REVIEW: Petrichor by Ash Gabrieli


Hi everyone, I’m back with a book review!  The review is Spoiler Free, so don’t worry about getting spoiled. 

Petrichor by Ash Gabrieli

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Genre: Fiction

Rating: 4.5/5

Goodreads Synopsis: 

Julia Williams has an ordinary life, which is nothing like the drama which her peers are going through.
In a month, she will have a long-awaited move to college, a new life, and new acquaintances.
One rainy day, out of habit, Julia decides to lock herself in the library and pick a new book for reading.
Unexpectedly, she discovers a diary on one of the top bookshelves of the library, which makes her go to her mother to get answers. 


In the most of the cases not the happiness, but the things that are burning and destroying people from inside are the cause of creating art.’’ 

I want to thank the author for a copy in exchange for an honest review.

I was really surprised how much I enjoyed this book! The concept of the story was something that really caught my attention while reading the synopsis, but I was really blown away once I started to actually read the book. It took a turn that I wasn’t really expecting, but this demonstrates how sometimes simple stories can be very touching and meaningful. 

It was a really easy and short read, but at the same time deep and powerful. The writing was really beautiful, I could just make a whole blog about all the amazing quotes in this book and, most importantly, how relatable they were. While reading, I would just stop to reread certain phrases over and over again, they were a perfect representation put in words of all those feeling and emotions that, I think, we all get to feel at one point in our lives. 

Some mornings you just got up, felt sad, and that’s it. Life is beautiful; everything around is good. But there is nothing you can do about it.’’ 

For the character, I though that they were really good and worked great with the story. The main character, Julia, was relatable and I enjoyed reading about her journey, from finding a misterios dairy that would change the perspective of the people around her, to her own journey that lead her to discover parts of herself. The rest of the character were great and very interesting on their own.

I had some trouble at the beginning because of the format, since it was not something I was really used to, but I quickly got lost inside the story and forgot about it. Also, it wasn’t that descriptive, but I think that worked perfectly for this story, because it centered more around the dialogue and thoughts of the characters. 

In general, this is a book that I’ll highly recommend. Is really worth reading and you will discover so many new favorite quotes inside its pages that will stay with you for a very long time. 

We get more sensitive over the years. Feeling get worse over the years, just over the time we learn to hide them.’’ 


Like I said, I could just make a blog dedicated to all the amazing quotes in this book, but here are some of my favorites:

Her love has become a sea for me… I began to swim deeper and deeper until I finally drowned.’’ 

…because there was more sense in this silence than if one of us started filling it with empty words.’’

We must not lose people close to us on the way to our dawn.’’ 

The most unpredictable and difficult war a man does wage is a war with himself, with his own mind. Those people who lost their minds apparently lost that war.’’

People see exclusively what they want to see and believe in what they want to believe. No more or less than. Only a few try to see through your should and understand what is really going on there.’’

This is a way to speak out. It doesn’t matter that no one hears you. It is better than telling someone what is going on inside you and hearing the annoying  answer: ‘’ Everything will be fine.’’ Words that are meant to console, in fact, represent complete indifference. Silence is better, in which there is more sense than in this phrase. ‘’ Everything will be fine.’’

Planning life ahead for such a period of time is wrong. Somehow, something will go wrong and lead to despair. And desperate people are unpredictable. You never know what to expect from them.’’ 

• ‘In the life of every person comes a moment when he is alone in the whole world, despite the number of people around him. He is alone, surrounded by himself. Surrounded by his thoughts and no superpowers across the entire universe can help him to get rid of them. You cannot avoid it as well as you are not able to stop your own imagination.’’ 

You don’t have to necessarily stop breathing to be dead. How can somebody be alive and dead at the same time?’’ 

Sometimes, I wonder: does humanity want to be saved?.’’ 


Hope you enjoy it! Let me know all your thoughts in the comments. 

Love, 

Drea. 

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