Wildly Human Book Review

Wildly Human by Christina Barnes Book Review

Wildy Human: Quirky and Empowering Stories for Women is exactly that – a collection of delightfully odd stories with a positive kick. Expect the unexpected with this gem. Digital Rabbit Hole | 2015 | Kindle | 150 pp

The stories are meaningful allegories meant for women who are held hostage by societal constraints, male dominance, or a general fear of spreading one’s wings. The stories are short, whimsical, and with a rather big catch – the main players aren’t always human, but the stories are. Hence the title: Wildly Human.

Each story is enhanced with a creative illustration also done by the author.


Wildly Human by Christina Barnes

My favorite story is entitled Some Love Stinks – a story that is all too familiar to me. This is the story of predator and prey thinly veiled as a romantic partnership. It’s the story of a pompous and overbearing man who continually beats down upon his so-called love verbally, berating her with insults and enforcing her dependence by telling her how lucky she was because HE (and his God-sized ego) was in her life. The abuse is constant, until she feels so lowly about herself that she becomes a shell. But then – she does it. She ‘Lets Go’. In the story, it was done physically, but in the heart of the story – it was done emotionally. I was in this very same situation long ago and I can still feel the sting.

There are other wonderful stories seen through the eyes of the unexpected. A scifi monkey engineer who is afraid of failure, a flamingo who is afraid to leave her ‘safe zone’, a playground’s rocking horse who wants to get free from a bad situation, a little girl and a seal pup who overcome bullies. The mature context is wrapped in playful and childlike allegories which make them all the more enchanting.

I highly suggest Wildly Human not only for the coffee table, but as a gift between friends. Books are therapy. This one, even more so. I’ll be keeping this one close.

Wildly Human: Quirky And Empowering Stories For Women
by Christina Barnes

Wildly Human: Quirky And Empowering Stories For Women

Rebecca Skane is the editor-in-chief for the Portsmouth Review. She holds a Bachelor of the Arts degree from Lawrence University in Wisconsin and resides in Portsmouth, NH with her husband and two children. She is the founder of The Portsmouth Book Club which boasts over 1,000 members. She also doubles as a professional escapist. Her genres are scifi and fantasy, both adult and young adult - but she often reads outside of her preferred genres. You can follow her on GoodReads. Aside from her love of good books, she is a professional website developer, content editor, and SEO expert. You can visit her web design and development site at RebeccaSkane.com.

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