Thursday, April 23, 2015

Book Review: I will Always Write Back by Martin Ganda & Caitlin Alifirenka with Liz Welch/Teen Biographies-Memoir/Published in 2015

Hello dear Readers,

Below, my thoughts on I will always write back by Marin Ganda and Caitlin Alifirenka with Liz Welch.

Title: I will always write back 
Genre: Teen Biographies/Memoir
Author: Marin Ganda and Caitlin Alifirenka with Liz Welch 
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Language: English
Paperback: 400 pages

Book Description

The true story of an all-American girl and a boy from Zimbabwe and the letter that changed both of their lives forever.

It started as an assignment. Everyone in Caitlin's class wrote to an unknown student somewhere in a distant place.

Martin was lucky to even receive a pen-pal letter. There were only ten letters, and forty kids in his class. But he was the top student, so he got the first one.
That letter was the beginning of a correspondence that spanned six years and changed two lives.

In this compelling dual memoir, Caitlin and Martin recount how they became best friends --and better people--through their long-distance exchange. Their story will inspire you to look beyond your own life and wonder about the world at large and your place in it.

My thoughts
*I gave 5/5 stars on Goodreads

Reading the story of Martin and Caitlin remained me of how powerful writing can be. Their story started when they became pen-pals and how that first letter and the ones after that, and with every minute they dedicated writing to each other, changed their lives in unimaginable ways. Their friendship became something really special, a bond really strong, something that I do not think they were expecting or they thought it would be possible.

I will always write back is the story of Martin and Caitlin and how by writing to each other, they started a journey full of love, help, understanding, truth, support, patience, kindness, as well as tears, sadness and wanting to give up at times but always showing us that with faith and hard work we can achieve whatever we want in life. All these elements were what ultimate helped Martin to be able to go to the United States, meet Caitlin, her family and pursue a better life and education. 

I like the honesty on this book. I like that I felt connected to the characters from the beginning to the end. I felt part of the story. While reading, I tried to imagine everything. When sad parts are told I cried and when happy moments are shared I felt good that everything worked out for Caitlin and Martin. 

I also like that this book gave me a sense of Self-Examination. It made me think about the important things in life. About how we are constantly taking things for granted when there are other people having a harder time. Made me think about family and friendship in a whole different way. Made me realize how lucky I am and that I should be more grateful for what I have and the opportunities am I presented everyday.

Another aspects of the book I like are the writing style and the use of description. All the details the authors show us in every page help to have a better understanding of their story. Sharing their letters, pictures, their most intimate feelings, thoughts, hopes, fears, to me all these help to make the story believable and beautiful. A portray of real human beings overcoming their fears and pursuing their dreams in life. Told from the point of view of both Martin and Caitlin, this book is easy to understand, easy to keep up with the characters and all the events occurring from that first letter to the following six years of their lives.

I will always write back. A book I recommend to everybody who likes reading memoirs, people who like to learn of different cultures, or just people looking for a very unique story, incredible characters and a beautifully written story. I will always write back, one of these books that you won't forget and that can help people in many ways.

My Favorite Quote

"My family and Caitlin's stopped being two separate families a long time ago. It started with a letter-and then all of our lives were changed forever."


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