The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories

Author: Marina Keegan

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Date of publication: 19th June 2014

Genre: Non-fiction, Short stories, essays

Source: Library

Date read: 10th January 2016


Synopsis from Goodreads:

Marina Keegan’s star was on the rise when she graduated from Yale in May 2012. She had a play that was to be produced at the New York International Fringe Festival and a job waiting for her at the New Yorker. Tragically, five days after graduation, Marina died in a car crash.

As her family, friends and classmates, deep in grief, joined to create a memorial service for Marina, her unforgettable last essay for the Yale Daily News, ‘The Opposite of Loneliness’, went viral, receiving more than 1.4 million hits. She had struck a chord.

Even though she was just 22 when she died, Marina left behind a rich, expansive trove of prose that, like her title essay, captures the hope, uncertainty and possibility of her generation. The Opposite of Loneliness is an assemblage of Marina’s essays and stories that articulates the universal struggle we all face as we work out what we aspire to be and how we can harness our talents to make an impact on the world.

My Thoughts:

Marina Keegan could definitely write! I loved loved loved this book, whatsmore it is a non-fiction. Marina was obviously a well-loved member of the Yale community and always took pride and wanted to be the best at everything she did. Her writing is truly amazing and this book contains a few short stories that Marina wrote and they’re excellent. My favourite story from the fiction part of the book has to be ‘reading out loud’. The stories were all very different and realistic. The non-fiction part was equally as good and I think this is the part in which she excelled. My favourite was ‘why we care about whales’ I am a sucker for animals, however this story was very thought-provoking and makes you think of things that you probably wouldn’t have thought about before.

I definitely recommend this book if you want to start out with a non-fiction book.

It’s so sad,  this young girl had such a promising career and life ahead of her and then taken so quickly.

I rated this 4 out of 5 stars


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