If you are looking for a book that you don’t want to put down during those summer days when you are lying in the sun topping up your tan (or in my case burning) then I may just have the book for you. I was so excited when I heard that this author was releasing her first book and I was not disappointed. I’m not ashamed to admit that apart from having to read them at school I haven’t really read non-fictional books before, but this one was different and I am so happy I bought it. I pre-order it for my Kindle a month before it was released and as soon as it came out I started reading it and couldn’t put it down. Every chance I got I read it and managed to finish it in just under 2 weeks. You’re probably thinking just tell us what the book is and if you are as impatient as I am you have probably read ahead or Google searched the book title from the title of this blog post.
Anyway, the book that I was so excited to read is “My Beautiful Struggle” by Jordan Bone, as well as a newly found author she is also a beauty blogger and vlogger. I can’t remember the first time I watched Jordan Bone on YouTube but if I remember correctly it was her most famous video “My Beautiful Struggle” and I just thought, WOW. I was hooked after that. I love her positivity on everything in life and watching her videos I could see a reflection of myself and how I’ve never let my disability stop me. Although everyone is different I must admit that and the big difference here is I’ve always had my disability. I’ve never known my life any other way, but Jordan, well if no one has followed Jordan’s life before she was in a car accident when she was 15 years old which resulted in her becoming paralysed from the chest down. With her life being changed in a blink of an eye she had to slowly but surely learn to live with her injuries and how to overcome the obstacles that arise with living with those injuries, one thing which helped with this is makeup.
She relearnt how to apply her makeup and started to use the tool of meditation to look at her life with a new perspective. Every chapter of this book looks at the steps (so to speak) she took to rebuild her life, she has cleverly named every chapter to the different stages of applying her makeup and describes the way she carries out these stages in her own way. Her book can be categories within many different genres, one being motivational. She helps you see life in a new way and even though I see life in similar ways it still changed my view on things. The book in a whole is a very personal journey through the car accident itself and the months and years after. Sometimes I had to take a minute and remember that these feelings being described are of actually true events. Everything being described was so raw and even though I know to a certain extent what the final outcome was I still felt myself holding my breath, reading on to find out what happens next. I’m not going to lie there were a few tears whilst reading certain parts and the way Jordan describes things it made me feel like I was there.
As I mentioned before watching Jordan on YouTube and her seeing her perspective of life living with a disability I can see a reflection of myself. This was the same when reading her book. Similar to me, Jordan relies on carers to carry daily tasks in her life, only difference is I’ve never really been able to do much myself. Jordan can apply her makeup herself, whereas I can only really do my eyes as I don’t have the strength to blend in my foundation and concealer. One thing that I can 100% relate is the frustration of other people having to style my own hair. I’m lucky most of my carers are quite good at doing my hair and if they weren’t before they started with me they have done it so many times they have learnt to do it the way I like, some even watch YouTube tutorials to learn.
So, I would just like to end this book review by saying that Jordan I loved your book “My Beautiful Struggle” and thank you for sharing your journey with us. It is another great example to share to help me with the purpose of my blog to diminish the negative views some people have on disabilities and to show people living with a disability are just like anyone else.
Favourite quote “Although we must remind ourselves that brows are ‘sisters’, not ‘twins’, so will never be identical. As long as they don’t look like ‘distant cousins, we are all good!”