BOOK: THE NEXT PERSON YOU MEET IN HEAVEN by MITCH ALBOM


GOODREADS:  Fifteen years ago, in Mitch Albom’s beloved novel, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, the world fell in love with Eddie, a grizzled war veteran- turned-amusement park mechanic who died saving the life of a young girl named Annie. Eddie’s journey to heaven taught him that every life matters. Now, in this magical sequel, Mitch Albom reveals Annie’s story.  The accident that killed Eddie left an indelible mark on Annie. It took her left hand, which needed to be surgically reattached. Injured, scarred, and unable to remember why, Annie’s life is forever changed by a guilt-ravaged mother who whisks her away from the world she knew. Bullied by her peers and haunted by something she cannot recall, Annie struggles to find acceptance as she grows. When, as a young woman, she reconnects with Paulo, her childhood love, she believes she has finally  found happiness.  As the novel opens, Annie is marrying Paulo. But when her wedding night day ends in an unimaginable accident, Annie finds herself on her own heavenly journey—and an inevitable reunion with Eddie, one of the five people who will show her how her life mattered in ways she could not have fathomed.

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Yes, this is a sequel to one of my favorite books, The Five People you meet in Heaven. No, it’s not what I expected. Yes, I was disappointed. No, I don’t recommend it. Mind you, I LOVE the books of Mitch Albom — ALL of them. But this one, really. I was down to page 40 already but there’s no compelling urge to finish the story. It was just more of how did we meet and all.

Nonetheless, here are some worthy lines from the book:

  • All endings are also beginnings.
  • No story sits by itself. Our lives connect like threads on a loom, interwoven in ways we never realize.
  • When we build, we build on the shoulders of those who came before us. And when we fall apart, those who came before us help put us back together.
  • Have you ever wondered how many living things there are on earth? People. Animals. Birds. Fish. It makes you wonder how anyone could feel lonely. Yet humans do. It’s a shame.
  • We fear loneliness, but loneliness itself does not exist. It has no form. It is merely a shadow that falls over us. And just as shadows die when light changes, that sad feeling can depart once we see the truth. The end of loneliness is when someone needs you.
  • Don’t divine things happen everyday?
  • No act done for someone else is ever wasted.
  • This is the disarming power of children, their need makes you forget your own.
  • Did you ever think about getting a moment back? A moment where you can’t believe how unimportant what you were doing was, and how critical the thing you missed would be?
  • Just because you see things straight doesn’t mean you see them in time.
  • What’s time between a mother and her daughter? Never too much, never enough.
  • We embrace our scars more than our healing.
  • When you truly love someone, you’ll find a way back.

 

I’ll always love Mitch Albom. I didn’t like this current book but it’s not enough for me not to want to read his next one. 😀 Mitch, I’ll look forward to your next book. ❤

BOOK: TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE BY MITCH ALBOM


Do I wither up and disappear or do I make the best of my time left?

Are you giving to your community? Are you at peace with yourself?

Are you trying to be as human as you can be?

This, I believe is a straight up classroom type life lessons as portrayed by Mitch himself and his tuesday conversations with his previous professor who is currently battling cancer. Here, Morrie asks Mitch to accompany him to his last days as he teaches each and everyone of us how to live by learning how to die.

*** second book to re-read! ❤

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Accept what you are able to do and what you are not able to do. Accept the past as past without denying it or discarding it. Learn to forgive yourself and others. Don’t assume that it’s too late to get involved.

Dying is only one thing to be sad over. Living unhappily is something else.

The culture that we have does not make people feel good about themselves. We’re teaching the wrong things. And you have to be strong enough to say it the culture doesn’t work for you, don’t buy it. Create your own.

The tension of opposites? Life is a series of pulls back and forth. You want to do one thing but you are bound to do something else. Something hurts you, yet you know it shouldn’t. Most of us live somewhere in the middle. So which side wins? Love wins. Love always wins.

So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half – asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they are chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning to your life is to devote yourself to loving others, to your community and to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.

I. WORLD

Death is the great equalizer, the one big thing that can finally make strangers shed a tear for one another. The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love and to let it come in. Love is the only rational act.

