‘What are you going through?’, a seemingly simple question but one that makes a world of difference.
While honouring her dying friend’s last wish, the author is forced to face and embrace the harsh truths of life hitherto overlooked but no longer avoidable. Without meaning to, she embarks on a quest to uncover the meaning of life, presenting her experiences as it is, all the while staying true to her innermost thoughts and emotions.
Although contained in about 150 pages, this is by no means, a breezy read; it’s quite a test of patience as you unravel the shifting thoughts, incidents and conversations, each thought-provoking and complex in its own way, until you reach the crux of what the author is trying to convey. There’s enough food for thought – the true meaning of life, the changing nature of relationships, the inevitability of death and navigating toxic family dynamics, to name a few. Some of the experiences shared in the book are too painful yet it makes us confront the harsh realities of life. For a book that explores the dark and poignant theme of death, there was enough humour, guaranteed to make the reader laugh out loud in certain areas.