I’ve had her words on my mind for days now.
I just finished If You Find this Letter by Hannah Brencher. The book was so moving, and so relatable, that I turned the last page and found myself whispering an audible “wow.” I get goosebumps when that happens. I love when an author’s voice is so authentic, so fresh that I cannot help but take my time mulling over the prose on a page.
Hannah is a dreamer, an author, an idealist. But she’s also honest and cracking open her book feels like sharing a latte with an old friend. She invites you into her world with hilarious stories and awkward moments, but encourages you to stay with the nuggets of wisdom on each page.
Hannah’s memoir is about her journey after college, and how she managed to accidentally start a worldwide love letter movement, which has grown into the non-profit The World Needs More Love Letters. She describes her year of living in New York City, and shares how writing love letters to strangers managed to lift her out of a spiraling depression. It is encouraging and motivating, even to the harshest critic’s ear.
Her stories are episodic and adventurous, so I never found myself getting bored reading endless detail. She’s quick-witted and a master of personification, so be prepared to underline her creative phrases if you’re a bibliophile like me. I don’t want to ruin anything, so I’ll just share a few of my favorite quotes for you. Please do yourself a favor and read this book. It’s a treasure that I’m sure I’ll be coming back to for years. I loved it so much, I ended up reading the last half aloud to my mom while we were on a road trip so she could hear the creative phrases…and every time I paused she would ask me to continue reading about Hannah’s world.
Three Favorite Quotes:
- “Even though love covers all things, fear is what keeps us silent and keeps words unsaid. Fear keeps us standing in one place. Eventually, when it wins, it means we never got the courage to say what we needed to say.
- “The professor taught with the confidence that books change you. They mess up your insides. They make you drool over the prospect of being a better person and a better lover and a better friend. They pull at your stomach and leave you raw and open and naked. Books can straight up mangle you and sometimes it’s better if you let them do their work.”
- “Maybe that is why some people walk into your life-to tip you over and pour you out. Maybe some people storm into your life just to tell you they’re not supposed to be there. That you can’t take them or anyone with you wherever you’re going next. Maybe not every person we encounter is a love story. Maybe some are wake-up calls.”