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Honesty, pain, struggle and a lust for life.
on 14 July 2013
This is a book that many people are going to take in a very different way, and all I can do is tell you how this inspired me. Charlotte's story is a rare one, but the sentiments behind every motive and action is something we all feel at some point in our life.
This is uniquely beautiful, every word breathes honesty, pain, struggle and lust for life. Soaked with Charlotte's own inspirations in life, it's natural that this pours into your own life. This was certainly the case for me. Very few people take the time to look backwards into their lives, even fewer would write so honestly about it. This is how a journey is made. Yearning for life oozes out every word and it becomes easy to understand why a person would choose to live a life in the way Charlotte has done, it's easy to admire her choices and struggles.
There are aspects that are painful to read, but this is reflective of real life. Each dark part is counteracted by the small but beautiful things in life, highlighting why it's important to live the life you wish to.
This isn't a story of climbing to the top of the game, it's a story of fighting to stay floating above the surface. When you have any kind of dream or ambition, that really is all you can hope to do. There's no suggestion of an idyllic living, it's gritty and dirty, but it's bearable; it's maintained by art. Some people will get that, some people won't.
There's something that everybody can see, it takes a special kind of person to take these risks and to take on what feels like the entire world. It doesn't matter who you are, but this will leave you reflecting on your own life, wishes and choices.
This isn't a phrase I often use, perhaps never before. This is a book that has the potential to change your life. It's certainly helped me on my own journey.
Is this something that's about to become a classic novel? Certainly not, but that isn't the intention. It's so much stronger than that.