Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Release Day Review: Reckless Years: A Diary of Love and Madness by Heather Chaplin

Title: Reckless Years: A Diary of Love and Madness 
Author: Heather Chaplin 
Source: Publisher 
Publisher: Simon & Schuster 
Published: July 11th, 2017 
Purchase: Amazon | B&N 

Summary: In this page-turning memoir, a woman tries to reinvent her life after divorce and discovers that sometimes finding yourself is not all it’s cracked up to be.

Trapped in a dissatisfying marriage for nearly a decade, New York journalist Heather Chaplin finally summons the courage to leave. On her own, she finds herself intoxicatingly free, pursuing adventure, and juggling romance on two continents in multiple cities. She contemplates the meaning of life; she falls for a handsome Irishman.

But as the adventures progress, Chaplin’s own reckless choices send her spiraling downward—and toward a reckoning she’s avoided all her life. Pulled from Chaplin’s own diaries, Reckless Years is a raw, propulsive debut: unfailingly profound and impossible to put down. 




This is one of the most unique memoirs I’ve read to date. Author Heather Chaplin tells her story through the Moleskine journals she started keeping the day she realized she no longer loved her husband. After finding the courage to leave her unhappy marriage, she is free to experience one adventure after another, and she lives life vivaciously but also at times recklessly. I admire the things she shared about herself and the details she did not hold back. Not many people would share their inner voices with the world without a fair amount of sugar-coating. But this brave and remarkable woman does just that. I could tell you a bit about what happens within these pages and try to keep it spoiler-free, but why would I when Heather does such a remarkable job of telling you herself? The settings are fantastic, my favorite being her visit to Dublin; and her encounters throughout the book are fascinating. This autobiography is utterly absorbing and sometimes heartbreaking – but ultimately, inspiring. Her garden epiphany made me sob and then smile. Ms. Chaplin’s writing is beautiful; it is so honest, her story so authentic, that I was incapable of putting it down, and I implore you to pick it up.

A huge thank-you to Simon & Schuster for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 
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8 comments:

  1. I don't often pick up memoirs or autobiographies, but this one looks very interesting. I would like to know more.

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    1. I normally don't either, Heidi; but I've been trying to read more, and I'm so glad I had the opportunity to read this one. It's absolutely riveting. Heather Chaplin is a wonderful writer.

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  2. This sounds like a good one! It takes someone very brave to put themselves out there like that!

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    1. Really good! She's a very brave lady indeed. <3

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  3. While I am not drawn to memoirs you do have me curious Michele.

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    1. Totally understand, Kim; but should you decide to read one, this is the one to start with ;)

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  4. What a fearless woman this author is. It makes you wonder if you'd (aka me) would be this brave tbh.

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    1. Absolutely! And the way she tells her story is riveting.

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