recommended: Some Things I Never Thought I'D DO / PEARL CLEAGE By Slam anderson
I picked this novel up because I really enjoyed What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day. After reading Cleage for the first time, I wanted more Pearl Cleage. I don’t know what it is about her novels but they always find me at the right time.
Some Things I Never Thought I’d Do takes place in Atlanta, GA, and revolves around recovering drug addict Regina Burns. Me and Regina met at the perfect time. Both of us were finally stepping into the light after years of being in the darkness and making bad decisions. Both attempting to create a new start and clean up the messes we left behind when we fell to the bottom.
If Regina was real she would have been my prayer partner. I watched Regina face her past, her rock bottom. I prayed for her strength through the many trials and tests she faced, including working for her ex-almost-husband’s mother who claimed Regina wasn’t good enough for her son and Regina dealing with men too good to be true.
In the end, this book is about triumph and seeing the underdog make a come-up and find love. I recommend this novel to anyone working towards peace and contentment, to anyone fighting to be the hero in their own story.
Because I’m a poet, I sometimes respond to novels I’ve read in verse—inspired to add my voice to stories that have moved me.
Poetic Book Synopsis: Some Things I Never Thought I’d Do How many people been to rock bottom? I mean the bot-tem’. That point where you can’t do anything but go up because going down would leave you 6 feet in the ground, and you got too much life to be dead. That type of bottom. It’s a hard place to be. Stuck between death and life. Regrets and debts consolidating. At the bottom, we don’t think about survival instead we pray for sleep. But at least we pray. At least we show signs of faith. Faith brings hope and hope brings light, and light brings change. The good thing about the bottom is the only other direction left is up. Once you start going up, just keep going. All the way up. Then stand and stretch. You stand just as tall as everyone else. Just because you started at/fell to the bottom doesn’t mean you have to stay there. Grab a hold of yourself and help yourself up and stand. Stand taller than before. And live again. Live harder. Live stronger. Live happier. We all fall. Falling is easy. We fall everyday but getting up is what takes all your strength. Getting up and cleaning up the mess you made when you fell. Because when we fall we make a clash! And we do some crazy things. Some things we never thought we’d do…
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