“You get one chance.
You get to do this and that and you don’t even know when it goes from swirling forward and around and around in circles to just a plain cold stop and nothing more. Can you believe it? All this time I’ve spent weighing this and weighing that, worrying about this and worrying about that, living back then and living forward, caring about so-and-so, too, but never living here, here, this moment here. Never even acknowledging that this moment even exists, and it hits me like a live volt through the chest.”
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what you should tell/ask yourself at this very moment.
This book was the last one I’ve read in 2016. I didn’t like it at first. I didn’t think that it was well-written because it was too real. Too frank. To straight forward. Too common day-to-day stints. It’s like it wasn’t a fiction at all. Later on, I’ve realized that what’s on the book happens everyday, and yes, the world is full of people who are trying to fit in. The world is full of people who want to please the society because that’s how it’s supposed to be. People try their best to fit in without realizing that it really sucks to fit in because we weren’t supposed to always fit in anyway.
You’re weird? Okay. You’re not the cheerleader type? Okay. You’re a nerd? Okay. You weren’t born to please the world. In real life, there’s no foreshadowing of events. Things just happen. If you keep on worrying about what others might say to you, and if you keep on setting aside who you really are just because you want to belong, think again. You only get one shot at this life, and if you keep on considering what the world says, you’re not living it right.
*points to self*
My Goodreads Book Review:
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I never thought that the book would end that way. Its tragic ending is a wake-up call to every person who doesn’t make the most out of today. To every person who’s torn between being who they think should be and who they want to be. To every person who worries about what others might say. To every person who’s ever been insensitive. This book isn’t for every reader, but the story is a picture of reality that we all can’t get away with. We only get one moment, folks. And that moment is NOW.
If you want a book about real people and how they deal with society’s bull, go read Andrea Portes’ ‘Anatomy of a Misfit’. [★★★★☆]