Date finished: January 30, 2018

Rating: ★★★★

The Rules Do Not Apply, Ariel Levy

More than almost any memoir I’ve read in the last few years, Levy really excels at painting herself on the page in her lowest, most difficult moments. Many writers — understandably — have a hard time revealing their worst flaws for potentially thousands and thousands of people to read. Levy doesn’t have this problem; her heartache and hatred and inner turmoil are ours to soak in, and I cried more than once. A good story, but I read this one — and recommend it — for the writing alone.

(If you liked this one, try The Chronology of Water, which is even more well-written and devastating.)

Photo courtesy @deardamsels (Instagram)

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