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Praise

"I bought the "I Wrote This For You" book
in actual, real-life paperback and it soothes my soul. Buy it if you
can." 
- Laura Prudom (News Editor for Variety) 
"One
of the most beautiful things I have ever read. Ever."
- BT
(Grammy Nominated Composer and Technologist)


"This is me.
This is you. This is us. This is every human being, past and present,
old and young, of every ethnicity, race and faith. Our every complex
human emotion translated into words. Someone knows and someone
understands. This is the essence of what it truly means to be human."

- Ethar El-Katatney (CNN African Journalist Of The Year,
award-winning journalist, blogger and author)


"The
magnificent beauty of I Wrote This For You is quite simply this: the
book is elegantly incomplete without you. No one else in the world can
read it the way you do. No one."
- Matthew E. May (The Elegant
Solution, In Pursuit Of Elegance, The Shibumi Strategy)



About the Book

"I need you to understand something. I
wrote this for you. I wrote this for you and only you. Everyone else
who reads it, doesn't get it."

Started 2007, I Wrote This For
You is an acclaimed exploration of hauntingly beautiful words,
photography and emotion that's unique to each person that reads it. This
book gathers together nearly 200 of the most beautiful entries into
four distinct chapters; Sun, Moon, Stars, Rain. Together with several
new and exclusive entries that don't appear anywhere else, each chapter
of I Wrote This For You focuses on a different facet of life, love,
loss, beginnings and endings.

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5

August 31, 2016

I wrote this for my grandfather.
I read to my grandfather from this book at the hospital for days. I bookmarked passages that I loved with torn up tissue papers because I couldn't stand to leave his side. We took breaks from the heartfelt, 20 page letter his daughter (my aunt) had sent him to beg him to hold on. She is in prison in another state, and she couldn't see her father in his last days. She wrote about forgiveness, on God and love and compassion, and on my grandfather's strength and love for us all. On our love for him back.

He never responded, but I know he heard me read him this. I know he heard her talking to him on the phone. I know he heard me whisper in his ear, late and night and long after everyone else had fallen asleep, "You're okay. Thank you. I'm sorry. You've been so brave. Your sister is coming. Soon you won't have to hold on any more. I'm so sorry. I love you. I promise to take care of everyone. I promise everyone is going to be okay. Please hold on a little longer. I love you..."

When they finally took off all the tubes, he didn't stir much as his blood pressure slowly but steadily dropped. He didn't open his eyes, but... I know he heard his family, all crowding around to show how much they love him.

I know he heard us singing "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" as his heart rate slowed.

I read this book again on the plane ride home. I can't count how many times I've read it since.

... If you didn't like the book, it's because you're not the one he wrote it for. Give it to someone that looks like they might be.
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Dec 29, 2011

Please pay the 4 dollars to buy this book for your new Christmas Kindle.

Read it slowly.

Connect the dots between the words and the titles and the photos. The resulting picture for you will be different than it is for me. Highlight entire passages. Bookmark them, write them on your hands, muse about how closely they relate to your life.

Read it again.

5

Dec 29, 2011

Review originally posted in Blackplume


Once in a while you found a book that somehow felt that it is written personally for you. As if the author writes the book with you in his mind, and the dedication has your name written on it. I Wrote This For You is one of those rare books if ever there is already one out there existing. It is also a kind of book that felt like you wrote by yourself for someone you love and care. As if the author write down all the feelings and thoughts you cannot express Review originally posted in Blackplume


Once in a while you found a book that somehow felt that it is written personally for you. As if the author writes the book with you in his mind, and the dedication has your name written on it. I Wrote This For You is one of those rare books if ever there is already one out there existing. It is also a kind of book that felt like you wrote by yourself for someone you love and care. As if the author write down all the feelings and thoughts you cannot express and manage to put them on the pages of this lovely book.

The book is divided into four parts: Sun, Moon, Stars, and Rain. It includes collections of photos, messages or poems that express real feelings and emotions. Each collections are artistically combined that somehow will touch your soul. The photos alone are carefully pick to show the different angle of life. Each descriptions and messages are heartwarming and inspiring. The photos captures life and the messages express the stories behind it. Stories we can all relate to and messages we all shares.

