REVIEW: Bright Burning Things

Sonya is an alcoholic, she is doing her best to raise her young son while trying to suppress the truth of her own childhood. The writing is evocative and gives you a real glimpse into the internal battle of mental illness and addiction. It’s so easy to both hate Sonya and empathize with her. Life is overwhelming and not all of us have the same coping mechanisms. Sonya is surrounded by men who are trying to force her to act as they want, and while they are apparently trying to do what they think is best for her, it is hard to watch. Sonya is quite childish which makes her a terrible mother and yet a great one. Add the alcohol and things get quite dangerous. 

I feel like this one is one that’s hard to rate. It’s important to read stories like this to try to understand but it is quite hard to spend much time with these characters. The audio was immersive (although I can’t imagine anyone would listen to this one on 1x speed it was quite slow – at 2x speed it moved at a frantic pace that helped me feel the story better). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Thanks to LibroFM for access to this one via their ALC program. All opinions above are my own.

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I am the Vice President of Clinical Affairs for a medical device company where my job is to promote the utility of the device to doctors. I have science and business degrees and have editorial experience in medical communications. In college, I served as an Editorial Assistant for a healthcare communications company and have served on two editorial boards for peer-reviewed journals. In my free time, I always have a book in my hand... or two or three! On average, I read 20 books a month. I have looked to combine two of my skill sets to review on Goodreads and promote books on Instagram that I love to other readers. I'm open to partnering with publishers as an influencer for book tours, giveaways etc.

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