Live, Love & Learn
The Wish List of Albie Young by Ruby Hummingbird is the unexpected, poignant story of finding oneself in the face of an overwhelming tragedy. What do you do when your world turns upside down for the second time in your life? When the one bright spot in your dull day to day life no longer shines? For Maria Birch, she didn’t know what to do. Until the answer came unexpectedly, and she had no choice but to follow the wish list that was left behind.
The Wish List of Albie Young is a big change for me. Normally, I’m not drawn into stories written in third person. There are few exceptions, which are: the writing has to be phenomenal, and the story has to suck me in. Ruby Hummingbird (fabulous name!) instantly drew me in her story about Maria Birch because her writing is both thoughtful and phenomenal. The storyline and plot is both intriguing and emotional.
What I liked best is that with each task on the list, Maria slowly starts to re-enter the land of the living. Not that she was dead before, but that she was a husk of the person she once was. At the end of each chapter, there’s a small snippet of memories told in first person. Throughout the book you start to realize that the mother in the snippets sharing these memories is Maria, and that she’s sharing memories about her daughter. Folks, this is why I called the book “poignant.” These memories, even though they are short, evoke so much emotion that there were times that I felt an ache while reading.
Set in England, in Brighton, there is a whole crew of characters that Maria interacts with that really help to guide and shape her while she complete’s Albie’s wish list. Not to mention, despite the fact that we don’t actually meet Albie in the book, his spirit is so prevalent throughout that Albie becomes as dear and beloved as Maria right up to the very end.
One lesson that I will for sure takeaway from Ruby Hummingbird’s The Wish List of Albie Young is that you’re never too old to change or to do what’s right.
We all get one life to live, and The Wish List of Albie Young is a testament to living a life of no regrets. Live your life. Love with your whole heart, and learn new things every day.