Books Reviews

Book Review: What I Know Now (Letters To My Younger Self)

Blurb 

If you could send a letter back through time to your younger self, what would the letter say?

In this moving collection, forty-one famous women write letters to the women they once were, filled with advice and insights they wish they had had when they were younger. The list of women includes Maya Angelou, Madeleine Albright, Queen Noor of Jordan, Cokie Roberts, Naomi Wolf, Eileen Fisher, Jane Kaczmarek, Olympia Dukakis, Macy Gray, and many others. Their letters contain rare glimpses into the personal lives of extraordinary women and powerful wisdom that readers will treasure.

      The Review 

The premise of writing to a younger self is interesting and one that I am fascinated by as someone who has kept journals from a very young age. There is bound to be one letter in the book that resonates with the experience of the reader and I’m glad the women chose to share intimate moments of their lives with us. I did find myself skipping through a lot of the introductory paragraphs to read the letters partly because the book needed more diverse voices. Joyce Rouche, Maya Angelou and Queen Noor are the only women of colour in the book which is a real let down. Whilst the letters don’t always hit the mark, the ones that do are real gems!

Key Reflection 

We only notice lessons in life when we pay attention and take time out to reflect and learn from our experiences.

Top Quote

The universe is like a pension plan. It will match your investment. – Camryn Manheim

Rating

✯✯✯ – Hit and Miss

Guide to Book Review Rating
✯ – Meh
✯✯ – Read at your own risk
✯✯✯ – Hit and Miss
✯✯✯✯- Hooked
✯✯✯✯✯- Life Companion. Thank me later!

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