23 May 2015

Dark Confessions of an Extraordinary, Ordinary Woman by Jenn Sadai

Publication: February 2014

# of pages: 103

Source: Amazon Kindle E-Book

Goodreads Publisher's Blurb: "Dark Confessions of an Extraordinary, Ordinary Woman follows the author on her journey from a drug-addicted theif who felt trapped in an abusive relationship to a confident and capable marathon-runner. It is filled with intense drama, troubled romance, and all sorts of dirty little secrets."


My Thoughts/Review:

"Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem."

Sadai's novel is not one of YA contemporary romance or fantasy flowered with magical powers, alternative worlds, and perfect endings. It is an awe-inspiring, break-taking introduction to what most adults spend their lives running away from; and that thing is what we like to call reality. I'm not one for allowing myself to become emotionally entwined in writing reviews. I typically keep them clear, straight-forward, and lanced with objectives. However, I can not resist the temptation in stating that Sadai's story, with some variation, reflected my life and thought process just three weeks ago. No, I have not experienced the brutality that is so closely aligned with a physically abusive relationship; however, the lack of self-esteem/self-worth resonated so close to home.

It is not just my own personal experience that makes Sadai's novel a true gem. She offers each and every reader a life lesson about letting go of the past, taking responsibility and accountability for one's actions, and last, but not least understanding the value of one's life. Through her story, told in such simplicity, but depth, Sadai has the ability to make readers truly reflect and take into account their life's purpose. Her writing is, in more ways than one, therapeutic. She hasn't simply conscripted her confessional for readers like myself, but also for her own sense of consciousness, a way to forgive herself and those that may have disappointed her. While many may argue that her writing is developed in too many facts and lacks enough emotion, it is in these facts that she faces the truth. Too many of us hide behind colorful language and excuses instead of facing the truth for what it is, understanding that what is done is done and the only step to make after is to forgive and move forward. I admire the strength and courage in any individual that recognizes and lives by this concept.

Proving that her story has so much to offer, Sadai has truly fulfilled her dream of becoming a published author. I truly hope to see more from her in the future. While her book is laiden with cliches (she does state this in the novel), it is in these same statements that myself, Sadai, and so many others have finally found peace, courage, strength, and self-worth. Positive attitudes reap positive lives.

Thank you Sadai.

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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