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Watch the Doors As They Close | Karen Lillis | Publisher: Spuyten Duyvil | 3 stars

Watch The Doors As They Close tells the story of Anselm, narrated by his nameless ex-girlfriend. Written in journal form, she takes us through their entire relationship, filling in the details of Anselm’s past as she goes.

The book starts out with Anselm having returned to Pennsylvania and The Girl talking about the journal he gave her. She decides to use it to write their story, not in the hopes that someone will read it, but simply so she can get it down on paper before she forgets. Their relationship is an interesting one – she says many times that they loved each other deeply, but that he never did anything to show that love. Like on her birthday, he didn’t do anything special for her.

I found the book interesting, but I didn’t really see a plot in it. It wasn’t quite stream of consciousness ramblings, but it didn’t feel like a cohesive story to me. That is not to say I didn’t enjoy it, because I did. I could totally relate to The Girl and those feelings of wondering if your boyfriend really loves you or if he’s just saying it to appease you. It’s a story of a normal life, which is something that I think most people are able to relate to (unless they’re in the 1%).

Really, that’s all life ever asks of you. Is that you go along, and experience what you experience, and feel what you feel, but that you don’t let your experiences bind you up and prevent you from living and seeing and feeling and loving. From moving forward.

I loved this line because it’s so true, and I think that’s the whole point of the book: to just get through life and experience whatever it is we’re meant to experience without letting it hold us back.

Disclaimer: I received this book from Outsider Writers. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated in any way.


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