Reading those words somehow felt that the author took the words out of my soul and put it on paper. As if he really knew me so well, like a bestfriend I always wanted to have and he easily put into words all I wanted to say. There are so many quotations from the book that I can relate to, words that triggered memories from the past and give a glimpse of a bright future. It is like peeking into my diary and reading all the words I am silently keeping or letters I never send. It tells my story and everyone’s stories too.

There is one particular part of the book that makes me teary because the photo and the message really hit me. It reminds me of one of the place I visit in Taipei though it’s not exactly the same place it reminds me of my stay there. Of all the places I visited so far, Taiwan is the most memorable not only because that’s my first out of the country trip but also because of the experiences it gives me. In my eight days of stay there I experience the ups and down of life. I went through different emotions while I’m there. The experiences and adventures gives me not just memories but also molds me to be a better person. Reminding me those moments somehow resurrect me again to my soul. It reminds me of the people I love and care, people I lost and things that really matters in life.

I Wrote This For You is such a short read but the words it delivers expand beyond the pages. The messages are bleak, hopeful, real, and poignant. Add the mysterious and daunting photos, this book is written for you and only you by someone who dares to show how much you matter in this world and reminds you that there is someone who cares and life has meaning. ...more
5

August 13, 2016

A Beautiful Reflection
For anyone who's ever been a relationship, a break-up and the pendulum swinging between finding yourself alone and finally letting go... This book will help you remember the joy and heartache that comes with love and seeing the world from a different perspective. Visually intriguing and a book to make you think about the first time you truly fell in and out of love.
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Nov 20, 2012

This book is beautiful. Read it now.

Pros:
Every single thing about this book was perfection. After I read the blurb and the reviews I had pretty high expectaions. It lived up to every one of them. I Wrote This For You is about you. Not me, not a character, not anyone. YOU. Each picture and each word is personalized so that only you can know how it relates to you. Now I'm not saying this kind of book is for everyone. My dad picked it up, read a page, put it right back down. He didn't get it; he This book is beautiful. Read it now.

Pros:
Every single thing about this book was perfection. After I read the blurb and the reviews I had pretty high expectaions. It lived up to every one of them. I Wrote This For You is about you. Not me, not a character, not anyone. YOU. Each picture and each word is personalized so that only you can know how it relates to you. Now I'm not saying this kind of book is for everyone. My dad picked it up, read a page, put it right back down. He didn't get it; he didn't understand the beauty that is this book. I on the other hand was having a bad day, picked up this book, read a page, and smiled. Because what I read felt like it was meant for me. I will finish off by telling you to READ THIS BOOK. ...more
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Jul 25, 2017

The cover is a bit creepy, Some poems were dark, and depressing which makes it the perfect book for me.

"pleasefindthis"

i found this, and i loved it. :)
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Feb 19, 2019

Even before I saw the ARC of this book, I was already looking for a copy of this in a local bookstore here in the country. But it was always out of stock, hence I never have the chance to check out why there is a lot of good feedback about it. I was so delighted that there's an available reading copy, thus I immediately grab the opportunity to download it.

There are 190 poems and it is divided into four parts: Sun with 24; Moon that contains 47; Stars has 58; and Rain with 61 odes. Among the four Even before I saw the ARC of this book, I was already looking for a copy of this in a local bookstore here in the country. But it was always out of stock, hence I never have the chance to check out why there is a lot of good feedback about it. I was so delighted that there's an available reading copy, thus I immediately grab the opportunity to download it.

There are 190 poems and it is divided into four parts: Sun with 24; Moon that contains 47; Stars has 58; and Rain with 61 odes. Among the four sections, I like the last because I found a lot of good ones in that portion. Several of the poems that are remarkable for me is The Nature of my Body, The Video on the Way Down, The Trees That Decided Not To Die, and The World Needs More Lighthouses.

