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*Thank you, Ki-Cam Projects and Aimee Ross, for providing me with an advanced reader copy for my honest review
Title: Permanent Marker
Author: Aimee Ross
Paperback Pages: 232 Pages
Publishing Company: Kicam Projects
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography, Memoir
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35580966-permanent-marker
Aimee Ross was living a perfectly normal life raising three kids, married to her high school sweetheart, and teaching at her high school alma mater. Life was perfect–right until it wasn’t.
Unhappy in her marriage, Aimee asked for a divorce. Three days later, she suffered a heart attack at age forty-one. Five months after that, she survived a near-fatal car crash caused by an intoxicated driver. Her physical recovery took months and left her body marked by scars. The emotional recovery, though, would take longer, as Aimee sought to forgive the man who almost killed her–and to forgive herself for tearing apart her family.
Aimee Ross writes with candor, wit, and humor as she finds the power in her story and chronicles her transformation into the woman she was always meant to be.
Permanent Marker takes readers on a journey of healing, proving that from darkness can come new light, new love, and a renewed purpose for life.
To be honest, I haven’t read many memoirs. When I was younger, I used to think that memoirs and biographies were boring. I pretty sure I thought this because I had to read them for literature classes in school.
This book is really about how a broken person, both physically and mentally, has to have the courage and perseverance to keep living and improve. I really felt inspired to improve my own life.
Rating: 3/5 Stars
This memoir is full of people from the authors life that are important to her. The way she writes about the people in her life, like her children and her mother, made the book more relatable and helped me to connect with the author better.
The author, Aimee Ross, is very raw and honest, but she is also quite funny. I feel like I can understand her better. She makes these three horrible experiences more understandable for me. She talks about more lighter topics like her love of Ricky Martin and the shrine she has in her classroom.
This is a novel written by a woman who had experienced the “trifecta of shit”, which started with a divorce, and three days later she suffers a heart attack at the age of 41, and then she survives a horrific car crash which was caused by an intoxicated driver.
There is the theme of scars, both emotional and physical, throughout the book. She talks about how the physical scars on her body look and how she must work through physiotherapy to heal her broken body. One the things that really surprised me was when she talks about how the surgeon asked if he should save her belly button. I don’t really think about my belly button but it’s always there. If it was suddenly gone, I’m sure I would feel different. She talks about the scars which are emotional, unseen but just as destructive. She speaks about survivor’s guilt, which is something I didn’t really understand but after reading this book, I feel like I understand it a little bit better.
She also talks about how writing about what happened to her, helped her heal. I completely understand her. When I feel like I need a release from all the stress in my life, I usually turn to writing. It might not even be about my stress, it could just be writing poetry or short stories or even just concepts for stories I might write in the future.
Overall, this book has a somber tone, which is understandable. It covers difficult topics like divorce, heart attack, and near-fatal car crash. But throughout the book, there are some moments of lightness and humor. Most of the humor is quite sarcastic.
The writing style is actually very easy to follow. She writes the book like a conversation. I felt like I was having a conversation with the author. It’s easy to read, I read this book in a very short time. It may be short, but it definitely packs a punch.
Rating: 3/5 Stars
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was fast but made me think about my own life. This book is about perseverance and courage. I would recommend this book to everyone, but especially who enjoys reading memoirs.