Sunshine and Raindrops.
This post has taken me forever to write simply because I am speechless.
I stumbled across Cairo McFarlane's book 'Sunshine and Raindrops' when I was reading an article from the Voice. Now the article made the book sound amazing and I was getting so excited to read Cairo's work - but I didn't expect what I read.
I was blown away.
The text is perfect and beautiful, which is ironic as it talks a lot about the imperfections in life.
When I read this text, I felt like my soul had been poured out onto the pages. I was laid bare, as if Cairo had wrote my life onto the paper I was holding in my hand.
I was laid bare.
Feeling like it was my story that had made it onto these pages allowed me to see things from a new perspective. It made me realise that I'm not alone. That it's not just me who has these thoughts.
Cairo perfectly fits all the words together - although the next page may be a completely different scenario, it all flows together.
You are gripped. You really cannot put this book down.
You will read this and carry on thinking about it for days - it imprints itself on your soul so you never forget it.
This text reminds so much of Claudia Rankine's novel 'Citizen', it isn't the typical novel format, instead it is more of a book length poem that takes you on a journey. One of the reasons why I am so in love with this text is because Cairo does not hold back. When she addresses that her 'body is not up for debate' and that she doesn't need to be held to someone's else's standards I was YES GIRL!!
Cairo talks a lot about self love and it hit me hard when I read this novel because what Cairo writes is true. We are never told to love ourselves, people assume that you do the minute you are born. But it doesn't work like that. A lot of people struggle to love themselves purely because of society's wayward expectations and pressures. It's hard to find yourself in today's enviornment. People are always comparing this person to that person, but as Cairo says
As I said at the start of this post, Cairo's book left me speechless so I have struggled to sum up how excellent this book is.
But thank you Cairo, for publishing such an outstanding piece of work, for letting me know I am not alone in my struggles, and for taking me on this journey with you.
I hope you know how talented you are.
- Quenelle x
You can buy the amazing text from Amazon! Here is the link, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sunshine-Raindrops-Cairo-McFarlane/dp/1537510525