Monday, March 19, 2012
You should read these books.
"We can't be confined to one way of thinking, and that terrifies our leaders. It means we can't be controlled. And it means that no matter what they do, we will always cause trouble for them."
I feel like someone has breathed new air into my lungs. I am not Abnegation. I am not Dauntless.
I am Divergent.
"Oh, I wouldn't mind, Hazel Grace. It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you."
Set in Indianapolis, the teenage characters Augustus and Hazel, tell their story of living life with a side effect of cancer. A prosthetic leg and breathing with the assistance of an oxygen tank are side effects they're also living with, but the story is about so much more than their failing health. The book made me laugh out loud, look up An Imperial Affliction to see if I could read it next, go find the 100 Acres they visit on a date, and wish that they were real kids in Indy that I could go meet and hang out with for the afternoon. I finished this story in days and wish that there was a second one I could follow up with next.
"A day after I got my eye cut out, Gus showed up at the hospital. I was blind and heart-broken and didn't want to do anything and Gus burst into my room and shouted, 'I have wonderful news!' And I was like, 'I don't really want to hear wonderful news right now,' and Gus said, 'This is wonderful news you want to hear,' and I asked him, 'Fine, what is it?' and he said, 'You are going to live a good and long life filled with great and terrible moments that you cannot even imagine yet!"