Meghan Quinn blew me away with this novel. ‘Dear Life’ was my second book by this author and while it was so different than the first, I loved it as much. Meghan delivers an amazing story, so well written, compelling and thought-provoking, and…so different from what I had expected and from what I read so far. I’m rarely blown away by an author or, in this case, a story, but Meghan Quinn managed to impress me and move me so much with this engaging, emotional read. She managed to make me feel so much and to be invested in these characters’ stories from beginning until the end.
“You bring four strangers together who know nothing about each other and expose their brokenness, their common heartbreaks, and give them a reason to breathe. The mutual need for companionship, for understanding.”
‘Dear Life’ tells the story of four people who, despite the fact they are different from each other, have something in common – all four of them are trying to deal with whatever life throws at them as best as they can. Hollyn, Jace, Daisy and Carter are defeated and lost in their own way. Each one of them is trying to deal with something different, each one of them has a unique story to tell and each one of them is desperate to prove their existence. These four people meet each other when they attend a program called ‘Dear Life’, a program that is supposed to help them learn to live again.
“Prove your existence. That’s your new motto to live by. What did you do today to prove your existence, what are you doing tomorrow to prove your existence in this world?”
Hollyn and Jace are dealing with a big loss. Both of them know how is to lose someone, how to feel empty, how not to feel anything anymore and both of them want to learn to live again, to learn how to flip the page to a new chapter. Daisy and Carter are so different from each other, yet similar in so many ways. Both of them desire freedom, in two different ways, both of them wanting a change in their lives.
”Until you face your fears, push through, you will never know what’s waiting for you on the other side.”
‘Dear Life’ is not a story only about life, like the title suggests. It’s a story about grief, learning to move on and healing, about the fantastic voyage of self-discovery, about family and friends, about love and so much more. This enthralling read was more than raw, more than honest, more than touching – it was REAL. Every word, every sentence, every character was REAL and every character moved me in a way or another, every single one of their stories giving me all the feels.
I loved how the story was built, how it progressed, how these characters’ stories were interlinked. The plot was fantastically developed and I loved the multiple POVs. Hollyn, Jace, Daisy and Carter were wonderfully portrayed characters I came to like and sympathize with from the start. I liked the fact that all of them were so different from each other. All of them were unique, all of them had so much depth, all of them were endearing in their own way. And that’s why I can’t say I have a favorite character, because I truly loved every one of them, loved their portrayals and loved their roles in the others characters’ stories.
Every single one of these characters’ story was emotional, thought-provoking and so well written. From the very beginning I wanted so badly for them to heal, to find peace, to find freedom. I experienced every single one of their emotions, each one of them holding me at the edge of my seat for one reason or another.
If you are looking for something different, for something poignant, for something honest and real, don’t hesitate and read this one. Read it, experience it, live it and love it as much as I did! Ahh…and one last thing…I absolutely loved the author’s note in the end. All my respect and admiration for her for not only writing this wonderful story, but also for sharing a piece of her with her readers.
About the Author
Born in New York and raised in Southern California, Meghan has grown into a sassy, peanut butter eating, blonde haired swearing, animal hoarding lady. She is known to bust out and dance if “It’s Raining Men” starts beating through the air and heaven forbid you get a margarita in her, protect your legs because they may be humped.
Once she started commuting for an hour and twenty minutes every day to work for three years, she began to have conversations play in her head, real life, deep male voices and dainty lady coos kind of conversations. Perturbed and confused, she decided to either see a therapist about the hot and steamy voices running through her head or start writing them down. She decided to go with the cheaper option and started writing… enter her first novel, Caught Looking.
Now you can find the spicy, most definitely on the border of lunacy, kind of crazy lady residing in Colorado with the love of her life and her five, furry four legged children, hiking a trail or hiding behind shelves at grocery stores, wondering what kind of lube the nervous stranger will bring home to his wife. Oh and she loves a good boob squeeze!