I Don't Belong Here


Non-Fiction - Anthology
218 Pages
Reviewed on 09/12/2018
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Free Book Program, which is open to all readers and is completely free. The author will provide you with a free copy of their book in exchange for an honest review. You and the author will discuss what sites you will post your review to and what kind of copy of the book you would like to receive (eBook, PDF, Word, paperback, etc.). To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

I Don't Belong Here: Essays by Melissa Grunow is a compendium of essays that explores one of the most powerful existential realities we face every day, one that defines our sense of security, freedom, and self-worth — belonging. In a style that is unique, a voice that is both intimate and authoritative, the author examines the root causes of alienation and shows the link between rejection or alienation and identity crisis. While the primary audience of this book is comprised of women, the author articulates on themes that encompass the overall human experience. She writes with unusual courage and clarity and, as though stripping and laying bare the pain in the human soul, she speaks about realities such as death, mental illness, sexuality, trauma, and rejection. The writing is poignantly arresting, filled with compelling imagery and insights into the art of living in a hostile world.

In a world where people are treated more and more like objects and made to feel banal, where individuals feel terribly lonely in the midst of teeming crowds, Melissa Grunow's voice becomes the clarion call that reminds us all of the importance of our long-forgotten sense of hospitality and humanity. While addressing one of the deepest pains that eat into the human soul and psyche, this book offers powerful insights on life, meaning, and purpose. Grunow speaks to the soul with words that are filled with meaning, light and hope, lifting the veil and allowing the reader to understand where they hurt most deeply.

This book is a powerful tool that creates a strong awareness of how our indifference, violence, and rejection can hurt others and rob them of their humanity. I Don't Belong Here: Essays is engaging, entertaining, and thought-provoking; the writing is fluid and composed for the heart. One gets the feeling they are reading from an author who has paid great attention to their pain and has the ability to see beyond their brokenness. This book will help you understand your own alienation and find the tools to reclaim your humanity, your identity. A gift that is as intimate as it is precious.