Author: Abby Fabiaschi
Sourced: DC public library for the win, but available on Amazon for $14
Meows: 4.12 out of 5 meows
*Read at your own risk, it may contain spoilers.
Maddy, Brady, and Eve are all dealing with the same heartbreak—Maddy’s death. Each moment told consecutively by all three characters in a chapter, the story of Maddy’s life and death are revealed as Eve and Brady try to find ways to cope and to move on without the matriarch of the household. A book about celebrating life, upholding memories, and finding what’s important at any age, I Liked My Life asks the reader to cope with suicide, family secrets, and the aftermath of a death that comes too soon.
“Mom would say you were named after the most inspiring, independent woman she knew. That’s what she wanted for you, you know? She believed everyone had the right to create their own life, so she was inherently wary of people who told her how to live.”
“Everyone has a history. Sadness isn’t mine alone. It only feels that way because my friends are too young to know the kind of pain that leaves you physically heavier than before.”
“When life world gives you a hard time, pick up a book and join another.”
“Mock me all you want, but I’ve been thinking about mortality a lot too; maybe that’s the age we’re at. And the best I can come up with is this: we’re given the gift of life with the consequence of death. I think it’d be a mistake to focus on the consequences instead of the gift.”
“Plant yourself in place that gives you room to grow; let the light in; everyone needs help to survive; have patience.”
TOE BEANS VALUE
In case you missed the disclaimer above, this section contains small spoilers. I really loved this book, but I didn’t love it until the end. I had a very hard time with the way suicide was discussed for the majority of the book. It felt sensationalized a bit and given the amount of suicides that happen every day, and for young people especially, I was really nervous about liking this book. But thankfully, because of what we learn in the last few pages, we know that Fabiaschi isn’t taking that view on suicide.
I think the most amazing part of this book is the way I Liked My Life talked about how we all struggle with death—the fear of it, the choice of what’s important on a day to day basis, and what it takes to rebuild a relationship after you’re broken to the core. There were so many good quotes from all the characters, and I really enjoyed the way Fabiaschi is able to capture the psyche and feelings without it feeling repetitive or cliche. In the end, I called my mom just to tell her I love her and for that reason alone, I’m giving this book 8 out of 10 toe beans. I know that I will definitely re-read this book again and I hope you pick it up at your local library soon.
Also special thanks to my boss lady for the book recommendation!
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