Book Review: Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You by Lin-Manuel Miranda

In Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You, Lin-Manuel Miranda showcases some of his greatest "Gmorning" and "Gnight" tweets paired with illustrations by Jonny Sun. The tweets vary with themes of inspiration and reflection. The text begins with Miranda's introduction--written in poetry to keep cohesion with the rest of the book--which reflects upon his purpose of responding to a growing audience who desire a keepsake of Miranda's contribution to Twitter-verse. Throughout the quick reading of the text, readers get a glimpse of the author's life and humility offering inspiration and a quick-flip word of comfort for the reader.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Lin-Manuel Miranda's book. To be honest, I did not realize that the text was created from his tweets, and having only read one or two of them before reading the book, I was amazed at the revelation that was offered when reading the collection. I adore Miranda and feel that he is one of the major voices of this generation. While that is significant, it is easy to place adoration parallel to the person as an individual without considering what goes into being such a great author, artist, performer, etc.

Miranda's work showcases his ability to relate his emotions into poetic form. While many (if not most) of the entries are positive with a "keep your head up" mentality, readers must be reminded of Miranda's introduction which tells readers he offers words he needs to hear himself. This changed my reading of the text, and I saw it is a pull of tensions with Miranda contextualizing his emotions bringing himself into the light of happiness through his outpouring of inspirational words. This may explain why readers are saving Miranda's "Gmorning, Gnight!" tweets for their own personal inspiration similar to the way that I keep Rudyard Kipling's "If" on my closet wall. I loved the illustrations by Jonny Sun which are simple and creative mirroring Miranda's message. I found myself reading the tweet first and sometimes finding a new meaning from the illustrations giving a greater context to the initial message.

The book was a wonderful read and, ultimately, a shared experience that I will not soon forget. While this may not reach all audiences--especially those who do not know Miranda's other works--I feel the text spoke to me on some fundamental level providing a wonderful outlet to building confidence, overcome troubles, and find solace in the complexities of life.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