ARC-Book Review! A Blogging Reader’s Review after reading ‘Dear Life’ by Meghan Quinn.
(This review will also be posted on Amazon.com and Goodreads.com)
Title: DEAR LIFE
Author: Meghan Quinn
Publishing date: January 5th, 2017
(Review based on an ARC-early copy)
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The Synopsis for ‘DEAR LIFE’ :
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.
Please be kind.
Yours truly, Hollyn, Jace, Daisy, and Carter.
My ‘Blogging Reader’s ARC Review’ for DEAR LIFE by author Meghan Quinn:
The latest novel titled “Dear Life” by author Meghan Quinn, will take you on such an emotional journey and in a few instances is a tear-jerkier. This novel falls under the genres of New Adult and Contemporary Romance. Dear Life is written from the four main characters’ P.O.V.’s (Point of views) which are Hollyn, Daisy, Carter, and Jace.
All four of these characters must finally face the trials and tribulations that could easily break them and will undoubtedly change the course of their lives. As they struggle to progress in life, they are each introduced to a program called Dear Life, that is meant to help them face whatever personal challenges they are struggling with. One deals with the death of her husband, another deals with facing the world after a sheltered upbringing, one faces the aftermath of a selfless and painful choice they made for their baby, and another deals with having had nothing but a negative and tough life growing up.
Hollyn knew happiness and love but when her life is drastically turned upside down, she buries herself in the all consuming sadness she feels. Jace has a promising career as a professional baseball player but his life brings him to a place where he must make a heavy decision while trying to keep it out of the public eye. He must face the toughest choice of his life and the emotional results of it all. Next, you have Daisy. She’s been raised by her grandmother and finds it challenging to finally have to face everything that is new in her life. And then you have Carter. Despite having parents that were selfish addicts, and being raised by a mean uncle, he’s always had a dream that has been his constant light at the end of his unpleasant tunnel. He struggles to look beyond the negative that has become his normal perspective in life.
“Dear Life” is not your average romantic novel. It digs deeper and touches on dynamics that will, in one moment, just rip at your heart then flip completely, and tug at one’s heartstrings. Will life break Jace, Hollyn, Carter, and Daisy, or is there really a way they can grow past their obstacles in life? Will the the Dear Life program actually introduce them to something good or will it just make things worse? And when one door closes, no matter how painful it is, will the next lead them toward a place of growth and healing? Can they each succeed in the program and truly overcome whatever drawback or hurdle they’ve been dealt? This novel was quite unique and touching. I highly recommend this novel for those who love a great story that will emotionally hold onto you until the very end. And to Meghan Quinn, it was a beautiful addition to add the personal touch at the end. You should definitely add “Dear Life” to your life! ❤
MY BLOGGING READER’S STAR RATING: ‘DEAR LIFE’ 5 out of 5 stars:
How I imagined Hollyn, Jace, Daisy, and Carter while reading ‘DEAR LIFE’:
★★★MEMORABLE QUOTES & LINES FROM ‘DEAR LIFE’★★★
Hollyn’s thoughts: What was supposed to be a love of everlasting armor was easily cracked, broken, and lost. Sorrow, anguish, and heartache pour from my eyes, coating my cheeks and soaking my shirt in a collection of lost memories. This is it, this is my life full of… nothing.
Jace’s thoughts: They are glazed over with sleep but I take this moment, I take it like a greedy fucking bastard and savor it. Eye contact. Inwardly, I speak to her, begging her to remember me, to know me, to believe me when I say I love her.
Carter’s words: “I lost the one thing that was going to change my life and put me on the right track, that was going to set me free. I know how you feel, Snowflake, wanting that freedom.” A little more quietly, looking down at his hands, he adds, “I know all too well.”
Daisy’s thoughts: The reflection in the mirror is the girl I’ve always known. She’s sheltered, naive, old-fashioned, maybe a little outdated, slightly childish. I’ve always liked her, but maybe there is more for the girl in the mirror. Maybe it’s time for her to grow up. Maybe she’s not as likeable as I once thought. I want there to be more.
Carter and Jace: “Daisy and I are completely different. She’s exploring the world for the first time. I know the shit the world has to offer.”
“But you’re helping her,” I add.
He shrugs his shoulders. “There is something about her I like. She fascinates me. If I have to do this program, I might as well help her on her journey.”
Carter’s thoughts: She renewed my spirit with one simple, yet gorgeous smile. How is that even possible? That this woman, who knows nothing except how to be positive, can have such an effect on me? Either way, for whatever reason, I crave to be around her right now. She’s the only bright spot in my life. It might not be permanent -it can’t be permanent -but I’m going to be a selfish bastard and soak her up as much as possible, because at least around her, I don’t hate myself as much.
Jace and Hollyn: “Don’t throw that away on a few wasted words that were said in the heat of the moment but meant nothing. Like you said, don’t devalue what you had because of a mistake.”
He pauses, allowing time for his words to sink in. Shaking his head, eyes cast down, he chuckles. “Fuck, I hate that what we are going through is so similar and yet, so different.”
“Like we were meant to find each other. Help each other.”
“As if we were brought together in this world, at the most difficult times in our lives, to be mad, but with a purpose.”
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