II. FEELING SORRY FOR YOURSELF

I give myself a good cry when I need it. But then I concentrate on all the good things still in my life. A thing is only horrible if you see it that way.

III. REGRETS

Is this all? Is this all I want? Is something missing? We all need teachers in our lives.

IV. DEATH

Everyone knows they’re going to die. but nobody believes it. If we did, we would do things differently. To know you’re going to die and to be prepared for it at any time. That way, you can actually be more involved in your life while you’re living. Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.

V. FAMILY

There is no foundation, no secure ground upon which people may stand today if it isn’t the family. Family is not about justt love but letting others know there’s someone who is watching out for them.

VI. EMOTIONS

Don’t  cling to things because everything is impermanent. Detachment doesn’t mean you don’t let the experience penetrate you. On the contrary, you let it penetrate you fully. That’s how you are able to leave it. Wash yourself with emotion. It won’t hurt you. It will only help.

VII. FEAR OF AGING

It’s like going back to being a child again. We all know how to be a child. It’s inside all of us. It’s just remembering how to enjoy it. Aging is not just decay. It’s growth. It’s more than the negative you’re going to die, it’s also the positive that you understand you’re going to die and that you live a better life because of it. You have to find what’s good and true and beautiful as it is now. Looking back makes you competitive. How can I be envious of where you are — when I’ve been there myself?

VIII. MONEY

Money is not a substitute for tenderness, and power is not substitute for tenderness. Know what really gives you satisfaction? Offering others what you have to give. Devote yourself to loving others, and devote yourself to your community and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning. Only an open heart will allow you to float equally between everyone. Do the kind of things that come from the heart. When you do, you won’t be dissatisfied, you won’t be envious, you won’t be longing for somebody else’s things.

IX. LOVE GOES ON

Love is how you stay alive, even after you’re gone. As long as we can love each other, and remember the feeling of love we had, we can die without ever really going away. All the love you created is still there. You live on — in the hearts of everyone you have touched and nurtured. Death ends a life, not a relationship.

X. MARRIAGE

In marriage, you get tested. You find out who you are, who the other person is, and how you can accommodate or don’t. If you don’t respect the  other person, you’re gonna have a lot of trouble. If you don’t know how to compromise, if you can’t talk openly about what goes on between you and if you don’t have a common set of values in life, you’re gonna have trouble — and the biggest one? your belief in the importance of your marriage.

XI. CULTURE

The big things — how we think, what we value– those you must choose yourself. You can’t let anyone or society determine those for you. Every society has its own problems. The way you do it, is not to run away. You have to work at creating your own culture. No matter where you live, the biggest defect we human beings have is our shortsightedness. We don’t see what we could be. We should be looking at our potential, stretching ourselves into everything we can become. We all need others.

Be compassionate. Take responsibility for each other. If we only learned those lessons, this world would be so much a better place.

XII. FORGIVENESS

Forgive yourself before you die and forgive others. Make peace.

 

BOOK: GOODBYE DAYS by JEFF ZENTNER


What if you could spend one last day with someone you lost?

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GOODREADS: ‘One day Carver Briggs had it all—three best friends, a supportive family, and a reputation as a talented writer at his high school, Nashville Academy for the Arts.

The next day he lost it all when he sent a simple text to his friend Mars, right before Mars, Eli, and Blake were killed in a car crash.

Now Carver can’t stop blaming himself for the accident, and he’s not the only one. Eli’s twin sister is trying to freeze him out of school with her death-ray stare. And Mars’s father, a powerful judge, is pressuring the district attorney to open a criminal investigation into Carver’s actions.

Luckily, Carver has some unexpected allies: Eli’s girlfriend, the only person to stand by him at school; Dr. Mendez, his new therapist; and Blake’s grandmother, who asks Carver to spend a Goodbye Day with her to share their memories and say a proper goodbye to his friend.’

