Say Not What If

15 Jan


Author: Andrew Friedman

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

First Published: 2007

Page Count: 51

Type: Paperback

Film/ TV Adaptation: No

Rating: 5/5 Stars

A book with an incredibly simple story leaves the reader with a powerful message about living in the present.


*Told in form of a poem     *Easy to understand story and message


*Sometimes difficult to figure out who is speaking

Time is something you can’t borrow/ And there is no promise of tomorrow.”  A man spends his life focused solely on his career, until life sends him a roadblock he can’t ignore. He realizes he has wasted what little time life gives us and makes a deal with fate to prolong his life. Fate rewards him with his life, but at a high cost, a life on death row. Once again, the man is faced with the harsh reality that death is always around the corner no matter what you do, and that life should not be squandered.

I was extremely intimidated to read and review this book because short stories and even worse, poetry, are two forms of literary art that I have very little knowledge or understanding of. I really wanted to do the work justice, even if I wasn’t sure how that would be possible with my limited knowledge. Then I started reading and breathed a sigh of relief. This story is very easy to understand and yet I couldn’t help but be impressed that anyone could write a short story in the form of poetry. And Friedman gives the reader a heck of a poem at that! The story has such a universal message about savoring every second you are given and it really makes you think about death, the death penalty, and morality.

I zoomed through this read and therefore, I had little problems with it. The only thing that threw me off a bit was that it was sometimes difficult to figure out who was speaking. This only happened during one scene but it was the only thing that I could consider a negative.

At 51 pages there really is no excuse not to read this short story. All you need is maybe two hours and you will be able to enjoy a story whose message can touch a person at any age. The themes explored in this book are interesting on their own but the ultimate theme of  living in the moment is the main reason to check this book out. This theme is explored in such a clever and deep way that it warrants a skim from any literature lover or someone looking for a book that really puts life in perspective.

*I received a free copy of this book for this review from the author.


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