An Open Letter To: S.E Hinton, Rainbow, Leila and Jodi Lynn #IntAuthorsDay + Giveaway!!
[All of the covers are linked to Goodreads.]
First of all, I wanna give thanks to Debdatta for organizing this event and that she let me be a part of it. Although I cried the whole time I wrote this post, I had fun. Second, they’re SO SO MANY authors I wanna give thanks to but I decided to just choose the ones that REALLY MADE A HUGE IMPACT in my life. We’re talking about life changing kind of impact. Every time I read a book, I make sure it leaves something in me. It doesn’t happen all the time but when it does, I make sure I let the author know. Whether its by email or just a tweet. I wanna make sure she/he knows that his/her book did something inside of me. And that its special. And that she/he should just keep writing.
I wanna keep that culture in the bookish community. Not only it helps an author, it also makes YOU happy. Trust me, it does. Below, I wrote a very short note for he dear authors that really pushed me into reading. I’m not even sure if they’ll get to read it but I honestly don’t care. I wanna give thanks and just let you guys know how much I love them!
My review of: This Song Will Save Your Life | Tiger Lily
An open letter to S.E Hinton, Rainbow, Leila and Jodi Lynn
To S.E. Hinton..
Thank you for Ponyboy’s story. Thank you for showing me what real friendship is. For making me realize that poverty isn’t a hindrance when it comes to happiness and having a dream. Thank you for showing me how a real sibling cares. Thank you for letting me realize that ‘true friends’ are rare and that I should not let them slip out of my life. You made me see the world differently. The Outsiders told me how big and important loyalty is. And for as long as I can remember, I wanna be courageous… but I don’t know how to do it. But you.. and ponyboy and the Greasers, you guys thought me how to dot it. Turns out, I can’t do it by myself. When I read The Outsiders, it also made me realize that we are all outsiders, in one way or another.
Your books ignites something inside of me that sometimes I can’t control it so I have to cry it out or write it off. Ever since I held a pen and a paper, I know that all I want to do in my life is write. Write about love, about the places I want to visit, about the characters I’ve been talking to for so long now. But I don’t think I should. I don’t think I can. But by reading Cath’s story… I realized WHY I should write. You have no idea how much you helped me in discovering myself. I am a disaster too, like Cath. And that’s okay! I’m not gonna stay like this forever. I have my passion. I have a reason to write. I’ll be fine. Thank you for that. Thank you for your words. Thank you for the tears. Thank you for making me believe that the kind of love that I want to experience is real (because you’ve written about it) Thank you for your characters. Just… thank you.
Until now, Elise’s playlist is still what I listen to when everything seems so heavy for me. I found a friend in music because of you and Elise. Through TSWSYL, I found out that I HAVE to know who I am and be proud of it! Thank you for making me realize that I should be done with letting other people define me. They’re all wrong. For so long, I wanna have that braveness that other teens have. But I don’t know how.. I don’t know if I can. Turns out, its already inside of me. Thanks for waking that voice that is so scared to get out because of fear of rejection. I have a voice and I don’t care if they’ll listen or not, I will have let it out. Whether in music or in writing.
To Jodi Lynn
Everytime I see my copy of Tiger Lily, I cry. And I’m not even talking about single tear from my eyes kind of cry, I’m talking about full blown sobbing. And you know what? I’m grateful for that. Because it reminds me that I’m here. And that I FEEL. Tiger Lily is hard and guarded, that alone makes us so similar. Tiger Lily’s story is both sad and happy. Sometimes I feel like I don’t want it, that I can’t accept that because its so unfair… but that’s life. Your words make me ache. And I just realized that I want that to happen to my future readers. I want them affected by my words. And yes, you make me realize how dangerous loving someone is. But you also taught me how worth it it is. How it can help you grow. Everything about Tiger Lily is beautiful. Thank you for writing it. Thank you for making me FEEL. Thank you for restoring my faith in literature.
How about you, which author would you give thanks to? 🙂