Book Review: ‘If You Feel Too Much’ by Jamie Tworkowski

If You Feel Too Much: Thoughts on Things Found and Lost and Hoped For is the new book by Jamie Tworkowski, the founder of the non-profit organization, To Write Love On Her Arms. Jamie recaps his journey of his life up until 2014. The book briefly covers his time working at Hurley and how he left to start up TWLOHA. One of the things you will immediately notice is Jamie’s use of i instead of I. This may be a minor detail Jamie just chose to do, but I saw it as Jamie not wanting to focus the story on himself, but more on the people and places in his story.

“i have been challenged and changed, reminded that love is the simple answer to so many of our hardest questions”

The above quote was one of the first sentences in the book that really struck me and it came on page twenty-two. I’ll try to not quote too much of the book, even though that would be extremely easy to do. There’s a lot of Jamie’s writing that is so easy to relate to. He even makes himself more accessible in this by giving us a look at his life outside of the foundation. He includes chapters that cover birthdays, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day. You not only get a look at Jamie, but a look at his family, which can tell you a lot about a person. He also touches on seeing the best and worst in the internet, which has been an obvious problem for a while now on a wide variety of topics and views.

It’s rare that I read many books shorter than 200 pages these days, but this is absolutely a great, short read. I didn’t feel like there was any unnecessary information that had nothing to do with Jamie or the purpose of TWLOHA. It may have been a bit choppy at times, but I didn’t mind it because our brains don’t remember everything in a straight timeline, so why should a book be written that way? I would say this book is a must-read for anyone who has ever dealt with loss or just felt like they were alone in one way or another. Jamie’s goal has always been to inspire hope in people and he does that with this book.

You can buy the book on Amazon and you can check out TWLOHA here.