Overall, there are 21 poems that I think are quite exceptional from this collection; while some of the odes are okay, there are others that are mediocre. Nevertheless, this a good anthology that will appeal more to young adults.
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Sep 21, 2014

Having had some time to think about this, I feel like this style of poems/quotes works better and has greater impact when each is viewed alone. If you read one quoted somewhere online, then it can seem quite deep and profound and steeped in beautiful truth. But when you sit and read through pages and pages of the same, it feels cheesy and contrived. At least, it does to me.

Imagine you're on a date and the other person says you're beautiful (or the equivalent). At first, that seems really nice Having had some time to think about this, I feel like this style of poems/quotes works better and has greater impact when each is viewed alone. If you read one quoted somewhere online, then it can seem quite deep and profound and steeped in beautiful truth. But when you sit and read through pages and pages of the same, it feels cheesy and contrived. At least, it does to me.

Imagine you're on a date and the other person says you're beautiful (or the equivalent). At first, that seems really nice and you probably get all warm and tingly inside. But if they don't stop, if they continue on and on by saying: "You are the most beautiful person I have ever seen. Your eyes are like the deepest ocean. Your hair is like liquid chocolate." I mean, pass me the bucket. Also, I no longer believe a single word they say.

That's kinda how these books of poetry make me feel.

I would have liked this much more during my teenage emo phase. Nowadays, it seems cliche and extremely emotionally manipulative. And emotionally manipulative books are those that leave me feeling most emotionless of all. It's slightly better written, but I would recommend this for fans of the modern tumblr quote-style poetry - think Lang Leav, Rupi Kaur and/or Amanda Lovelace.

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November 19, 2017

... based of the preview excerpts but it is still good. I don't know how else to describe what ...
This was a little bit different than I expected based of the preview excerpts but it is still good. I don't know how else to describe what I mean by that. Let me try: I am very into self-help, inspirational poetry and literature. However, when I was reading this, it just felt very emotional, which is not a bad thing but it just isn't my style. A lot of the poems focus on how another person makes you feel and I'm a very independent person. I like reading things that make me whole in myself and are not confessions of love for another person. Yes, I like that side of poetry but this was a little much for me. JUST A PERSONAL OPINION THOUGH. For example, "The Most Important Thing Humans Do" reads, "Go to work. Eat. Dream. Try to sleep. Think of you. Count the stars. Wake up. Think of you. Be here. Listen to what they're saying. Think of you..... etc etc...." You get it. Not my style. If you don't like reading things that make you feel like you are completely reliant on another person to function then I would probably skip reading this. No offense to the author, it's great work. Just not my personal preference of poetry.
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Mar 01, 2014

Congratulations Author! You have just gathered the shattered divine chakras that are confined to heal your own pathetic emotional wounds. I'm so proud of you. Now lock yourself in a room, reread your book eight times and glue your shit together.

This book is a collection of prose and poetry written out of intense heartaches, depressed judgments, schizophrenic thinking and Fly High drugs. At first, I adore how the author contemplates about human emotions - how they revolve around every core of our Congratulations Author! You have just gathered the shattered divine chakras that are confined to heal your own pathetic emotional wounds. I'm so proud of you. Now lock yourself in a room, reread your book eight times and glue your shit together.

This book is a collection of prose and poetry written out of intense heartaches, depressed judgments, schizophrenic thinking and Fly High drugs. At first, I adore how the author contemplates about human emotions - how they revolve around every core of our atoms, how they trigger earthly and heavenly impulses and the plenty little things that they offer but then, its exaggeration and sugarcoating has flee to Pluto that I no longer know how to fathom them. Some stuff were cliché - lyrics from a song, a segment from a quote, a phrase from a television advertisement.

As much as I respect wordcraft, the author turned out bludgeoning its beauty. The writing was a mixture of simple words crafted ambitiously. Yet, it barely pulled through. Here take a read:

“Just pretend you’re in a movie. Be as brave and as full of love as the main character. Because we all need to believe in movies, sometimes.”

“You were better to the ones that were worse for you. And worse to the one that was better for you.”

