“Loneliness is a strange sort of thing. It creeps on you, quiet and still, sits by your side in the dark, strokes by your hair as you sleep. It wraps itself around your bones, squeezing so tight you almost can't breathe. It leaves lies in your heart, lies next to you at night, leaches the light out of every corner. It's a constant companion, clasping your hand only to yank you down when you're struggling to stand up. You wake up in the morning and wonder who you are. You fail to fall asleep at night and tremble in your skin. You doubt you doubt you doubt. do I don't I should I why won't I And even when you're ready to let go. When you're ready to break free. When you're ready to be brand-new. Loneliness is an old friend standing beside you in the mirror, looking you in the eye, challenging you to live your life without it. You can't find the words to fight yourself, to fight the words screaming that you're not enough never enough never ever enough. Loneliness is a bitter, wretched companion. Sometimes it just won't let go.” ― Tahereh Mafi, Unravel Me
I hate to sound so cliche, but if you haven't already read the "Shatter Me" series by Tahereh Mafi, you really should. That quote is just a small slice of the effortless, but careful description of basic human emotions included in the second book, "Unravel Me." It is as though, Tahereh is able to explain - through Juliette, the main character - all of the emotions you never knew you had abandoned. I am absolutely in love with her writing technique, and if that's not enough for you, wait until you meet Adam. And quite honestly, you might be surprised with how enamored, (but also hostile) you become with Warner. All of that to say, you're welcome. I'll be waiting to hear how right I was after you have read all about Juliette and her harmful touch.