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"I Think I'll Make It" is captivating in its exquisite ability to beautifully paint the author's life in a slide show of events. This book is gloomy. This book is humorous. But above all, this book is well written and brutally honest. Not until recently did I start to read non-fiction and at times I felt this book was difficult to read. Regardless, though, it kept me interested. Being a bigger fan of fiction, I probably would not read it again. It may appeal to a wider variety of people, however, who do enjoy reading a real life laid bare for others to dissect, for that is exactly what it is.
This story follows the life of the author, Kat Hurley, as she deals with issues of heartbreak from her girlfriend, confusion with where life is taking her, and depression from all of the above. In her attempt to solve these problems, she escapes to live with her brother's family in Hawaii. Here she works various jobs and absorbs the island's culture as she tries to figure out whether she should piece together the puzzle pieces of her life or just let them fall where they may. She tries to find joy in family, find peace in the storm, and eventually attempt to make friends with islanders as her love life tumbles like the restless waves she surfs on in her free time. This book is a journey of growth, spirituality, humility, perseverance, and even audiobook wisdom (including Oprah) to combat her ever-growing ego. Through this, she learns to accept her life through many instances of tears and mold it into her personality.
The major theme in this book is overcoming the struggles that at times feel impossible to live through. The fight that Kat Hurley has to overcome and how she faces her battles is inspiring, but sincere. She doesn't make it seem easy and she does not at all sugar coat it. You see her break down and you see her rise back up. She grows from her past and ascends into her future. She shows that her attainment to enlightenment didn’t come without trials. This book takes you on a roller coaster we all too quickly try to suppress in our own lives. What we hide under a veil, she opens up for us to see. She shares what most people keep bottled up out of fear of rejection. If there is anything I commend Kat Hurley for it is that she has inspirational courage in being honest. Plus, she writes about it with an artistic touch!
Though this is not a book I would likely read again nor buy, it is one that I think others might enjoy. I will give it a 2 out of 4 stars because I personally would not recommend it to a friend if they asked me. I did not like it since the language used, although not oppressive, was still more than I prefer to have in a book (quite a few F-words)—that and some sexual innuendos. Also it is just not something I was particularly passionate to read about. Honestly, it was hard to relate being as I have never been in a relationship with anyone. Nonetheless, my views are not the same as others in this literary society and I think that some people could really find this book to be an enjoyable read, especially those who have gone through similar circumstances. I gave it a two rather than a one, though, because Kat Hurley is an incredible author and writes with finesse. It does not at all feel like you are reading a non-fiction book and if I rated it out of how enjoyable it was to read I would give it a full star rating.
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