Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Author: Emma Lee
Released: January 8th 2019
I received a copy of Hidden Heartbreak through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Hidden Heatbreak was originally an Instagram project, believe it or not. It made it to print, which is something the creator, Emma Lee, should be extremely proud of. The project was designed to help the artist cope with a rough break up. It’s something we’re all likely familiar with, so it’s impossible not to sympathize with her there.
I was a bit surprised to see that the story itself actually covers the whole of the relationship, from the early stages (and early warnings signs) to the (in this case inevitable) downfall of the relationship. I don’t know why, but I was expecting the project to have started with everything being in the past; that seems like the healthy way to look at it?
However it’s clear that for Emma Lee she had to take the relationship apart in order to see what went wrong. I can understand that. Sometimes you can’t see how toxic a relationship is until it’s over. I hope that the insight proved useful, both for her and all of her followers and readers.
Some of the writing felt bitter and not helpful in terms of recovery or moving on, though we’re not all emotionless robots, so I understand where it’s all coming from.