Book Review | Laurel Everywhere by Erin Moynihan

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★★★★★

“Severe loss. Those two words don’t cut it, they don’t even get close to describing it.”
— Erin Moynihan, Laurel Everywhere

This book is a phenomenally heartbreaking exploration of grief and mental health.  I tend not to read many books like this that center around loss, but I’m so glad I decided to give this one a try; I zoomed through this book in only a few hours and experienced so many intense emotions in that time.  As someone who does not have a lot of experience with grief, especially not to the extent that Laurel deals with, this book gave me a real and raw look into what it might be like.  I usually try to avoid thinking about losing people close to me, especially my family, but reading this book actually made me realize just how lucky I am to have them.  There’s nothing like reading a book like this to really snap into perspective how fragile life is and how important it is to cherish time spent with loved ones.

Moynihan does a fantastic job of creating relatable and lovable characters; I grew especially attached to Laurel and immensely enjoyed reading from her perspective.  Even as she struggles with losing her family, coming to terms with her sexuality and her feelings for her best friend, and forgiving her dad and the man who killed her family, she still finds love and compassion in her heart for herself and others.  Although reading about Laurel’s struggles in such a candid way was hard, there were so many great moments and insights from her that got me through.

Moynihan’s writing is beautiful and raw, and extremely impressive considering this is her debut.  I can’t wait to see what else she has in store for us in the future!