Gisela’s review of My Oxford Year

But who are we really, eh? We’ve told each other what we think, but we’ve no idea what we feel. That requires a conversation. Having words, having language, to connect us to ourselves and to each other.“

Frankly, I don’t know where to begin. Sometimes I read a book purely for entertainment. Sometimes I read a book because I want to learn more about a subject. But, all of the time, I read purely to understand the condition of being human.

Ella and Jamie taught me that. Their shared love of knowledge and academia and poetry… was beautiful and called out to the nerdy student in me. They were clever and mischevious along with all the other characters present in the book.

Through Ella’s journey- neverending fear, unbridled joy, unconditional love, and worrisome thoughts are constantly present. But as Jamie says we must "Carry on.”

The hardest thing is love, with no expiration date, no qualifiers, no safety net. Love that demands acceptance of all the things I cannot change. Love that doesn’t follow a plan.“

Side Note: I cried more than a few times while reading this book. I think I was meant to read this book at the exact moment my life demanded it. This book needed to tell me something, and it did and I will cherish it always.

This will be a top-shelf book.

Gisela’s review of My Oxford Year

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