Top critical review
Some great content BUT lots of mundane filler
Reviewed in the United States on May 31, 2020
I picked this up after listening to Jewel lead a guided meditation during a recent NY Times online event. I had never realized she was such a deep person and had undergone so much childhood trauma.
Having said that, I found myself starting to skim through a lot of the book just to be done with it. Jewel describes a very chaotic and difficult childhood that is heartbreaking. The betrayal she experienced with her Mom is so sad.
Those stories are worth sharing - but I don’t know if this warranted a book of 382 pages. There is way too much filler here with personal photos, poetry and mundane events described with exceedingly unnecessary detail. Some of this came off as incredibly self-serving but mostly just boring.