I Feel Your Stare: An Autobiography by Cheryl Gillespie

“I’m in awe of Cheryl’s story, her tenacity and ability to do so many things that we take for granted every day: being able to see.”

Review by Ashlynn Brown

Imagine yourself in a position of maneuvering through aspects of our everyday living we simply take for granted.
Would we see our existence as a beautiful opportunity to explore and live our moments fully, or spend our time lamenting our perceived hardships? Throughout I FEEL YOUR STARE you will be transported to a place in time whereby Cheryl Gillespie’s descriptive scenes allow the reader a glimpse into a life of an individual assuming control of her future, and who excels far beyond the most hopeful of expectations.

I received this book from the author/publisher for free. All comments and opinions are entirely my own and this review is voluntary.

This was the first autobiography I’ve had the pleasure of reading. That being said I had to get used to it at first, but once I did I thoroughly enjoyed it.

There were a few times where I felt a little confused, like maybe Cheryl jumped around a bit and I had to just decide to just focus on what I was reading, not how it flowed. However the story she weaved and the emotions she shared and how vulnerable she was was truly just beautiful. I found myself forgetting that she was blind at times. I’m in awe of Cheryl’s story, her tenacity and ability to do so many things that we take for granted every day, being able to see.

She unpacks some very real emotions, fears and traumas and she speaks about them very plainly which I respect and admire her for. I found myself being very grateful for her family and in the end for her husband, it made me happy for her to read about those aspects. I don’t know much about how people live daily with blindness, but I do hope that as a society we have grown to be able to help them flourish the way that Cheryl has.

Thank you, Cheryl, for being so vulnerable and real with us, and for allowing me to read your autobiography!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Content Ratings:

Action & Gore:

Rating: 4 out of 10.
4. Some action.

Romance & Spice:

Rating: 1 out of 10.
1. Very mild content (feel good vibes but nothing physical--not even kissing).

Cursing & Vulgarity:

Rating: 1 out of 10.
1. Infrequent substitute cursing (less than 10 "craps" etc. and/or book specific words). 

Other Trigger Warnings:

Hospital scenes, surgery scenes, and trauma.

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