“You cannot go back in time, even if you wish it with every fiber of your being, your heart and soul, even if you think about it every day.
Trust me. I know.”

“After darkness, there is always light and you get reminded of this every morning but still you choose to believe that the night will last forever. Nothing lasts forever. Not the good or the bad. So you might as well smile while you’re here."

“If you don’t think I’m important “you’re a no one, not a someone. Because everyone is important to someone.”

“The bad news is, people are crueler meaner and more evil than you’ve ever imagined. The good news is, people are kinder, gentler and more loving than you’ve ever dreamed.”

“That the difference between pain and love is time. That love is only as real as you want it to be. That if you feel good, you look good but it doesn’t always work the other way around.
That the sun will rise each day and it’s up to you each day if you match it. That nothing matters up until this point. That what you decide now, in this moment, will change the future. Forever. That rain is beautiful.
And so are you.”

FUCK YOU, PRICK.

I recommend this book to jejegirls who are either in love or in need of love or broken or just feeling all the shit the world gladly offers.

This would have been good if the author had given importance to the following points:

1. PHOTOGRAPHS
It seems to me that the author is a little less like a thief snagging pictures on Flickr. (Not that I'm certain though. Hihi.) Worse is, what he got out of the box were a bunch of creepy - not creepy cool Ransom Riggs, but creepy creepy unlikely - photographs. The book showed more than one photo of an antediluvian Buddha or who ever it was, effortlessly squinting his eyes (Oh wait. Belated Happy Birthday Buddha, I'm sorry for even including you here) over my imperfect reading posture and I'm like, bullshit, the photos are not working. Artistic proportions and bokehful symmetry were consistent trends among the photos but then along the way, a photo popped showing typical Asian highschoolers in the streets smiling at the camera that you might as well find in a yearbook. CRAAAP. JUST CRAP. How could you put your own selfie in your own graphic book? Hashtag Shameless Sunday. Best solution? Tear off all the photographs.

2. SEQUENCING
The book took off from teenage-i-crush-you-you-crush-them-i'm-invisible feels to eventually you and I falling in love with each other to conflicts and then to a truckload of stupid things which made me conclude that the author went nutts in the end. I think the author wasn't able to chronologically arrange the pieces. One moment it was good. Then it was bad. Then it was good. Then bad. Then crazy. Then good. Then fuck. I felt cheated.

2. PRONOUNS AND HIMSELF
The real problem here is the title. It should have been I Wrote This for Me . Really. The progression of pronouns from you to I probably went off unnoticed by the author since he was confused by who were who. Truth be told, the author himself was both you and I. Amazing uncovering. Damn. Father Palahniuk, I did it. Okay. Kidding aside, I think you are somewhere between narcissistic and problematic. However, the book is there to help you.

Author. Whoever you are. I wrote this review for you. Yes, you. No shit. ...more
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Sep 30, 2017

This book employs poetry placed next to photographs, which I was excited for, but it fell completely flat. All the pictures were blurry and of random things, and they weren't necessarily pretty, and didn't really add anything to the poems.

And the poems themselves were sometimes pretty, sometimes okay. When I got to the final section of this book, I was ready for it to be over. It wasn't necessarily bad, but the subject matter and the way love was discussed just became super generic. I This book employs poetry placed next to photographs, which I was excited for, but it fell completely flat. All the pictures were blurry and of random things, and they weren't necessarily pretty, and didn't really add anything to the poems.

And the poems themselves were sometimes pretty, sometimes okay. When I got to the final section of this book, I was ready for it to be over. It wasn't necessarily bad, but the subject matter and the way love was discussed just became super generic. I highlighted a few lines here and there, but it nothing that made me think too hard or sit back and go "whoa."

I finished this completely unaffected and glad it was over, but there were still some nice quotes sprinkled in. ...more
5

Jan 02, 2015

This book is mine.
It's written with me in its mind.
All these words are for me.
Only for me.
The title even says it: I Wrote This For You.
And it is.
This little piece of magic touches me so deeply that I want to dig my fingers in its papers and hold it tight, forever.

