This little book by Kate Carpenter caught my eye as I was browsing Amazon the other day and so I bought it for my Kindle. It’s called “Lilabean – A Storybook about Simplicity for Grown-Up Girls” and I loved it so much I felt compelled to review it here on Cupcakes and Cadenzas.
Lilabean – A Storybook about Simplicity for Grown-Up Girls by Kate Carpenter
Lila (also known as Lilabean) is a friend of the narrator. She has a house…a family…a job…but something just isn’t quite right with her life. She feels overwhelmed by everything she has to do. She can’t seem to find any time for herself. She lacks direction. On top of all that, she’s become totally bogged down by everyday life and is becoming more and more stressed by the amount of emotional and physical clutter around her. She seems to spend most of her life pleasing other people and measuring her self worth ‘in terms of other people’s praise’. Then, one day, she realises where the problem lies. She’s drowning in ‘stuff’. She has too many possessions and she’s getting nothing back from them. In fact, rather than making her life easier and happier, they’re creating more and more work for her and that’s when Lila realises that she keep buying things in an attempt to make up for a lack of emotional and spiritual fulfilment in her life.
The rest of the book goes on to show how Lila deals with her realisation and what the consequences could be if her life were to continue along the same path but I’m not going to go into it all here as it’s a very short book and I don’t want to give everything away.
As I said at the beginning – I LOVE this tiny book and believe me, it is tiny. It took me about twenty minutes to read the whole thing however the writer has managed, very successfully, to tell an entire story within that short space of time. I’m sure almost everyone who reads it will be able to identify with Lila in some way. I feel as though I already know Lila. In fact, I could be Lila. It made me laugh, it made me cry and, on several occasions, it made me think “OMG – that’s me!!”. I’ve read it twice now and will no doubt read it again and again. It’s made me look differently at the way I live my life and at the number of possessions and the amount of clutter I have around me and if that’s the case, it might just make a difference to the way you live your life too. Oh, and did I mention that the whole book is very cleverly written as one long poem broken down into chapters? No? Well…it is.
I highly recommend this book. You can read it on your device, over a cuppa, in about twenty minutes and it could change your life. Go for it!(5 / 5)