3 out of 4 stars
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Sakura Self-Destruct by Simon Rooney is a book about Jason Colbach. Jason is not far off thirty-four years old and is currently unemployed. He lives alone in a council flat and struggles to pay the bills. His pastime involves smoking weed and playing video games. One day, Jason’s psychologist, Dr. Alia Begum gives him a pamphlet that talks about Mindfulness-Based Psychological Therapy. Will this change the way Jason views life? This book takes us on a journey through Jason’s experiences at becoming a more positive-minded person.
What I liked about the book was that it was told in first person, this meant that I could understand Jason’s thoughts and feelings. It almost felt like he was having a conversation with me. I really liked the author’s style of writing. They managed to portray the life of a struggling, unemployed individual without being stereotypical. There are not a lot of characters in the book, so it is easy to follow along. Jason’s character was developed really well. I felt like I could relate to him in certain situations. For example, when he was saying that many people in a room make him anxious.
There are a lot of important messages that can be taken away from this book. For example, you should appreciate the things that you have in life. You may not have a lot of money, but be grateful that you have a roof over your head and food on the table. I feel like many readers will be able to relate to the situation Jason is in, and be able to take inspiration from him.
Overall, the book was an enjoyable read. At 345 pages on Google Docs, it did take some time to read. One thing I will mention is that the book does contain multiple grammatical errors throughout which affected the flow of reading. This is the only thing that I disliked.
In conclusion, I would rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. I have to knock off one star due to the number of mistakes I found. I would suggest that this book undergoes another round of editing to make it perfect. As a heads up, the book does talk about drugs and smoking throughout. So, if this is a sensitive subject for you then I would not recommend this book to you. I feel like those who are unemployed, or maybe those who are feeling miserable about their lives would benefit from reading this book.
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