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. (Goodreads)
I’m not going to beat around the bush with this review, this was hands down the best memoir I’ve ever read. From the very first pages I was hooked on Heather Chaplins’ story. I continued to devour this book in one sitting because I just couldn’t bring myself to look away.
As compelling as her story is, her writing style is what I couldn’t get enough of. She was so descriptive with the background, you felt as though you could have been there with her. Instead of reading this book, it felt like she was siting there with you, telling you her story in person. While releasing a novel is such a public way of sharing a story, while reading it, it felt so personal. This is the kind of memoir that makes you stop and think, it causes you to reflect on your personal experiences. I don’t want to give any details away on what happens in her story, because honestly I don’t think anyone other than Chaplin can do it justice. It’s brutally honest, it evokes almost every emotion from you. It has humour and it’s a little dark too.
I found that after reading her story I was still left with many questions, but mostly it left me with a feeling of hope. I think this is the type of story that a lot of people can relate to in one way or another, and maybe make them feel a little less alone. I highly recommend this story to anyone who has ever felt a little lost.