This book shares my secrets with you guys.
My feelings, hard to formulate in words, but this author does that exactly.
It feels like a warm hug, a soft smile and a comforting word all in a dreamy book about ME.
But it was like that for This book is mine.
It's written with me in its mind.
All these words are for me.
Only for me.
The title even says it: I Wrote This For You.
And it is.
This little piece of magic touches me so deeply that I want to dig my fingers in its papers and hold it tight, forever.

This book shares my secrets with you guys.
My feelings, hard to formulate in words, but this author does that exactly.
It feels like a warm hug, a soft smile and a comforting word all in a dreamy book about ME.
But it was like that for you as well, right?

"The world will carry on without you and me when we're gone.
Let it carry on."

"The heart we share.
Every time,
they cut you,
I bleed."

It's not often you come across a book that speaks directly to your soul.
It's not often that you wish you could call the author of a book you just finished to talk about life with said author.
It's not often that your whole book is highlighted, because almost every poem felt like yours.

"I know you're not here,
I can see it in your eyes when we talk.
Where ever you are,
Come back soon."

"You were better to the ones that were worse for you.
And worse to the one that was better for you."

I Wrote This For You is a little bit magic and words. It's a simple idea. The book is filled with poems and photo's. The photo's are simple.
Photo's of our daily lives, but the way it is presented, with the poems, makes is something more. A subway is suddenly loneliness, the trees become love, the ocean is kindness and your mind is the creator of the story. This book is YOURS. The words are chosen thoughtfully. The author is speaking directly to you and everyone will see something else in it.

"And you will find no fear here,
in unkind words,
or the hardness of others.
And you fill find no sadness here,
in the meanness of the world,
in the anger that comes from those who feel small,
And you will find no hurt here,
in a million insults or a single, softly spoken lie.
Because only a hard heart shatters.
Only a hard heart breaks."

"You're okay.
Breathe. Just breathe.
Open your eyes. Come back.
It's over now. You're okay. Wake up. Please wake up. Don't do this to me.
Don't do this to me. I love you so fucking much. Come back."

"Don't you dare to tell me nothing matters.
Everything matters.
Every fucking drop of rain, every ray of sunlight, every wisp of cloud matters and they matter because I can see them, and if I can see them, they can see me. I know that there's an entire world that cares out there, hiding behind a world that doesn't, afraid to show who it really is and with or without you, I will drag that world out of the dirt and the blood until we live in it.
Until we all live in it."

Overall, a great poetic read about life, love, the nature and loneliness.
I Wrote This For You is indeed written for you. Just for you. ...more
5

Jan 31, 2013

This book is extremely special. "I Wrote This For You" is exactly what it sounds like; a book written for you. There are two subjects throughout this whole book- "you" and "me". This allows the reader to apply the short stories to anyone or anything they want. It could be a boyfriend, a girlfriend, a mom, dad or sibling. Granted some of the stories may be more aplicable to a significant other/ lover versus a sibling, but there is still the ability of choice due to no names. Although a majority This book is extremely special. "I Wrote This For You" is exactly what it sounds like; a book written for you. There are two subjects throughout this whole book- "you" and "me". This allows the reader to apply the short stories to anyone or anything they want. It could be a boyfriend, a girlfriend, a mom, dad or sibling. Granted some of the stories may be more aplicable to a significant other/ lover versus a sibling, but there is still the ability of choice due to no names. Although a majority of these stories are short, sometimes only a sentence, they carry the shadow of longer days.

The fact that with one sentence you can imagine a whole person, is one of my favorite parts about the book. I love that the reader is able to apply that sentence to anyone that they may know, or completely make up the background of the story. I really enjoy envisioning the lives of two people who go to the circus all the time, or hopscotch through a mall. Its fun to imagine the author (Iain Thomas) writing these stories; who was he writing about??

The other thing that I really enjoy about this book is the fact that it is a collaboration piece. Iain Thomas is a South African writer (that's what initially drew me to him) who collaborated with his friend, whom he met online, who was a photographer living in Japan. The pictures add to the stories significantly. The visual representation of a scene or place to associate with these stories allows for greater understanding.

