Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Dear Kane, What I Wish We Would Have Said
Author: S.K. Angelici
Genre: LGBT Contemporary
Length: 66 Pages
Publisher: Write and Light Publications
Release Date: February 5, 2016
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Are the words that we say in front of our children something that builds them up or tears them down? This short story explores the consequences of hatred and bigotry when it applies, unknowingly, to someone that you love.
Review: This is a short story written in letter form from a mother to her daughter as a way to help her through her grief of losing Kane to suicide. It is about the mom trying to understand where she went wrong, how easily things could have been different, and how Kane possibly felt suicide was the only answer. It goes through the grief, anger and remorse stages. Kane’s mom finds a tiny bit of solace when Kane’s girlfriend opens up to her about them and the daughter she realized she didn’t know very well.
This touches on how the things people say affect others, even those not said to purposely hurt. It was an eye-opening story that pulled my heartstrings from the first page. I wanted to know more about Kane and why she went through with it. We don’t get all of the answers, but enough to get a tiny understanding of what Kane was going through.
Dear Kane was very moving and felt so real, it was as though I found a box of letters somewhere, sat down in a sunny window and got a glimpse into someone’s private world. It was sad and depressing, but also made me think about the things I say every day, hoping there isn’t anything in them that could unintentionally hurt someone else. There is a bit more to Kane’s story than that though, her fear of coming out to her parents and their reactions toward her as a person and daughter make up a big part, but those fears stemmed from things her parents had said over the years that led her to those beliefs. My heart broke for Kane, and for her mother as well, as she tried to pick up the pieces after such a devastating loss.
I definitely recommend this story if you are looking for something a little deeper that will surely make you more aware of the things you do in your own life.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*