  • Death steals everything except our stories
  • Funny how people move through this world leaving little pieces of their story with the people they meet, for them to carry. Makes you wonder what’d happen if all those people put their puzzle pieces together.
  • Sometimes pain makes us do bizarre things.
  • – I like the relationship of Blake and the grandma. How he spent saturday morning with her fishing although they are bad at fishing, just so they can bond together.
  • What do you think it takes to keep you out of heaven?
  • I think the only person who knows someone completely is that person. And even then, not always.
  • We go about our lives doing everything we can to keep from looking silly.
  • No one knows how anybody lives through anything. People just do.
  • I wish I’d held on to every moment with him the way a drowning person holds a life preserver.
  • What if there’s a god who’s so much bigger and more powerful than anything that he build universes like ships in bottles, and no matter how far you look or reach, you can’t see or tough outside the bottle?
  • For the most part, you don’t hold the people you love in your heart because they rescued you from drowning or pulled you from a burning house. Mostly you hold them in your heart because they save you, in a million quiet and perfect ways from being alone.
  • Nobility has a funny way of disappearing when accountability raises its ugly head.
  • Have you ever done something similar to this with your own parents? where you tell them who you are? 

BOOK: NOVEMBER 9 by COLLEEN HOO


Goodreads: Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.’

Ben’s mother killed herself because she had cancer. Ben’s brother is friends with Miles and Ian. Fallon was hurt during a fire that ben started.

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How would you like to be immortalized in a book? 

  1. Fallon’s mom was supportive of her decisions.
  2. How confident and charming ben is.
  3. How ben converse like in a book, a true writer. **SWOON**
  4. Love the idea of the whole pretend-in-a-relationship
  5. The idea of TATTOO on your wrist – right when you feel that you’re finally in love.
  6. Ben picking something from Fallon’s teeth – a gross thing but a sweet gesture when someone is in love.
  7. DYLAN THOMAS

 

 

  • The truth is an excruciatingly painful son of a bitch
  • Sometimes at night, I’ll rewrite conversations I had during the day, but I’ll change them up to reflect everything I wish I could have said in the moment.
  • You’ll never be able to find yourself if you’re lost in someone else.
  • She doesn’t hold a candle to you.
  • If we’re going to kiss, it has to be book worthy.
  • Using you as a standard is completely unfair to the rest of the whole female population.
  • Guys see boobs coupled with a great sense of humor and think they found the holy fucking grail.
  • Comfort can sometimes be a crutch when it comes to figuring out your life.
  • Goals are achieved through discomfort and hard work. They aren’t achieved when you hide out in a place where you’re nice and cozy.
  • Go easy on me. My heart is fragile.
  • I hope they laugh at you, fallon. If people are laughing at you, it means you’re putting yourself out there to be laughed at. Not enough people have the courage to even take that step.
  • I didn’t even know that kisses could really make eyelids flutter open.
  • You’re incomparable.
  • There will always be bullies, ben. You need to learn how to deal with them yourself. You need to learn how to not let them get to you.
  • If she’s not careful, I might just fall in love with her tonight.
  • He’s soaking me up like it’s a privilege rather than a favor.
  • I don’t want to be your first fallon. I want to be your last.
  • In the real life, you have to bust your ass for the happy ever after.
  • When you find love, you take it. You grab it with both hands and you do everything in your power not to let it go. you can’t just walk away from it and expect it to linger until you’re ready for it.
  • Im really in love with her. – like crippling, debilitating, paralyzing love.
  • the only thing not going right in my life is the fact that you aren’t a part of it every single day.
  • When you love someone, you owe it to them to help them be the best version of themselves that they can be.
  • Though lovers be lost, love shall not.
  • You’ll know, ben. When you’re willing to give up the things that mean the most to you just to see someone else happy, that’s real love.
  • You saved me the day we met, fallon.
  • Because I’m going to love her through every single one of them.

