Saturday, May 1, 2010

A good read

Hello, sleepy blog and whomever is still lurking aroud here.

This afternoon, I finished reading Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. This was one of those books I kept setting down and walking away from because, as much as I wanted to race through it, I also just didn't want it to be over. Both Green and Levithan can do no wrong, and deciding to write a book together was genius. As I always do with books by both authors, I laughed out loud a million times. I also cried my eyes out at the ending, not just because it was really moving, but because I kinda wish real life would actually be that way (I don't want to spoil anything--but the ending is pretty implausible). Here are some of my favorite bits:

"It's hard to believe in coincidence, but it's even harder to believe in anything else." (114)

"when things break, it's not the actual breaking that prevents them from getting back together. it's because a little piece gets lost--the two remaining ends couldn't fit together even if they wanted to. the whole shape has changed." (174)

"it is so hard to accept that life is falling. falling and landing and falling and landing. i agree it's not ideal. i agree ... but there is the word that phil wrayson taught me once: weltzschmerz. it's the depression you feel when the world as it is does not line up with the world as you think it should be. i live in a big goddamned weltzschmerz ocean, you know? and so do you. and so does everyone. because everyone thinks it should be possible just to keep falling and falling forever, to feel the rush of air on your face as you fall, that air pulling your face into a brilliant goddamned smile. and that should be possible. you should be able to fall forever." (302)

Has anyone else read this? What else is everyone reading these days?