I will most likely be passing this book around to my friends if I can bear to part with it for a little while. The stories are entrancing and I think anyone would enjoy it. The whole concept is neat, and I feel that everyone should experience reading a book that was 'written for them'. ...more
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Aug 08, 2014

Imagine that the douchey, fakely profound guy in your psych 101 class and the worst, equally fakely profound girl in your poetry class that your professor for some stupid reason thinks is a genius had a one night stand that resulted in a baby.

That is this book. And it's almost unbearably terrible. Do not read it.
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Jul 25, 2017

I like this poetry collection. The poems are heartfelt, raw and straightforward. Some of it are repetitive and a little cheesy. It's good and relatable. By the way, the photos are beautifully captured! I had fun reading this book but not my favorite.
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Feb 23, 2019

I’ve decided I need to stop reading “trendy poetry”... This was good, but it was just good. I like poetry that makes me cry or makes me say “wow” or makes me feel understood. This book was nice at times & I dog-eared a few pages, but I truly only thought maybe 10 out of the 194 pages were decent. It was a breeze through read & I just don’t understand why so many people obsessed over it. It has won awards, gotten outstanding recommendations here on goodreads... but I just don’t get it. I’ve decided I need to stop reading “trendy poetry”... This was good, but it was just good. I like poetry that makes me cry or makes me say “wow” or makes me feel understood. This book was nice at times & I dog-eared a few pages, but I truly only thought maybe 10 out of the 194 pages were decent. It was a breeze through read & I just don’t understand why so many people obsessed over it. It has won awards, gotten outstanding recommendations here on goodreads... but I just don’t get it. Maybe I am alone in this. Or maybe I’m being pessimistic.... But to me this was a collection of heartbreak & longing that should’ve just been posted on tumblr. I’m sorry if you loved this book & my review offends you, but I’m just looking to understand the hype. Comment if you’ve read this & what you thought. I feel as if I’m being a bit of a harsh critic... Lol. Just particular about my poetry. ...more
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May 19, 2016

"I need you to understand something. I wrote this for you. I wrote this for you and only you. Everyone else who reads it, doesn’t get it. They may think they get it, but they don’t. This is the sign you’ve been looking for. You were meant to read these words."

This book is a collection of of poetry and photograph written for you. Not everybody will be able to understand this book. I like this kind of style to combine photography and literature because I also use it on my poems except "I need you to understand something. I wrote this for you. I wrote this for you and only you. Everyone else who reads it, doesn’t get it. They may think they get it, but they don’t. This is the sign you’ve been looking for. You were meant to read these words."

This book is a collection of of poetry and photograph written for you. Not everybody will be able to understand this book. I like this kind of style to combine photography and literature because I also use it on my poems except the pictures are borrowed. LOL^^ Thank Google for that.

This book comes with honest feelings about adoration, hurt and moving on. If you are cynic then this is not for you because you'll just find that the prose and poetry came from a depressed person but I dig this kind of thing; it doesn't need to rhyme, just pure honest feelings. Because that's what poetry and art is, it's about expression.
"So yes, we could kiss. I could kiss you and you could kiss me. There’s no science, plane ticket or clock stopping us. But if we kiss, it will end the world. And I’ve ended the world before. No one survived. Least of all me."
I'm just not fan of the photographs. I mean who am I to question photography because I have little knowledge of it. In my opinion some of the photographs matches the poetry and prose, some just don't. Again this poetry book is not for all, but compared to Lang Leav's Love and Misadventure I rather like this one.