BOOK: POINT OF NO RETREAT by COLLEEN HOOVER


Goodreads: “Layken and Will have managed to overcome the obstacles that threatened to destroy their love, proving that they are destined for one another. What they are about to learn, however, is that the things that have brought them together may be the very things that ruin their connection forever…
Layken is left second-guessing the relationship whilst Will is jumping over hurdles to prove his love for her. What the young lovers discover about themselves along this journey may change their entire world and the lives of those who depend upon them the most…”

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  1. I love Lake’s Mother for thinking of a jar full of stars that would somehow make them feel that she’s still around when they both need guidance.
  2. Vaughn is really someone to hate.
  3. I despise Will for keeping a secret from Lake! How can you not tell your girlfriend that you’re ugly ex girlfriend whom you had sex with is in your class – who you get to see three times a week and is currently sitting beside you in class? Fuck will. How can you not tell her?
  4. I LOVE KIERSTEN, her intelligence, her with, her confidence to talking with older people and the way her mind thinks. And yes, kiersten – Can I be your new bestfriend too?
  5. SUCK and SWEET Time – something that family and friends could bond over.
  6. FOREHEAD KISSES – they’re my favorite too. And I would definitely be pissed if my significant other gives my favorite kiss to another person. So, Will – you suck at this again.

 

  • Sometimes, things can happen in life that you didn’t plan for. All you can do now is suck it up and start mapping out a new plan.
  • My heart pounds against my chest. Not because I’m nervous. Not even because I want her worse that I’ve ever wanted her before. It’s pounding against my chest because I realize I’ve never been so sure about the rest of my life than I am in this moment. This girl is the rest of my life.
  • Love is the most beautiful thing in the world. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the hardest things in the world to hold on to, and one of the easiest things to throw away.
  • I’ll never be able to give you everything you deserve, but I’ll definitely spend the rest of my life trying.
  • “Your mother encourages you to cuss?” Gavin says.Kiersten nods. “I don’t see it that way. It’s more like she’s encouraging us to undermine a system flawed through overuse of words that are made out to be harmful, when in fact they’re just letters, mixed together like every other word. That’s all they are, mixed up letters. Like, take the word “butterfly” for example. What if someone decided one day that butterfly is a cussword? People would eventually start using butterfly as an insult, and to emphasize things in a negative way. The actual WORD doesn’t mean anything. It’s the negative association people give these words that make them cusswords. So if we all just decided to keep saying butterfly all the time, eventually people would stop caring. The shock value would subside…and it would just become another word again. Same with every other so-called bad word. If we would all just start saying them all the time, They wouldn’t be bad anymore. That’s what my mom says anyway.”
  • You’re my plan. You’re always my only plan.
  • She’s so incredibly beautiful, especially when she’s not trying to be.
  • Everyone’s entitled to a bad day every now and then.
  • “Sherry, until I met you I didn’t know what life was. I had no clue that I wasn’t even alive. It’s like you came along and woke up my soul.

Well, best wishes to you, Will and Lake! 🙂

LEARN: The 3 P’s of Survival


I came across this article on facebook and is definitely worth sharing. It’s level of reference and ‘relatability’ is high.

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  • when life sucks you under, you can kick against the bottom, break the surface, and breathe again. I learned that in the face of the void — or in the face of any challenge — you can choose joy and meaning.
  • The easy days ahead of you will be easy. It is the hard days — the times that challenge you to your very core — that will determine who you are. You will be defined not just by what you achieve, but by how you survive.

 

  1. Personalization  – the belief that we are at fault. This is different from taking responsibility, which you should always do. This is the lesson that not everything that happens to us happens because of us.Not taking failures personally allows us to recover — and even to thrive.
  2. Pervasiveness – the belief that an event will affect all areas of your life. There’s no place to run or hide from the all-consuming sadness.There is more to life than your grief. The world keeps on revolving.
  3. Permanence – the belief that the sorrow will last forever. For months, no matter what I did, it felt like the crushing grief would always be there.

 

think about how much worse things could be.Finding gratitude and appreciation is key to resilience.find that gratitude — not just on the good days, but on the hard ones, when you will really need it.

I hope that you live your life — each precious day of it — with joy and meaning. I hope that you walk without pain — and that you are grateful for each step.

And when the challenges come, I hope you remember that anchored deep within you is the ability to learn and grow. You are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. Like a muscle, you can build it up, draw on it when you need it. In that process you will figure out who you really are — and you just might become the very best version of yourself.

BOOK: SLAMMED by COLLEEN HOOVER


What is actually worse? Losing your dad and moving to another place, or losing your mom from a fight against cancer? There is no way you could choose right. But both happened to Layken. 

