|Title: Love! Live Dangerously! And Have Fun!|
|Author: Catherine Khoo|
|Publisher: Wicked Witty Women!|
|Series: Stand alone|
Intended to inspire women and their daughters, Love! Live Dangerously! And Have Fun! shares her insights on being a daughter, a mother and more!Love! Live Dangerously! And Have Fun! details the life and adventures of one Catherine Khoo, author and founder of Janus Education and the Young Author Award in Singapore. It's also a memoir to her children about life, how she came into publishing and various other non-linear segments. I rather like the idea of leaving an actual book full of stories of your life to your children. There's the chance for them to learn more about the notable events in their parents' lives.
Subtitled A Mother’s Lessons on Love, Hope, Loss and the Gifts of Life, it goes through Catherine’s personal journey through life, highlighting her wild teenage days, her marriage at an early age of 24, her three children, and other life-changing events that many mothers would be familiar with.
“I’ve come to terms with my life. I met the Dalai Lama at 48, and realised that life is about celebrating each day, embracing what it offers me. I’m thankful for the people that came into my life. From each I learnt a valuable lesson,” reads a snippet from Catherine’s book.
With forewords by three women, each an inspiration to women worldwide, the book lends strong credence to her journey. Frances Yip, the international superstar, writes in her foreword, “Catherine worked very hard in her career and is now dedicated to teaching the young. I admire her courage and determination.”
LLDAHF happens to be a more sedate affair than some other memoirs I've read, focusing on Khoo's life after marriage. Meant to nurture and inspire, each chapter consists of two parts: the event and the lesson that Khoo hopes we can gather from it.
I found the cuts within the chapters to be quite disjointed, crossing over from storytime to coming across as quite preachy. Instead, the lessons could have been better illustrated within the story itself. The stories themselves were heartwarming, written in cute bite-sized pieces, and I rather enjoyed reading about them. In fact, a whole book full of those stories appeal to me--just don't add a lesson summary at the end.
One of the stories that resonated with me happened to be the story of how Khoo met her future husband, and their lives afterward. In that one short chapter alone--consisting of six pages, I got more of an insight into her than the previous chapters.
An outspoken and independent woman, Khoo succeeds in living within society's expectations of her as a woman in the 1980s. Yet, there were strains of dissent and rebellion within her that made her want to strive for more than being what other people expected of her. It's a feeling that all of us have had at least once in our lives.
Yet, Khoo does it with a delicate balance.
Overall, it's a warm collection of stories and love notes by Khoo. Within the stories themselves are personal tidbits of her life that while relatable, might put some readers off, particularly as the people within the stories are alive and well.