I recommend this to people who embrace melancholy and to those who have a lot of feelings. LOL^^ ...more
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Jul 09, 2013

I really hoped to like this, because the few bits and pieces that I saw floating around were really great aphorisms. But the thing as a whole was just so much of the same, and it felt like the punch line to every single piece was 'for YOU'; I mean, even the title follows that formula. That's not necessarily a bad thing in itself, but it gets old after a while. So many cliches, one after another, all to render the same stereotypical responses... it just had this overly dramatic teenage-angst feel I really hoped to like this, because the few bits and pieces that I saw floating around were really great aphorisms. But the thing as a whole was just so much of the same, and it felt like the punch line to every single piece was 'for YOU'; I mean, even the title follows that formula. That's not necessarily a bad thing in itself, but it gets old after a while. So many cliches, one after another, all to render the same stereotypical responses... it just had this overly dramatic teenage-angst feel going on that I couldn't stomach. The author wrote some nice snippets that stood alright on their own, but for a collection, I felt like this constant reversal back to the eponymous 'you' and the plodding, redundant themes made it far too formulaic and contrived to actually enjoy.

That said, I can see why other people enjoyed it so much, and all the more power to them. Me, I just want a refund. ...more
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Sep 07, 2017

“And everyone, somewhere, is someone, if we only give them a chance.”

I have no words. Really. This felt as if i were reading someone's personal, precious words, not a book. I related to so many of those words on different levels, and i couldn't help but savour each single one of them.

It was very enjoyable, and unlike any poetry book that i've read before. I read it carefully, for some reason, as if the words will fade if i read them too quickly. The photographs are mesmerising, and sometimes “And everyone, somewhere, is someone, if we only give them a chance.”

I have no words. Really. This felt as if i were reading someone's personal, precious words, not a book. I related to so many of those words on different levels, and i couldn't help but savour each single one of them.

It was very enjoyable, and unlike any poetry book that i've read before. I read it carefully, for some reason, as if the words will fade if i read them too quickly. The photographs are mesmerising, and sometimes i'd catch myself staring at a few of them for a minute or two. I have no enough words for this, but it's more than fair to say that i loved it. ...more
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Jan 21, 2014

3.5 stars

Some poems in here were really amazing, but then there were quite a few that were misses for me. I think the first 100 pages were by far the strongest in the chapbook.

Overall I loved that there were pictures accompanying each poem--I thought that was very unique.
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Dec 27, 2017

The type of poetry: Free Verse
How many hearts would have be invaded for the every reasons, if each time you said “I love you”, you meant it?

Take a hint! How about the hierarchical order of you, two people, people, and the whole world together? This one flows in that order. Rather than stating it as poetry, I would say that these are quotations emphasized on love, life, surviving obstacles, leading optimism and much more. The beautiful familiar snippets put together with the evocative The type of poetry: Free Verse
How many hearts would have be invaded for the every reasons, if each time you said “I love you”, you meant it?

Take a hint! How about the hierarchical order of you, two people, people, and the whole world together? This one flows in that order. Rather than stating it as poetry, I would say that these are quotations emphasized on love, life, surviving obstacles, leading optimism and much more. The beautiful familiar snippets put together with the evocative approach. Some of them do hold layered connotation and some are too simplistic. I admire the Title + Photograph + Canto concept. Some of them do lack depth but it glorifies as we usually neglect the on-going small things around us.
Of course it’s complicated. If it wasn’t, I probably wouldn’t be interested in you.
The archetypal which addresses “YOU” in a direct manner, it sings faintly starting from personal problems to the world.
Just like you mistook lust for love, you have mistaken being alone with loneliness. So I’m fine. Thank you for asking.
P.S.: I cannot state drawbacks of any poetry because it is coated with unknown layers so this one is for everyone who acknowledges the emotion - “LOVE”. This one will console you - "You are not alone!"
You are a drop of perfect in an imperfect world. And all I need is a taste.
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Oct 13, 2012

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I'm sure every single person on this planet has had moments in his or her life where things just don't work out the way they want them to. Maybe you're hungry but there's no more milk left to suck out of the bottle. Maybe you got caught in a sudden downpour and your socks are squelching and gross. Maybe you just broke up with someone you really love. Maybe you got fired from work and now you don't know what to do. These are the moments when you feel hurt or http://www.theinkgobbler.blogspot.com/

I'm sure every single person on this planet has had moments in his or her life where things just don't work out the way they want them to. Maybe you're hungry but there's no more milk left to suck out of the bottle. Maybe you got caught in a sudden downpour and your socks are squelching and gross. Maybe you just broke up with someone you really love. Maybe you got fired from work and now you don't know what to do. These are the moments when you feel hurt or angry or listless or sad. But sometimes, there are little things that end up brightening your day, even if its by the smallest of degrees. This book is one of those little things.

