When Breath Becomes Air

No one ever expects to die, and yet, we all do.

We think it’s some distant event that only happens to other people, but when it comes crashing down on us like a ten-pound brick – our lives change in an instant.

That was the story of Paul Kalanithi.

Paul, a highly trained and skilled neurosurgeon, was diagnosed with terminal cancer in his early 30’s.

Used to treating patients, he became one himself. In his New York Bestselling novel, When Breath Becomes AirPaul shares his first-hand experience with death.

I highly recommend this book for two reasons:

1. The story forces you think about your own life. 

As Paul is describing his story, you can’t help but think of your own life.

We get so distracted with the small minor events in our lives that we can easily forget about what truly matters. Paul’s story is not the fairy tale ending we see on Disney movies, but of that of real life.

While reading this book, you can easily substitute Paul’s name for your own.

2. The writing is incredible.

Not only is Paul’s story incredible, but his writing is infatuating. Every word draws you in, making you feel like you’re standing next to Paul every step of the way. There were so many times that I just couldn’t set this book down.

Growing up, Paul was in love with writing and it clearly shows in this book. His genius was not just limited to the operating room, but it also transcended on every single page.

Despite the dire situation, this book is full of vibrant and colorful writing that truly brings out the raw human emotion.

Who This Book Is For:

People who want to get a better perspective on life and what truly matters. So, basically, everyone.

Favorite Quote:

There is a moment, a cusp, when the sum of gathered experience is worn down by the details of living. We are never so wise as when we live in this moment.”

Unofficial Rating: 9.3/10

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