The Opposite Of Loneliness (Essays and Stories) by Marina Keegan

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“I want enough time to be in love with everything.. and I cry because everything is so beautiful and so short.” — Marina Keegan, from the poem “Bygones”

The Opposite Of Loneliness is composed of essays and stories written by Marina Keegan throughout her life. Marina’s writing style is vibrant and deep. “We’re so young. We’re 22 years old. We have so much time.” She writes with strive and passion. Unfortunately, five days after her graduation at Yale University she was involved in a fatal car crash that took her life. By knowing about her passing it really puts the words you read into a different light. Her views, her dreams, her thoughts on life and her future. In multiple stories she talks about her future and having children of her own one day. That broke my heart to read. Marina was full of energy and had such a unique outlook on life. It was really inspirational.  This novel will make you think, ‘Wow.. what this girl could have accomplished in this life.’ – I mean, she has already touched so many peoples lives with not only her words, but her presence.

All of the stories in this book are meaningful and leave you wanting more. You will wish that every short story in this novel had a chance to become a whole book dedicated to it! I especially enjoyed reading the short story called Cold Pastoral. 

The last half of the book is non-fiction stories of Marina’s life. You go deep into her thoughts and her true life stories and it really makes you think about life and your wants and desires. It makes you think about the choices you are making and if they are what you really want. I love how she talks about how it is never too late to do something else with your life. If you are not happy.. DO something about it! Thinking it is too late.. is silly. In Marina’s words — “What we have to remember is that we can still do anything. We can change our minds. We can start over.”

Lots of love,

L&A

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