Book Review – Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

At the recommendation of one of my best friends, I purchased Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed (aka Dear Sugar). With this being the first book I’ve reviewed outside of the confounds of elementary school curriculum guidelines, I’ll keep it short and simple. Tiny Beautiful Things quite literally touches on nearly every life experience that one could imagine in the developed world. From loveless relationships, to childhood trauma, to what life holds after graduation, Dear Sugar eloquently unpacks the loaded questions sent to her by readers, crafting empathetic, yet honest responses filled with humour and poise.

When I began reading Tiny Beautiful Things, I didn’t particularly anticipate benefiting from the responses given for other people’s problems – and yet here I sit, writing a review for a book which I imagine in the future I may attribute to the moulding of my adult outlook on life and love.

Tiny Beautiful Things cannot be explained with the justice it deserves through a simple book review. Whether you are looking for a coming-of-age guide, a mid-life crisis handbook or simply a fresh and daring outlook on life, this book is an absolute MUST.

I’ll leave you with my favourite quote to tease your literary palate:

But courage is a vital piece of any well-lived life. I understand why you’re afraid. I don’t mean to diminish the enormity of what’s recently ended and what will now begin, but I do intend to say to you very clearly that this is not the moment to wilt into the underbrush of your insecurities. You have earned the right to grow.


BooksSamantha MacKinnon