Tuesday, 9 August 2016
Book Review: Becoming by Laura Jane Williams
I've been so excited to shout about this book since it landed on my doormat...I just knew it would be everything I hoped it would be.
Laura Jane Williams is a ridiculously talented writer from the UK and author of one of my favourite blogs - Superlatively Rude. I've read Laura's blog for a good few years now and one of the reason's I'm such a fan is the way that Laura is BRUTALLY honest in her writing. No holding back - just her own, raw experiences tapped onto her keyboard and shared with the world. Very brave move but one that I'm so glad she has done.
As a twenty something myself there are many blog posts of Laura's that I read and think - 'that's so me' or 'ohhhh - so that's why I felt like that'. Reading Laura's blog is like sharing your darkest secrets with a best friend and getting the validation behind why something makes you feel a certain way or how you can get out of that negative situation. She has this incredible way of writing that makes you feel like you've known her for years...her book really made me want to be her friend!
We all get it. We get that 'what am I doing with my life' feeling - waving around us throughout our twenties and making us feel unsteady. Becoming is Laura's thoughts, feelings and experiences of that time and how she has grown into a strong woman from page one to the last chapter. Oh and this is Laura's first book!
The book wasn't just an insight into Laura's life. It taught me a thing or two and I realised some things about myself too. And this book ain't even a self-help book! Amazing.
It taught me to be patient, to not criticise myself so much when I feel like I don't have a plan or an answer. It made me realise it's okay that maybe I once made bad decisions, fell in love too quickly, had too many shots or cried all my makeup off. All of that stuff doesn't make you a 'loser', a 'freak' or a 'psycho!'. All of that stuff makes you totally human.
Above everything else that happened in the book - and I'm not telling you what happened because you HAVE to buy a copy and read it - I felt like this is really the beginning of Laura's becoming and I think there is so much more that Laura will share.
The way the book is written is so honest, so truthful (sometimes graphic!) - it's like you can picture sitting sipping margaritas with Laura while she tells you about her memoirs...I don't think I've ever read something that made me feel so right there and with the author before. Maybe that's because as young women we get scared to spill the beans and tell all. But MASSIVE pat on the back to Laura for spilling her beans.
We live in such a 'filtered' world these days it's nice to be able to read something that we can all really relate to. Laura is an inspiration to me and I'm sure many others...
Buy Laura's incredible book via Amazon. And if you fancy reading more books like Becoming then come and join my book club - https://www.facebook.com/groups/gozengirls/
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