(chap) Book description:
I hereby appoint myself the queen of Almost. My 22 years of existence on this planet can be summarized as a string of almost-successes and almost-failures. Not to be mistaken for the “lost in between” clan; I am never just in the middle. I?m either very unaesthetic-ly situated by the starting line, or by the finish line. Squatting in no-man’s land by either these sandbags or those sandbags. I am almost happy, almost neurotic, almost blessed and most definitely almost cursed. I write almost-perfect jokes and almost-heart-shattering confessions.
“I’m an almost being with an almost life of almost concepts that almost make sense.”
“She wouldn’t be defined in any terms save for “she”. Because she is She, and no one else held a stronger claim to the name. She lived the pronoun and made it hers, she knew what a woman is with no books, no letters and no numbers. She shined down on those who would try to kill her glow, she taught them how to be once and again. She knew exactly how to bury herself deep within the membranes of our brains. She planted herself with her ridiculousness, her inexplicable fits, her not-so-naive-naivety, her threatening looks. She, an embodiment of all things out-worldly and reminiscent, knew how to be home for the homeless, and refuge for the faithless.”
4 out of 5
(previously published on goodreads with slight edits for nourareads)
It almost took me a year but I finally gathered the courage to go ahead and read this. (I’m quite ashamed of myself)
So, if you’re lucky enough to know Shaima then you’ll know that she is an incredibly smart, incredibly funny lady with a sharp wit that translates so wonderfully when written.
With that being said, I was, for the longest time intimidated to sit down and give this a go and it’s not because I’ve known Shaima for a while now (although that was part of it) but because I had a feeling that my puny brain won’t fully absorb the words and their brilliance.
I was wrong. Her words are accessible and clever and all the synonyms that mean exactly that. She has such a distinct writing voice that is dripping with sarcasm.
I don’t know, I am by no means a writer of Shaima’s calibre but I certainly enjoyed reading this and will be visiting it, and her blog, again in the (near) future.