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this is a love story - available now!
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After a few technical issues, this is a love story: poems and essays on friendship, love, and mental health is finally available for purchase! Click on one of the links below to buy, or order in to your local bookstore.
You can also add it to your “want to read” on Goodreads, or request it at your local library or local bookstore.
Some early reviews:
“There is an honesty and openness in Alyssa’s writing of her journey of mental health and friendship…The vulnerability in the poems and essays will have you empathizing and connecting to Alyssa’s story.” - Sharon, on Goodreads
“this is a love story is the book version of sitting down with a cup of tea and a good friend and catching up after a long time apart. Sherlock opened herself up and poured herself onto the pages, and in doing so, has created a book that captures the overwhelming, all-consuming task of growing up. Sherlock's intense sensitivity, immense love for the people in her life, and lifelong experience with anxiety and depression make this book feel deeply human.” - Bug Hamm on Amazon.ca
“Alyssa’s work feels intimately personal, like she’s welcoming you into her world and sharing her secrets with you. Her writing leaves lasting images with the reader, and there are beautifully crafted lines throughout, with some of my favourites including: “Inside my home, we’re freshly fed with fantasy and trifle” (from “space”) and “I start to feel excitement again, and I roll it around on my tongue, feeling its freshness like a freshly picked strawberry” (from “depression”). A moving read that touches on mental health, friendship, love, faith and family legacy all in one neat package.” - Sarah on Amazon
“Alyssa Sherlock’s debut book of poetry and prose lives up to its title. On the first page, she asks the reader, “did you know this is a love letter to you?” After reading it, the answer can only be yes. By sharing her struggles with mental illness, most notably anxiety and depression, she is inviting the reader in. We are witnesses to her challenges and her triumphs too. Her story allows us to share our own; this invitation is an act of love.” - Lori on Barnes & Noble
in case you missed it…
And don’t forget to check out the giveaway I’m doing of one *physical* copy of this is a love story, plus a few adorable stickers, based on the cover and made by my illustrator/designer, on Instagram or Facebook. All you have to do enter is comment on one of the posts (either on FB or Instagram), tagging someone you think might enjoy reading this is a love story. For extra entries, you can share the post, or ask a question on the AMA thread. The giveaway closes Monday, April 24 (tomorrow!) at midnight CDT so there’s still time to enter and share!
Thanks for your patience with the extra letters this month, and thank you for all the support, notes, comments and shares. Now, the best way to continue to support me is buy the book!!, share with everyone you can, and then write an honest review on a retailer site.
I’ll be back May 1 with some reflections and (hopefully) some more information about an in-person book launch.