Polly by Rook Winters is a short story that covers a 24-hour period where our main character, Polly, is having a bit of a existential crisis.
Having already read the full length novel and another short story, I couldn’t wait to check this one out! Feel free to check out my reviews for each of those below:
Let’s dive into my quick review!
My Thoughts on Polly by Rook Winters
This is a seven-page short story that takes place two years before Cubicleland. This is another item that works well as a standalone piece, but is also fun to read if you’ve already encountered the future versions of the characters from the full length novel.
The very first scene of the story is so heartwarming! What lovely characters Sirine and Polly are! They’re so friendly and kind. This scene sets the tone for the rest of the tale.
As the tale continues, we see Polly handle a very stressful event at work with grace. The stress that this situation brought up made Polly question if her work is really worth the stress, which is something that certainly hits home for me, as I’m sure it would for many others.
My Favorite Passages from Polly
She orders in a catered lunch for the team to thank them for their hard work. She knows that the arrival of free food has an almost magical morale-boosting effect on people.
“…And helping someone feel better in a bad moment is meaningful.”
My Final Thoughts on Polly
This was such a wonderfully heartwarming tale. It brings up a great question: is my work meaningful to me?
That’s something we all definitely need to ask ourselves from time to time. However, we also need to make sure we’re keeping an open mind about it and not getting stuck in the negatives.
I highly recommend this one!
Thanks for reading!
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