Thursday, 3 January 2013

The Yellow World

I first wanted to read this book, after watching a video reviewing it. It was mentioned that the book was very similar to John Green's 'The fault in our stars', which is one of my favourite books, so obviously this meant I had to read this book.
I was very lucky to receive the book for Christmas and as soon as I picked it up, I didn't put it down again. For me, that doesn't happen! I am world's slowest reader, and it takes me weeks to read a book, so the fact I read this in 4 hours, should say something in itself ;)

If you've read 'The fault in our stars', then I would say that the similarity is that they are both about cancer, and it stops there. 'The Yellow World' is non-fiction. Albert Espinosa was asked to write a book about his experiences with cancer, so he didn't. He suffered from cancer during the ages 14-24 and lost a leg, a lung and you could say, his adolescence.  However, he turns his experiences into positives and instead he writes about this yellow world, a place in which is individual to us and in my opinion, is nothing but positive. 
It's not a self-help book, but it does offer some great advice which ultimately lead to a happy and fulfilled life. 
I think my favourite part of this book is the relationships/friendships he has managed to form because of his illness. It just shows that there really are perks to EVERYTHING. Every 'loss' he experienced has also come with a 'gain', and he shows us that if we focus on those, then life is great. I love that he has experienced things too, it makes the book so convincing and real. He adds humour as well, which is always a bonus!
I love this book and will read it again and again. It is definitely up there as one of my favourite books and I think I am going to buy it as a present for someone too because you don't have to be sick to read this. Anyone can benefit from positivity! 

I'd say go buy this book.. definitely worth a read!


melrose said...

Well that was fast ;] Thanks for this.
I just heard of it the other day and then saw your post mentioning it. So crazy how universal things can be.
Anyways glad you liked it, I will have to put it on my 'need to read' list.
Hope you are well, much love xx

Samantha Betteridge said...

I know, I think it's a record for me! :P
YES READ IT. You would benefit greatly, I'm sure :-) xxx

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