I took a writing class with Lauren years ago and knew, when I first heard her read, that any book she wrote would be published. We didn't really stay in touch but I watched the progress with her memoir on Facebook and having read it, I can say it was even better than what I'd imagined. I bought the book initially to support Lauren, however, about the time it came out I decided to study French intensively. I felt that I would relate to the topic a bit more since I was going to be without my native language for a while. Of course it was nothing comparable and yet I read on because Lauren's writing is insightful even if you've never experienced what she has, and it's musical. It's easy to read. You want to know more and yet you're not racing through the pages as the language itself is beautiful, kind of ironic given that the whole book is about a struggle with language.
For an example of her insight, "We use words to describe ourselves to others, but also to describe ourselves to our ourselves." Wow - so true but I had never thought about it.
She's also funny. It's impressive how she kept her sense of humor like when she told her neurosurgeon, "well I'll give you a piece of my mind." Or when she asked herself if she would actually let a university rivalry inform her choice of a neurosurgeon," I thought that this book would be more suited to someone who had gone through something similar to what Lauren had but really, it's just a damn good memoir for anyone to read.