Tiny Beautiful Things By: Cheryl Strayed

This is a guest post from my dear friend Casey!

Dear Sugar,

I wanted to enjoy reading the stories of all the people who sought your help, and I wanted to connect with your unique style. I've had my struggles, and I was hoping that at least one of the letters included in this compilation book would resonate with me, as I hoped your response to that letter would.

Unfortunately, sweetie, that didn't happen. Often times your tone felt selfish, condescending, and unreachable. But there were genuine moments of connection you had with a letter writer, and those were clear as a wine glass filled with Brita water. Though I understand the desire and purpose of compiling some of the most notable correspondences, this particular type of writing needs to remain in its true form; all the letters together in this manner doesn't serve each one justice or allow the reader to comprehend one before moving onto the next.

I know every book isn't for everyone, sweet pea, but I expected more from this. I am grateful that so many have found comfort in your guidance--we all need some amount of validation, and many have clearly found it in you.

Love, wine, and chocolate covered strawberries.

Rachel Beyer

I am a full time engineer and a part time blogger/writer. I am passionate about reading, writing, biking, volleyball, and my pets.