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Book Review: The Longest Night by Ranata Suzuki

Title: The Longest Night
Author: Ranata Suzuki
Publication Date: August 24, 2018
Page count: 184

*Thank you Ranata Suzuki for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

Everyone knows that I love poetry! There’s just something about poetry books that always, always, tug at me. And this book, The Longest Night, is surely one of the best I’ve ever read this year. It’s a sad collection of feelings; the longing, the hurt, the heartbreak and sadness of a person left behind. I think my heart had been aching the whole time just by reading the words.

The Depths

I was always so cautious.
But you … you just dived headfirst into everything.
You dived into my life and made waves.
Then you left me alone … and I couldn’t swim.

I couldn’t swim.

I really thank the author for giving me her wonderful book, for sharing to everyone these words that will surely have an impact in their life. It’s raw and honest, very relatable especially to those who have loved so much, given everything to a person who eventually left. It’s a very sad collection, for me anyway, but I love the positiveness it tells that somehow accepting that someone has already left will help you heal and that even though you’ve already forgotten, there’s still a part of you that will always belong to that person.

Ever After

Call me a dreamer or an optimist but I refuse to give up hope
that somewhere out there, there’s a place where you and I are
happy together.
I don’t know if it’s another time or another world, I only know
that there had to exist a place where everything turns out okay
for us.
I have to believe that … that somewhere out there the universe
gives us our happy ending.

Again, I want to thank the author for sending me a copy of her book. She’s been nice throughout even though it took two attempts to get the book to me. I really enjoyed reading her work and it feels so personal on her part that her words are now a part of everyone else.

Highly recommended for those who love poetry!


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