Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Weight of Life by Whitney Barbetti


“Don’t let go.” Those were my first words to him, as I hung over the side of a London bridge. The words I would soon say again, in a moment that didn’t involve bridges, but something much more fragile: my heart.

He held onto me for three weeks, in a time when I needed to be held. Needed to connect to someone who understood how loss tunneled unrepentantly through the fabric of your soul.

Although he said he'd stay, we both knew he wouldn't. I had already survived one loss—I didn't know if I'd survive another. 


She spun into my life like a tornado of smiles and chatter and everything else I'd long avoided, with a persistence that I admired, albeit begrudgingly. She broke down each neat wall I’d constructed without even trying. Her presence alone caused me to remember what it felt like to smile, to look forward to what the day would bring.

But it was only supposed to last three weeks.

“Don’t let go,” she’d pleaded.

I’d promised her I wouldn’t—but I would. I didn't have a choice.

This book very much is an emotional ride of moving on from losing someone and in this case both of the leading lady and man. We all grieve differently and what I found with Mila and Ames is that they found solace in each other to move on in life. Their spark together was instant from that first moment of “Don’t let go.” From there it is a whirlwind of passion and grit and angst. You fall in love with the characters as they feel like they could be your everyday person. It is finding what’s deeper inside to get to know someone regardless of how they entered into your life.
There were moments where I really loved how the raw emotions were brought forward when Ames and Mila were together. They played so well off each other. Overall, you were drawn into their ride of moving past the pain and finding love together at the most unexpected time and place. If you want a raw emotional book, then this is the one for you!

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