- File Size: 273 KB
- Print Length: 70 pages
- Publisher: Books by Elle, Inc. (April 28, 2017)
- Publication Date: April 28, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XX4TWDZ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,088 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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I loved the characters and flow of the first story, “High Heels & Ice Cream.” Ms. Krepps did a great job of writing her little piece of the world and the people in it, even those who were only mentioned briefly. Bri’s struggles were well-worded and real, and Carla was lovable through and through. The only complaint I have is that the story ended very abruptly! Maybe it’s just the beginning of something Ms. Krepps will expand on? I can only hope!
The second story, “Bloom”, was less enjoyable to read, and understandably so – there is no easy way to write about abuse. There were a couple of parts that I even considered walking away from for a minute; I hadn’t really known what to expect from this story, thus some of the details of Jen’s life with Cam bothered me. All in all, Ms. Katt did a pretty decent job of getting me into the mind an abused woman – I say ‘decent’ only because I feel like this story would be better if it were a bit longer. I wouldn’t necessarily want to read more of the horrific details, but I feel like Jen and her ending could’ve been rounded out better somehow.
I give this book four stars because I love the messages it sends, and the stories were solid – oh, but how I wish they weren’t so short!
High Heels and Ice Cream is clearly the more lighthearted of the two stories, but it still tugs at the reader’s heartstrings. As someone who is shy around beautiful women, I can relate to Brianna on a deep level. Hell, there are many things I have in common with her whether it’s mental illness of my own or aspirations to be a successful author. College was a lonely experience for me, so watching Brianna curl up inside herself as she fights her urges is heartbreaking to watch. I want her to find love and happiness with Carla, but there’s always that small chance Carla isn’t gay and might actually be homophobic. While I won’t spoil what happens at the end of this story, you will believe in love once again and you will reach for the light one of these days.
And then we have the dark and dour Bloom, a domestic abuse story that nearly drove me to tears. All Jen wants is a happy marriage with her husband Cam, but the way he beats and insults her is way too realistic of what goes on in these situations. Every traumatic nightmare Jen has, the reader will have as well. TL Katt’s descriptive language is so on-point that you have no choice but to squeeze your eyeballs dry at this one. Even more frustrating is when Cam’s family blames Jen for everything rather than see him for the psychopath that he really is. If they won’t help her through the PTSD, somebody else has to. Jen needs her friends and family in the worst way. Will she reach for the light and look forward to a better day? Read and judge for yourself.
I encourage all of my readers to pick up a copy of Reaching For the Light and spread its message to everybody they meet. Proceeds from the book sales will go to mental illness charities. Being mentally ill isn’t something society should be afraid of. It’s not about “craziness” or “bats in the belfry”. These people need love and respect just like any other member of our community. Treat them well and end the stigmas surrounding mental illness. As someone with schizophrenia and autism, I’m a proud supporter of this book’s goals. An extra credit grade is in order for this beautifully-written collaboration by two amazing authors.