Her words and phrasings may not have the poetic style of some of the famous poets, but, in reading her prose, it was impossible to not feel the emotions she injects in each phrase. For me, there wasn't a single page that I read that I didn't go pause a moment after, and then go back and read it again, and sometimes a third time. This wasn't because the language of her prose is difficult to understand, Rayl doesn't write in allegory or utilize a lot of imagery. Still, there are phrases that make you gasp as you understand and feel the emotions that Rayl must have felt.
I found myself wanting to mark several of the pages, phrases that I would love to quote from in the future, however, since it took only a few hours for me to complete reading the entire novel through, even with re-reading most of the pages, I left out the marks as I would rather go back and read through this book again and again to find a particular passage.
I also want to applaud Rayl's courage in writing and releasing this book. It is truly a personal look at the life of a young woman (Rayl was twenty-five at the time of release) and her struggle to overcome drug addiction, to accept herself as the amazing woman she is, and to take on the role of motherhood. My heart truly went out to her, especially during the first two sections (titled The Mess and The Clean Up), and I celebrated with her during the third section, (titled The Shine). The book also has one of the best Dedication Page(s) I've ever found, plus, the cover is absolutely beautiful.