"I Wrote This For You" is a collection of nearly 200 of the most beautiful and meaningful entries about life, love, loss, beginnings, ending, and, above all, hope. Each of the four distinct chapters--Sun, Moon, Stars, Rain--explores the different facets of these themes of our lives and, in the process, brings readers to an understanding of themselves.

The photographs, the chapter titles, and the entries themselves all work together beautifully to really tug at your heart strings. What struck me was how personal each and every entry was. Being a hopeless romantic myself, I could relate to or at least imagine the emotions and images behind the simply-worded sentences. I can't help but to connect my own personal experiences to what's written on the page--which is precisely what the author had intended. Here's one of my favourite entries:

I don't know if you felt that or not.
But it felt like two people kissing after hours of thinking about it.
It felt like two people talking after nights of silence.
It felt like two people touching after weeks of being numb.
It felt like two people facing each other after months of looking away.
It felt like two people in love after years of being alone.
And it felt like two people meeting each other, after an entire lifetime of not meeting each other.

It's so beautiful. The emotions wrought in the words really call out to you, almost to the point where they're palpable. You feel the relief, the breathtaking moment when you finally do that something or meet that someone. You become both the 'me' and the 'you'. There's a sweet sadness behind it, but, at the same time, there's hope, too. The simplicity of the language really reminds me that life is just that--it's not some grand movie or drama on a stage. Instead, life is life and nothing more. We smile, laugh, cry, yell, have good moments and bad moments, and, in the end, it comes down to us living through each and every day.

This short, sweet book is really a story of your own life. It really touches something inside of you, and I even went on the blog that the entries were originally from to read more. The words linger, and that's truly the most important gift a book can ever give you. I highly recommend picking up a copy--it will stay with you for days, if not years.

Rating: 5/5 ...more
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Oct 16, 2015

I AM COMPLETELY BLOWN AWAY BY THE INTENSITY OF THIS BOOK!
Loved & felt every single word of this book, like it was written for me.
Some books that can touch our soul, and this was one of them!! JUST WOW.

I WISH SOMEDAY SOMEONE WRITE A BOOK LIKE THIS FOR ME TOO!!
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June 13, 2017

Great long read! :)
Usually poem books or short and to the point. This book had its varieties. I enjoyed it and took my time with it as you can see with the coffee stains and what not. I had a few poems stick out to me much more than others. Def recommend! Only downside is the photographs don't always fit MY interpretation of the poem itself. But maybe that won't be the case for you!
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Jan 02, 2013

I Wrote This For You is wonderful because it can speak to so many people at so many different levels. For myself, the quotation, “You forget that, in the dark, we must move closer together in order to see each other. You were never alone.” which is featured in the book, spoke to me. When I read this passage, I immediately thought of myself as a adolescent battling depression as well as my family and friends who are currently battling depression. With depression, it is so difficult to see the I Wrote This For You is wonderful because it can speak to so many people at so many different levels. For myself, the quotation, “You forget that, in the dark, we must move closer together in order to see each other. You were never alone.” which is featured in the book, spoke to me. When I read this passage, I immediately thought of myself as a adolescent battling depression as well as my family and friends who are currently battling depression. With depression, it is so difficult to see the light. Even when good things happen, one still feels lost. What makes this quote understandable, to me, is that it shows you that you are not alone even when things seem to be that way. With that said, this passage can be interpreted a number of different ways for a number of different people.

The book has a certain versatility that is remarkable. If this book, as well as the passages, are as popular as they've become then it says one thing about humans - we are much more similar than we believe. We have gone through similar heartbreaks, love affairs, hardships, and experiences. Maybe we just need to communicate more often (or share favorite passages in this book!) to understand our similarities rather than focusing on our differences. ...more

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