Layken lost her dad, having died of heart attack. They had to move because her family simply cannot afford to live there anymore. When they moved to Michigan, she met a boy and fell in love. Only to find out later, that he was his English Professor. As she tries to resist the brooding sexy professor, she also has to deal with the fact that her mother is terminally ill with Cancer. Will teaches her how to continue living and that poetry, expression through the use of words can simply be therapeutic.

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  1. You know a band has true talent when their imperfections define perfection.
  2. The slightest touch and simplest gestures have such an illicit effect on my senses
  3. The way these poets were able to lure you into a whole new world, viewing things from a vantage point you have never seen before.
  4. The door between us feels like barricade.
  5. But when he feelings are there, it can lift you up and take you anywhere.
  6. I wish I could find a way to let go of the hold he has on me.
  7. I’m not a fan of inconsistency.
  8. And exactly one million, fifty one thousand and two hundred minutes from now, I’m going to propose to you, and ask that you share all the rest of the rest the minutes of your life with me.
  9. I’ll paint you a world one day. A world where smiles don’t fade. A world where laughter is played in the background.
  10. It’s amazing how many tears one person can have.
  11. It was life. Life happens. Shit happens. And it happens a lot. To a lot of people.
  12. The only thing any of us have in common is the inevitable.
  13. You’ll never be ready for it, Lake. You never will. (Death)
  14. Push your boundaries, Lake. That’s what they’re there for.
  15. Everyone assumes they have at least one more day.
  16. She was so full of life. So full and enthralled with a life that tried so hard to knock her down,
  17. He kisses me like he’s making up for an entire month of stolen kisses.
  18. That’s impossible Mom. You don’t know how to do terrible.
  19. It broke my heart that you needed him more than you needed me. (Mom)
  20. Decide what to be and go be it.
  21. Put emphasis on life.
  22. Sometimes life gets in the way. It gets all up in your damn way.
  23. Don’t take life too seriously. Punch it in the face when it needs a good hit. Laugh at it.
  24. Never judge others. Unexpected events can change a person. You never know what a person is experiencing in their own life.\
  25. Question everything.People make spontaneous decisions based off of their hearts all the time.
  26. His fingertips feel like electric pulses penetrating my skin.

Interesting things: ‘I would rather’ game.

Layken’s mother taught her that before engaging into any relationship, she must ask these three questions which I am sharing with you now: Does he treat you with respect at all times? If he is the exact same person twenty years from now that he is today, wold you still want to marry him? Does he inspire you to want to be a better person?

Has anyone of you ever read For One More Day of Mitch Albom? I remember that one of his points there was, ”When you lose your parents, it’s like you’re alone. and you will have to go through every battle alone”.
And that is exactly how it is. For me, I mean. My Mom, my mom is my rock.

It just pains me how Layken was dragged down to the blackhole when his father died. But the death of her mother? It just pushed her down back to the shit under the blackhole or farther, even. I could never imagine my life without my parents. And that’s the truth. And I don’t ever want to.

But there are also happy parts in this sad little story. There was a love interest, just like any other novel. The twist? Student – teacher relationship. I also admire how Will values his role in his little brother’s life. I respect him for putting his brother as his first priority.

Overall, I liked the story. It’s a good read too.

BOOK: ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES BY JENNIFER NIVEN


I’ve read a lot of sad, moving YA books. A lot. It even says that this book is Eleanor & Park meets The Fault in the Stars. I’ve read both. I liked them, not one of my favorites (because everyone seems to talking about it) and definitely not woah.

So I don’t really understand Why of all the books I’ve read, This, THIS made me cry. In my case, it’s different. It’s difficult for a story to make me cry. It has the tendency to keep me sad. But CRY? There were tears running down my cheeks for godssakes! You get the point right?

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On to the plot: Violet Markey, one of the popular kids, dating the similar hunk of the school, the captain. She is chained by her sad past when she and her sister got into a car accident. And she survived. Theodore Finch, a popular kid as well but not considered cool. He’s in the freak popular group. He does what he wants whenever he wants. He has a fucked up father who hits him physically. He remarried and has a new family while his mother is left with having to welcome each day with sadness.

