When my nose isn’t pressed to the pages of a textbook, it’s buried in a novel.
This book found its way into my life in the fall of last year. I gravitated towards the title, and once past the cover, I was hooked by the words.
The Author Marina Keegan
Marina Keegan graduated magna cum laud from Yale in 2012, and was on her way to becoming one of the next best writers to come ofour generation. With such a promising future, the twenty-two year old tragically died in a car accident a few days after her graduation.
This posthumous novel is a collection of both fiction and non-fiction essays and stories compiled by professors, family and friends. It is a must-read that was created in honor of Keegan, highlighting her imagination and literarygenius.
Why this novel?
While I was reading this novel, I cried, I laughed, and I felt both so tiny in the world, and so big in my life. It’s haunting to see this girl on the cover- and to read her life was to feel like I knew her, as if we were friends. Her prose takes you along for the ride, and that with every turn of the page, you were experiencing this too. Keegan gives you this sense of urgency, to pursue all the things that make you crave being both accomplished and fulfilled. To chase adventure, and to realize that time not spent well, is wasted.
I recommend this novel for so many reasons, but the one that stands out among the rest, is that even after her tragic death- she left behind something that made you question your life. Keegan gives voice to all the hope, doubt, and promise that our generation faces.
The Opposite of Loneliness is more than just another best seller; it is what we are too afraid to say, but all undoubtedly know. That we’re stumbling through this world and with every obstacle, we’re figuring out who we want to be, what we want to say, and how we can use all that we know- a captivating take on living life, the best way we know how.¶
What’s your favorite book recommendation?