So initially, book 7 was scheduled to be The Accidental by Ali Smith. I was really looking forward to this book, from the description it sounded exactly like a book I would love forever and ever. But I couldn’t even get through the first chapter. It just wasn’t happening. I don’t know if at another time in my life, I’ll find the book a breeze. But after three nights I decided it was time to move on. And thus book number seven became The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan.
Although I finished this book well in advance of my Monday evening publish date, I couldn’t really bring myself to write about it. And am still struggling with it. You see, one of my best friends knew Marina well. Well enough to be mentioned in the acknowledgements. I remember the day he told me about her accident, and how upset he seemed, and how I felt I could do nothing about it. We were on opposite sides of the country and I don’t handle emotion well. So this is going to be a short post. When I finished the book, my friend asked me to tell him which essay was my favorite. It wasn’t a question I even had to ponder, I knew as soon as I finished reading “Why We Care about Whales” that that was it. He told me his changes all the time. You see he carries the book with him wherever he goes. The night I asked him he said his favorite was “Challenger Deep.”
So pick the book up, it’s an incredible testament to what we can all do if we put our minds to it, and find your favorite!