Monday, January 14, 2013
"If your forever was ending tomorrow, would this be how you'd want to have spent it? Listen, the truth is, nothing is guaranteed. You know that more than anybody. So dont be afraid. Be alive.”
I firmly believe that there are books that are meant to be read at certain times in your life. This book was one of those for me. I have no idea how Sarah Dessen knows months previously when she's writing, that this is exactly what I need to read at exactly that point in my life. But somehow she does it, repeatedly. And everytime I re-read this one, it's at a point in my life where I really need to hear it.
Macy Queen is exactly like me. Granted, I didn't watch my father die of a heart attack while running. And I don't have an older sister who hoad the perfect wedding last summer. I definitely don't have a career driven mother. But I do have a problem with perfection. And fear. I'm so afraid of being vulnerable that I'm missing out on a lot of life. But that's the problem with life, it needs you to be vulnerable to accept it, love it, live it.
“There is never a time or place for true love. It happens accidentally, in a heartbeat, in a single flashing, throbbing moment.”
I've decided that there's nothing more important in my forever than love. And if you don't open up and allow yourself the opportunity to love, and give people the opportunity to love you, you're missing out on a lot. It's not perfect, in fact it's incredibly messy and painful and imperfect. But that is what gives love its strength, its courage, its beauty. It's the most human you can be, and it's never right or wrong, it just is.
Monday, March 19, 2012
I'm totally smitten by this book. I can read it over and over.
This is a new one to our library. A little long for storytime, but a great one to cuddle together at bedtime. I almost shed a tear at the end.
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Once I disengaged my brain from the fact that this was about children killing each other (and sanctioned by adults), and the chilling realities that this could happen, I loved these books.
overall - 4.5 stars
overall - 3.5 stars
Thursday, February 23, 2012
I love small, unassuming books. The ones that get overlooked, but change your life. Sometimes all you need is a simple story, a strong character, and an adventure.
overall - 4 stars