So my last update about my book was that the hardest part was reading it myself. READER, I WAS SO VERY WRONG. The hardest part at this point has been knowing that the book exists out there in the world and that people are reading and might not like it. But fortunately, enough people in media, friends, lovers, and cats have gotten a hold of it and approved of it. How do I know they're not lying? Why, they were willing to pose with their copy and offer encouraging words on it, WHAT OTHER PROOF COULD YOU ASK FOR, PRAY TELL?
Here are some of the smartest people with the best taste around and their words on All The Lives I Want.
Name: Sam Escobar
Review: Sam did not even need to be asked about their feelings on this book, for they had already taken to Twitter dot com to sing its praise. BEHOLD:
Name: Phoebe Anderson
Review: "I would love this book even if it weren't written by my soulmate."
Editor's Note: Phoebe's name appears on the first page of this book, the second to last page, and on several pages in between because as noted above, we are soulmates. But like, she'd be the first to throw this book in the trash if it weren't worthwhile and demand that I do better.
Name: Sarah Hagi
Review: "I'm into it."
Editor's Note: Look, Sarah is a serious journalist and is possibly writing something else about the book and couldn't spill all of those beans when I asked how she liked it. Also, Sarah is coy as heck and wasn't about to show her cards as a massive fan of this extraordinary collection.
Name: Dorito Escobar (Son of Sam, not in that way though)
Review: *extreme Dos Equis voice but as a cat* I don't always read books of essays, but when I do, I read Alana's book.
Name: Craig Reynolds
Review: "I always knew you had a lot of feelings. But dang."
Editor's Note: I made that review up, he hasn't finished the book. He's my boyfriend and his review would likely be unreliable because he is DESPERATELY IN LOVE WITH ME AND WOULD NEVER UTTER A WORD THAT ADDED NOT TO MY GLORY.
Name: Keith Massey (son and sworn enemy of Alana, intent only on destroying her)
Review: This book is going to look great...IN THE "FREE BOOKS" RACKS COME FEBRUARY WHEN NO ONE BUYS IT, YOU VERBOSE SENTIMENTALIST FANGIRL!
Editor's Note: Keith likes to put on a show of being my nemesis but he was caught moments later in this hearfelt embrace:
And last but not least, there was the author herself.
Name" Alana Massey
Everyone else in the room can see it,
Everyone else but you
Baby you light up my world like nobody else,
The way that you flip your hair gets me overwhelmed,
But when you smile at the ground it ain't hard to tell,
You don't know, oh oh,
You don't know you're beautiful!!!!
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