Description by: Gabi Ram
If You Feel Too Much, is a book composed of stories, letters and internal, deep thoughts composed by Jamie Tworkowski. Many things have drawn me to this particular title. Its author is the founder of the non-profit, self worth organization, To Write Love On Her Arms, other known as TWLOHA. Jamie makes sure that he doesn’t make you feel out of place if you have questions with no answers. He puts it out in the spotlight that he too is struggling, and isn’t perfect. The book is driven with themes like; hope is real help is real, people need other people, and you’re not alone.
“You’ll need coffee shops and sunsets and road trips. Airplanes and passports and new songs and old songs, but people more than anything else. You will need other people, and you will need to be that person to someone else, a living, breathing, screaming, invitation to believe better things.” – Jamie Tworkowski
That quotes is just a small gem of what is in If You Feel Too Much. Jamie is still centered on his main idea for TWLOHA, to get a message out that you’re not alone. That help is real. The idea sprang from Renee Yohe, a young woman who was battling drug addiction and Jamie got the privilege of helping her be drug free for five days. During those five days Jamie was inspired to write about her story and found TWLOHA. It is rare to stumble upon a book so honest, and so heartfelt. Yet Jamie does not shy away from the hard questions in life. It is a great, refreshing read and was a great title to start off the New Year. One I will look forward to reading again in the future.
// Another take:
Description by: Mallory Ellington
Perhaps you, dear reader, are like me and have been told countless times that you feel too much. Personally, I prefer saying that I feel deeply all of the time. It sounds more poetic to me but the reality is I am trying to pretty up the insult of “feeling too much.” That is the main reason I picked up this book, because I said “me too Jamie, me too.”
From the start he is relatable (which should come as no surprise since he is the founder of To Write Love on Her Arms). But Jamie was relatable in a way that I did not expect. His writing style for this book is different than most things I read. Each chapter is something new and different as we journey with him through his life. There are emails, poems, blog posts, pictures, and so much more in the pages he provides. We get a glimpse at who Jamie is, the journey he has taken in life, as a person, a friend, and as the founder of TWLOHA.
Each chapter jumps from topic to topic, sometimes they flow and connect but other times they do not. And, if I am being honest, this type of writing style generally irritates me. I like order, I like flow, and I like organization. But the more I read, the more I realized the beauty in what was being done – and I do not even know if that is what Jamie intended. In switching from topic to topic and genre to genre in his writing style I saw how my own brain and heart tend to function. My thoughts and emotions jump around, sometimes in a moment, as I begin to process and sometimes cope with what is occurring around me.
So in the end it was that sporadic writing style that resonated with me the most, because in it I saw myself and I saw the way that I handle the balance between my emotions and what is occurring around me. But rest assured, there are stories and moments amongst these pages that will touch your heart. There are stories where you will see yourself and it will hurt. There are stories when you will see yourself and rejoice. Perhaps you will see friends and family and feel the same way. So whether you are told you feel too much or you are told you do not feel enough I would ask you to consider picking up this book so that you may go on the journey with Jamie and learn a bit more about him, yourself, and the world around us.