Monday, September 28, 2015

The Journey Stuff by Diane Lee

Love and Other Stuff: The Journey is a memoir/diary styled book.  It is the 6th part in her series, each picking up from the last. 
 
In the sixth installment of her Love and Other Stuff series Diane Lee discusses her realization that the personal discovery is what matters in one's journey through life rather than the final destination.   She shows through trials and tribulations we develop as individuals and come to terms with the fact that life is both beautiful and ugly, lucky and unfair.  She provides insight and knowledge through her own experiences and determination.
 
Diane's book is brutally honest, raw, and sincere.  She is witty and bears her soul within not only this book, but all the books in the series.  She bears her soul, and lays everything out in the open.  She holds nothing back and that makes her writing amazing.  The book is set up like a diary of sorts and that gives the reader a feel of intimacy, a close, personal look into Diane's life.  One of the portions I loved most about the book was her letter to her 16 year old self.  It was a great thought to look back on time and remember things and realize things about yourself since that time.  Diane includes a lot of interesting insights and thoughts about a variety of "stuff." 

Diane does a wonderful job with this book, she expresses things we sometimes are a little too afraid to express.  She takes issues some may feel is mundane and turns it around and makes it entertaining.  She uses humor and a smile to tackle the things in her own life that she has stumbled upon, allowing the reader to feel not so alone in the things they deal with.  She doesn't turn things into sappy and "woe-is-me" but keeps it upbeat and happy.  It is refreshing to read an author who does that and who approaches life with a sense of hiding nothing.  Through her words, we feel we are life-long friends with Diane, getting together to catch up on life's cruel but fun journey.  I found myself whipping through this novel, early turning the page to see what wisdom Diane Lee has next.  Now that I have read part 6, I need to go back and read parts 1-5.  I couldn't get enough of this book, and I don't think you would either. 

I would recommend this book to everyone. I think from time to time we all need to read something like this series to get a better perspective on things.  I give her a 5 out of 5 for a rating and look forward to reading other books in the series.
 
** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**

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