You're Gonna Die Alone (& Other Excellent News)
by Devrie Donalson
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Pub Date 03 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 17 Oct 2023
A refreshingly honest, wonderfully humorous, and entirely inspiring exploration of change, fear, and what it really means to be alone from everyone’s favorite TikTok oracle, Devrie Donalson.
Dear Reader Just Doing Your Best,
I can’t say I know a lot, but my life has been one of many lessons. The small amount of wisdom I’ve managed to collect while the universe desperately chased me down, clobbering me with things to learn while I scurried around like a little rat dodging feet to reach an abandoned slice of pizza on the street, I now happily share with you.
I’ll tell you about my junior high soulmate, my haunted house, and running away to Scotland to lose my virginity. I’ll tell you about my ardent belief in the power of cheese, the rules for attending my funeral, and my struggle to reconcile feminism with Brazilian bikini waxes. I’ll tell you about my greatest failures and the many ways I suffered because of my fear. I’ll tell you about my greatest triumphs and exactly how I figured out how to become a person I am proud of.
If you’ve ever felt the visceral fear of being abandoned or the anxious anticipation of impending change, you might find something here like hope or validation. If you’ve ever wondered if you had it in you to start over, or if you’ve found yourself questioning what you’ve always believed, you might find a road map to navigating both.
I hope you find in these pages a little laughter, a little healing, and permission to be okay. I hope you find the courage to embrace sudden change. I hope I can convince you to reimagine what it means to be alone.
A Note From the Publisher
- Author is a huge TikTok star with 750k+ followers and 35+ million likes
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YOU'RE GONNA DIE ALONE (& OTHER EXCELLENT NEWS) spoke directly to my soul. I deeply connected and saw myself in the author is so many ways that I lost count of how many. I feel like calling it a book doesn't do it justice, as not only does it happen to have humor, essays, poetry, and self-help (there's a much better word out there to use than this one), but I found it very therapeutic, empowering and transformative to read. I love how the author demystifies so many limiting beliefs young women and women have about themselves, life, relationships, sex, gender, etc.
I believe this should be a mandatory reading for girls in school. It's profound, spiritual, and beautiful all at once. I so appreciate all the gold and wisdom the author freely shares with the world how to live in a peaceful, loving, and trusting way. Just a few messages to share (you'll just have to read the book to learn the rest) are how important it is to stop hiding ourselves in our fear, what others think of us in none of our business, and to start betting on ourselves.
I can't wait until this book comes out so I can buy a physical copy and the circle and highlight and star the shit out of this book. Thank you so much to the author for letting me into your world at a time when I needed to learn from you most. Much, much gratitude to Blackstone Publishing and NetGalley for the digital ARC in exchange for my honest thoughts.
This is a delight and I am so glad I got the ARC for it. Thank you so much!
This is hilarious and relatable and an absolute treasure.
I am absolutely going to buy a copy.
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Thank you to Blackstone Publishing and NetGalley for an e-ARC of this title in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
I was in a bit of a book funk....not a drought because I had so many, but they just weren't hitting me at that moment. I requested this title, and it was granted. I'm happy that I was given the chance to read this. I felt "seen," in the best of ways and laughed more than once. I'm going to send one to my daughter when it's published, which is my highest praise.
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I, like many others, found Devrie Donalson via IG reels and was curious to see how her humor and quick wit translated into written form. There were quite a few sections and paragraphs throughout this essay collection that I highlighted while reading on my kindle (which I don't often do), so I feel like that is saying something about how much I enjoyed her writing. I think if you like essay collections, especially those with a dash of humor, and poetry, you will enjoy this. There were a few sections that got a little too wordy and self-helpish for my liking, but over all I thought it was a well done collection. I also liked that it was a mix of poetry and essays. The poems sort of introduced or moved you from essay to essay and were a mix of fun/silly and serious and thought provoking. They wove the essays together in a really unique way and gave the collection a little something extra.
Essays & Poems I enjoyed most:
Scotland, Grief & The Vibrator In My Grandma's Garage
An Ode to Cheese & Those Born Hungry
Who Wants to Share Their Testimony? Who Wants to Face Who They've Been?
In Defense of Pigeons: The Case for Mercy
Meet Me in the Garden