The book is a collection of essays in which Meg Fee relates her moments in New York over the past decade, since she was eighteen years old and went to study at Juilliard.
She had a new city, new school, and a new life. She notices things won’t be easy right from the beginning. In the very beginning of the book, in her younger years, she has her heart broken by her boyfriend Will.
Right after that, Meg goes through an eating disorder which she describes graphically in a few pages. As she feels her body changing she keeps telling herself – When I’m thin, everything will be easy. When I’m thin, Will will love me. When I’m thin, things will be fine.
Despite all the hard times she goes through – changing apartments and jobs, losing friends and losing Will – she still believes in love. On the other hand, when someone new shows up in her life, she still feels unworthy of a handsome guy being with her. Her self esteem is a continuous struggle. Meg goes back and forth to the fact that she’s used to sadness, comfortable with her own brokenness and how much she lost out of fear.
It’s only when she moves to a house in Harlem in her late twenties that she begins to be more positive. Meg makes good friends and feels happy and loved. She says she never felt more beautiful than she did when she turned 30, looked back and thought, “The twenties are so hard, but the view from up here is incredible.”
My absolute favorite part was the end of the book when she gives a list of lessons she learned during her twenties. Things like forgive yourself, move your body more, take risks, celebrate the small successes, etc.
It wasn’t my favorite book to read; sometimes the stories seemed very displaced and the writing wasn’t my preferred style.
I am writing to share an update on behalf of all of us at The Girly Book Club as we manage COVID-19. As we all know, the events of the past days and weeks have been unprecedented and our team continues to monitor and navigate this rapidly changing situation with the rest of the world.
At the GBC, we care deeply about doing what we can to keep our people and communities well – we are grounded in this intention, which makes difficult choices a little easier to make.
As a result, we have cancelled ALL of our global in-person monthly meetings for March. As a result, we will be holding a GLOBAL GBC Book Club, which we hope will appeal to our members far and wide (more info below.)
We’ll be honoring all tickets sold for March meetings and transferring them to April’s meetings or you can request a refund if you’d prefer.