Writers take things that are deeply personal, things said to them in confidence, often during moments of great intimacy, and strip them down into words. Then they take those words, naked and vulnerable, and give them to the world. Yet in spite of this, writers struggle more than most when it comes to sentimental attachment. They only write about things they’ve felt deeply. That’s the thing about writers—on one hand everything is sacred to them, but, on the other, nothing really is.
—Lang Leav, Sad Girls—
Having just finished reading Lang Leav’s debut novel, Sad Girls, my brain is currently swimming in a sea of her evocative quotes. This one in particular, located near the halfway point of the novel, resonated so deeply with me that I actually closed the book, placed it down on my lap, and took a deep breath before steeling myself to continue reading.
There are several of these quotes sprinkled throughout her novel, and it is through these quotes that Sad Girls blends the line between fiction and poetry, and Lang shines the brightest. Thankfully, these moments help negate some of the weaker aspects of the story. Lang makes choices in her writing and the overall telling of her story that I personally disagree with, and by the time I closed the book for good, I was surprised that this was the story she wanted to tell.
At its core, however, Sad Girls is a powerful and beautiful piece, and the message that Lang leaves us with on the last page released a breath I didn’t realize I was holding the whole time.
Have you guys read it yet? Feel free to chime in with your opinions!