Chrysalis: A Dark and Delicious Diary of Emergence by Rachelle Chartrand (Review by #NerdGirBecca)


Title: Chrysalis: A Dark and Delicious Diary of Emergence 

Author:  Rachelle Chartrand 

Published Date: September 10th 2014

Genre: Memoir


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On December 23, 1985, Rachelle received a diary for her thirteenth birthday. Her first entry was a pact with God. Either she would have a boyfriend by New Year’s Eve or she would kill herself. She got a boyfriend. Twenty-six years later, Rachelle receives a different kind of gift for her 39th birthday: a visceral vision. When she turns 40, she will turn into a butterfly. After decades of delinquency, promiscuity, bulimia, alcoholism and two failed marriages, Rachelle is eager to shed her caterpillar life for good. She buys a new diary and makes a new pact, dedicating the next year to her butterfly emergence and vowing to follow any guidance the Universe provides. It whispers back two words: Inspired Ideas. CHRYSALIS: A Dark and Delicious Diary of Emergence chronicles Rachelle’s heart-wrenching, heart-healing metamorphic year. It is a profound and provocative memoir of forgiveness, acceptance and self-love.

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***#NerdGirlBecca’s  Review***
I am not one to read memoir’s only because I can’t ever get into the story, and I feel like the pacing is just so off, but this one really caught my eye. As a woman, this book hit a nerve with me and I absolutely couldn’t stop reading it once I got into the story. Rachelle does an AMAZING job really hooking her readers into the story, and she made me feel like I was actually a part of her hectic life and it all worked.

What I have a problem with in regular memoir’s is that they are not like stories, there is really no need for the detail of the mundane like where the person is located, but Rachelle made her life sound like a story. I found myself laughing, crying, and being truly inspired by her with every page thatI kept reading. So many times, we get wrapped in the negative things about our lives, and Rachelle not only acknowledges this, but also takes a look at herself and how to make herself better.

I gave it  4 stars, and it rightly deserves it. If there are any women feeling down and out about how their life hasn’t turned out the way they thought it would, I strongly recommend that you pick up this book. It will really change your outlook on so many things.


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