Empty Roads & Broken Bottles; In Search For The Great Perhaps by Charlotte Eriksson
Cover Rating: ★★★☆☆
Overall Rating: ★★★★★
My Favourite Chapter: “They all wanted me to shrink”
Would I Recommend? ★★★★☆
“This was a turning point, a crossroad, and things would change from now on. And all I could do was to either ignore it and keep running blindly on that never-ending road, or I could embrace this change and see where it could lead me, I could follow my heart and simply trust my story.”
Charlotte begins her story, somewhere in England, having moved from Sweden in order to pursue her dream of becoming a musician. This is important for you to know, as this book is a memoir of sorts, a gritty telling of her own story and her search for greater things.
There is no plot, there are no main characters other than Charlotte, her guitar and great writers to keep her company. If you’re looking for something fast and full of action, you’re looking in the wrong place. However, if you’re like me; also in search of something greater, in need of some honesty, in need of reassurance about your life choices, a few words to make you feel less scared about your life- this is the right book for you.
This isn’t a piece of literary perfection, because it’s real, there are gaps and pauses and pieces that seem insignificant at the time; much the same as real life. If you pull this all together, you’re left with an inspiring story of one woman on her own journey in life.
This is a book that many people are going to take in a very different way, and all I can do is tell you how this inspired me. Charlotte’s story is a rare one, but the sentiments behind every motive and action is something we all feel at some point in our life.
This is uniquely beautiful, every word breathes honesty, pain, struggle and lust for life. Soaked with Charlotte’s own inspirations in life, it’s natural that this pours into your own life. This was certainly the case for me. Very few people take the time to look backwards into their lives, even fewer would write so honestly about it. This is how a journey is made. Yearning for life oozes out every word and it becomes easy to understand why a person would choose to live a life in the way Charlotte has done, it’s easy to admire her choices and struggles.
There are aspects that are painful to read, but this is reflective of real life. Each dark part is counteracted by the small but beautiful things in life, highlighting why it’s important to live the life you wish to.
This isn’t a story of climbing to the top of the game, it’s a story of fighting to stay floating above the surface. When you have any kind of dream or ambition, that really is all you can hope to do. There’s no suggestion of an idyllic living, it’s gritty and dirty, but it’s bearable; it’s maintained by art. Some people will get that, some people won’t.
There’s something that everybody can see, it takes a special kind of person to take these risks and to take on what feels like the entire world. It doesn’t matter who you are, but this will leave you reflecting on your own life, wishes and choices.
This isn’t a phrase I often use, perhaps never before. This is a book that has the potential to change your life. It’s certainly helped me on my own journey.
Is this something that’s about to become a classic novel? Certainly not, but that isn’t the intention. It’s so much stronger than that.
For me, this book is something cloaked around inspirations found in life, I like that about it. Some of you may not, some of you my find it a bit too cliché. I would disagree. Everybody has a story to tell, very few tell theirs. Charlotte has, and I’m glad she has.
Perhaps I’m biased, as I consider Charlotte a friend of mine and have nothing but pure admiration for all of her hard work and willingness to face failure straight on. I can offer but nothing but praise for a person who puts themselves out there, wounds, scars and everything not so pretty included.
This was never intended to be a fairy tale, this is one person’s life available for you to hold in your hands.