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So cold in Ireland – The Cranberries

 

I’ll never forget this voice. Rest soundly, Dolores.


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Turtles All The Way Down by John Green Book Review

I’m sorry.”

“You say that a lot.”

“I feel it a lot.”

-Turtles All The Way Down, by John Green

Ever wonder what it’s like to live with a debilitating mental problem? Or do you not have to wonder because you do it every day? Or does this describe someone close to you—a friend or a family member? Then this is the book for you and you and you.

It’s a given that John Green is one of the best writers of YA fiction, like, ever. This book is great. And I’ll always recommend that everyone read it, because reading, after all, opens one up to worlds they’ve never seen and has the power to change readers into more empathetic people. It’s true—there’s been studies. But I’ll be honest, unless you struggle yourself, you may never truly understand what it’s like to live with mental illness. That’s not John Green’s fault. He agrees with me. Aza Holmes’ mother doesn’t understand. Her best friend doesn’t understand. Even her therapist doesn’t really understand. The scene that explains the title of the book embraces that unanswerable mystery. Mental illness, like pain, grief, faith, and beauty, aren’t something you “understand.” They just are.

Enough philosophy. Read this book. Read about Aza Holmes. And her mother. And Daisy. And Davis.

You might know them already.


Discover more about best-selling author John Green! Read my reviews of Fault In Our Stars and Paper Towns.


It is all for the bright!

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I’m a Star

I sing the same songs over and over 

I’m so high, I have to say I’m not sober 

When I collapse 

I’ll leave a big, black hole 

Then what becomes  

Of my soul? 

 

Go, go away 

Bright morning sun 

In the day 

I’m no one 

In the night 

I shine so far 

In the dark 

I’m a star 

-Excerpt of the poem “Lament Of A Star” from The Shorter Things Collection


 

It is all for the bright!

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