Journaling as a way of writing memoir has proven very successful for Burch in this debut offering. All but the last few pages, the recapping of what you read, are written during her early twenties, at a time when she struggled with home life. A difficult relationship with her father and her mother's plunge into alcoholism led Burch to strike out on her own, running from her struggles and desperately searching for meaning in her life.
Her journey as a war photographer in the battle fields of Afghanistan during the Russian invasion may have been more of an outreach than the average twenty-two year old, let alone a young lady, would tackle but she does and with success, in fact going back in a return tour of duty. In that segment of her life she endures and enjoys a eye-opening endeavor and takes on a strength unlike most of her age. No wall-flower status at all.
Her continued forays in the world of film and personal relationships, her grasping for a spiritual life she her take on physical relationships and additional hardships while filming in Soviet Russia all while looking for an independence and a reliance on a spiritualism that is always almost in her grasp.
By sharing space in her younger years, and hinting at a future as yet undocumented, Burch takes us along on some of the formative times of her life and leaves us asking for the next chapter.
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