways that this book has some content that is for every age but overall trends towards 25 and younger. Granted, some of these issues pop up all through life, but the first time people start dealing with this stuff is in high school and in their twenties.
I rated it three stars (okay, I liked it) because I did like it! It was okay. I think the essays were shorter than I would have liked...and perhaps I would have cut some in order to maintain length as there are some that are strangely included (to me). I think they were trying to be overly inclusive with ages (23, high school girl and 25) but I would have preferred something more intense, longer and not so ... segmented. I don't know. It also didn't really have anything to do with death (this is fine) but since I've had friend and relationship troubles in my life, I enjoyed those essays.
The first chapter is actually on the Thought Catalog website, "Read This If No One Texted You Good Morning." It does set the tone for the rest of the book, which is good. Although if you're snarky you'd be like, "why yes, I got several texts from my work colleagues...all who are having a small panic attack over something insignificant!" Obviously that's not what is meant.
The cover for the book is really pretty though isn't it?