The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy (Book Review)

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A very unconventional memoir that was written by a journalist of The New Yorker named Ariel Levy. It’s a book that gives its readers a glimpse of who she is; her point of view, an insight about herself, her frustrations, opinions, ideas, and all the notions about her true self in this modern world. In which by the way makes this book quite refreshing and honest to read.

Although, I have no idea of who she is since I’ am a Filipino reader, and the only reason that I’ve decided to read this one was because I’ve been hearing such good reviews about her book especially from fellow Goodreads members, celebrities, and other famous public figures. So it was just all out of curiosity that made me chose this one in my reading list.

Then after getting unto her memoir, I was a bit surprised and slightly uncomfortable at first when I’ve already gotten to that part when it was revealed that she’s a diverse type of woman. But despite the fact of about her, I’m still glad that I chose to read this one. The reason is that I’ am quite fascinated by the author’s writing skills, for it was somewhat impeccable and affable to understand. Then I was also enamored by her being so truthful and bold for writing this one.

Well I’m not sure if she’s a feminist or what, but I truly admire her, because through her words, she was able to point it out into the world the things that she truly believes in. Furthermore, she is someone with her own principles in life. And one of my most favorite part in the book was when she was describing about it on how it feels like to be a millennial woman; shedding its readers some light on how a female tend to perceive things specifically during their 20’s and 30’s.

So now that I already know what the fuss was all about. I would most certainly say that this is a book that one should truly recommend to every fellow readers out there. A memoir that talks about being an unconventional woman in today’s modern society. An inspiration for every feminist.

But I have to remind you that as reader, you really need to be more open-minded before getting into a glimpse of Ms. Ariel Levy’s world. For there are certain issues that she had shared that you might find a bit sensitive especially for some people of different cultures and traditions.

It may seem to be that way, but this is a wonderful lesson to each and every one of us that we shouldn’t be too judgmental; but to be more kind, respectful, and understanding particularly to those who are in between in terms of their own struggles and sexuality, and you might think that they are different, but, they are also a human being who truly deserves such fair and just treatment in our society.

A sincere and real equality for all.

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And by the way, here are the following quotes that has intrigued me while reading the book:

“There is nothing I love more than traveling to a place where I know nobody, and where everything will be a surprise, and then writing about it. It’s like having a new lover—even the parts you aren’t crazy about have the crackling fascination of the unfamiliar.”

“Nature. Mother Nature. She is free to do whatever she chooses.”

“What does it mean to be a woman? What are the rules? What are your options and encumbrances? I wanted to tell stories that answered, or at least asked, those questions.”

“Character is who you are when nobody else is watching,”

“It is a still stranger thing that there is nothing so delightful in the world as telling stories.”

Well, that it’s for now.
Till my next book review.
Thank you so much for reading! 😊✌🏻

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl (Book Review)

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Anne Frank’s extraordinary diary, written in the Amsterdam attic where she and her family hid from the Nazis for two years, has become a world classic and a timeless testament to the human spirit. Now, in a new edition enriched by many passages originally withheld by her father, we meet an Anne more real, more human, and more vital than ever. Here she is first and foremost a teenage girl—stubbornly honest, touchingly vulnerable, in love with life. She imparts her deeply secret world of soul-searching and hungering for affection, rebellious clashes with her mother, romance and newly discovered sexuality, and wry, candid observations of her companions. Facing hunger, fear of discovery and death, and the petty frustrations of such confined quarters, Anne writes with adult wisdom and views beyond her years. Her story is that of every teenager, lived out in conditions few teenagers have ever known.

Summary by Goodreads.com

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Oh what a mind of a young girl! Well, I understand Anne Frank’s views of the world. For she was only young but there is also a sense of maturity within her every time I go further into reading her diary. In which I tend to feel like I’m being transported into her world. A world where there was so much fear, pain, hatred, and suffering. But even if that were the case, she still believes it to be a beautiful place to live into.

Actually, reading the first half of the book was sort of dragging for me. The reason is that Anne seems so childish! And I was like “What is wrong with this girl?”

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But I was totally wrong about her. For when I was into the second half of the book. That’s when I’ve realized that despite all the negative things that keeps on happening around her – inside and outside the Annex. She still remains to be more positive and strong; encouraging herself to stay firm no matter what. Moreover, I truly admire her for being so true to her faith in God, and believes that there is a divine purpose as to why such things just keeps on happening into her life. A young girl with a beautiful mind and a true heart.

So as I’ve finally reached into the last few dates of her diary, I was getting way more intrigued especially since I’ve already known what had happened to her. But what I wanted to know was her thoughts during her last few days at the Annex before they were captured. And as ever, I was totally surprised to all the things that she has written into her diary.

And when I’ve finished reading the book, I was utterly speechless. Moreover, I had a hard time sleeping that night. I guess, my heart was truly aching for a child in which the world has deprived her of the chance to live it as to the way as she wanted to be. But it was not given to her; so painful and so sad.

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Also, her diary has made me appreciate my life even more; though each and every one of us experiences such different kinds of sufferings into this world. But hers was a kind of suffering that I myself wouldn’t know if I have the strength and courage to experience, especially after she and her family were captured; their experience during their captivity were far too painful than the ones that they’ve encountered inside the Annex. Plus, I still have goose bumps whenever I think about it.

Oh Anne Frank, thank you so much for sharing into the world your innermost and positive thoughts; the idea of to appreciate life every single day. Although, there were some things that were written that were a bit shocking. But now that I think about it, it’s quite normal to think that way. For we are only humans, and that we are perfectly imperfect. And lastly, you’ve truly shown us that despite all of your sufferings into this world, you were truly true to yourself and to God.

Thank you so much for reading! 🙂

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