*Deep Breaths* Gosh, where do I start? I just finished this book last night and it feels like it’s wrapped in knots around my soul. My heart hurts, my eyes are still puffy from the tears. I can’t stop thinking about Riah’s story. This book literally took my breath away. I didn’t think anything could come close to Therapy, my first read from Kathryn. Oh how I was wrong, so VERY wrong. I should’ve known this woman was going to knock me on my butt again with another powerful read.
This book was so raw, emotional, gut-wrenching and laced with love, hurt, regret and sorrow in every page. While you are reading you can’t help but reflect on your own life. Your regrets, choices and your own actions. Mental illness is a very silent killer. You can’t see it most of the time, when you do see it or are able to recognize it, you are left confused and most don’t understand. Unless you have dealt with it directly in life, either with yourself, or a loved one it’s difficult to grasp. It not only affects the person carrying the illness but everyone around them also.
I cried through the entire book. Sometimes it was tears of sorrow, other times tears of joy. Think if you had to go back through your life through a series of mirrors. Would you like what you saw? Would you carry regrets? Would you wish you could go back and change everything?
This book touched me so deeply. I was reading Riah’s story but couldn’t help think of my own family member that I have watched suffer for the past 37 years of my life. There is only so much you can do to help. Unless you make someone realize they need help and they choose to help themselves, even at that point they are still struggling to get through every day.
Show the ones you love how much you love them every day. Remind those around you how much you appreciate them, need them and respect them. Remember to laugh. Remember to be kind. Think of Riah. I can guarantee you once you do; your perspective on whatever you are going through may change in an instant.
Kathryn, NEVER stop writing. Never stop pouring your heart into words. This book was beyond fantastic. Everyone needs to stop what you’re doing and pick up Letters Written in White. 5+++ Stars for this utterly amazing, gut-wrenching, beautiful book from Kathryn Perez!!
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