52 Cups of Coffee – Megan Gebhart
This book is heartfelt and all-round inspiring – and everyone, especially young adults, should give it a read. I could just end my review here and just say “read it,” but as a professional journalist, that just wouldn’t feel right.
Basically, the book follows one woman’s ambitious but rewarding quest to meet with a stranger over coffee once a week for a whole year. It could be someone she finds online, a friend of a friend, essentially, anyone she doesn’t already have a relationship with. Her goal takes her on all sorts of journeys and while some of the stories of her encounters are naturally more interesting than others, each individual she talks to has their own tale to tell and their own unique quirks and attributes. You have a chance to dip your toe into each person’s ocean of experience, to test the waters of lives you may have never had a chance to cross before.
The stories aren’t crazy unbelievable, but it’s still refreshing to see a new dialogue between humans being opened, and a truly inspiring reason to have conversations with the people around you, rather than brushing past hastily, avoiding eye contact and instead remaining trained to our phones. Sure, you might not know what to expect, but you could end up realising that the reclusive woman down the street is, in fact, the most interesting person in the world, and as travelers, I’m sure we all can relate to that sentiment.
The book is a good, easy read, with each meeting split into a new chapter so that you can put it down and come back to it later without missing key points and ideas. And on top of this it leaves you feeling warm and satisfied inside, and more ready to take on the world yourself – and that’s why everyone, no matter what your age or your preferred genre of story, should pick this up and give it a nosey.