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Reviewed by Carolina Restrepo for Readers' Favorite
Gail Marie delights us with her life’s story through heart-wrenching poems that not only make you re-evaluate your life but also be appreciative of the one you already have. These poems are filled with love, sorrow, hate, traumas, childhood, diseases, and their endless ramifications in someone’s life, in this case, Gail and her family. Even though it all sounds like a terrible and sad story, there is light at the end of the tunnel. It is accompanied by many life lessons for every single person out there who happens to read this story. Gail demonstrates that even though life is hard and perhaps cruel, perseverance and determinism take you a long way into a better and bright future.
Reading this not only broke me but woke me up. Life can’t go by any longer without us appreciating the good things in our lives the moment they are happening; we should cherish those moments as they are happening instead of remembering them. After reading this I can say I am lucky enough to have been able to go to the other room and hug my mom. In many ways, I feel connected to the writer and some of her feelings and experiences. This collection of poems is a raw telling of Gail's life, and it deserves praise and respect. It must have been hard to write this and publish it for the world to see. Gail's story came to me when I most needed it and I can't be happier to have read it and made it part of my life.