They met when they were about to commit suicide. They were partners in a quest to discover indiana. And in the course of this project, fell in love.

Wondering what the ending was? Read the book and find out why it made me cry.

Some of the lines I liked from the novel:

  • A perfect day. from start to finish When nothing terrible or sad or ordinary happens. Do you think that’s possible?
  • You need to be there to really appreciate its splendor.
  • Awake is that everything in you is alive ad aching and making up for lost time.
  • The great thing about this life of ours is that you can be someone different to be everybody.
  • ”I can already feel myself falling hard”.
  • All because she smiled at me. But it was a damn good smile. A genuine one, which is hard to come by these days.
  • So come on. Let’s go. Let’s count for somethig. Let’s get off that ledge.
  • We have to be willing to go where the road takes us. This means the grand, the small, the bizarre, the poetic, the beautiful.
  • Love is truly the great manifesto – the urge to be, to count for something, and if death must come, to die valiantly, with acclamation.
  • I’ve always been different. But to me, different is normal.
  • Arrange whatever pieces come your way.
  • When you consider things like stars, our affairs don’t seem to matter very much, do they?
  • I feel a thousand capacities spring up in me. I am arch, gay, languid, melancholy by turns.
  • You make me feel gold, flowing.
  • You don’t dress to please a girl – especially not a girl like that. You dress to please yourself. If she doesnt like you for you, then you don’t need her.
  • We’re only guaranteed right now.
  • ”Actually, standing next to you makes it feel like Mt. Everest”.
  • When we’re in the act of wandering, we need to be present, not watching it through lens.
  • The ground can feel higher than a bell tower when you’re standing next to the right person.
  • You have been in every way, all that you can be. If anybody could save me, it would have been you.
  • I wonder what it’s like to walk down the street, safe and easy in you skin, and just blend right in.
  • I want to know a perfect day.
  • I know life well enough to know you can’t count on things staying around or standing still, no matter how much you want them to.
  • The problem with people is that sometimes they forget that the most of the time, it’s the small things that matter.
  • There’s a built-in ending to everything.
  • You are all the colors in one, at full brightness.
  • There is only now.
  • The air around us feels charged, and electric, like if you were to strike a match, the air, — everything might explode.
  • There’s not enough water in this world to wash away my dirty thoughts.
  • It’s the kind of kiss that makes me lose track of everything.
  • She is oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium and phosphorus. The same elements that are inside the rest of us. But I can’t help but think that she’s more than that to make her stand apart from everybody else.
  • ”For what it’s worth, you showed me something, Ultraviolet — there is such a things as a perfect day”.
  • ”No more winter at all, finch. You brought me spring”.
  • ”The only person I want to see — My Jovian – Plutonian Gravitational Effect”
  • Then you will shine among them like the stars in the sky.

”You can’t do this to me. You were the one who lectured me about living. You were the one who said I had to get out. But then you leave. You can’t just do that. I’ll never forgive you for leaving me. I just wished you could forgive me. you saved my life. ”

You make me happy. Whenever you’re around, I’m safe inside your smile.

You make me handsome. Whenever I fell my nose just seems a bit too round. 

You make me special and God knows I’ve longed to be that kind of guy to have around. 

You make me love you and that could be the greatest things my heart was ever fit to do. 

You make me lovely and it’s so lovely to be lovely to the one I love. ”

BOOK: THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING BY ROBYN SCHNEIDER


Varsity tennis captain, Ezra Faulkner, was supposed to be homecoming king, but that was before—before his girlfriend cheated on him, before a car accident shattered his leg, and before he fell in love with unpredictable new girl Cassidy Thorpe.

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  1. Life is the tragedy
  2. Words could betray you if you chose the wrong ones, or mean less if you used too many. Jokes could be grandly miscalculated, or stories deemed boring
  3. If everything really does get better, the way everyone claims, then happiness should be graphable. But that’s crap, because better isn’t quantifiable.
  4. She tasted like buried treasure and swing sets and coffee. She tasted the way fireworks felt, like something you could get close to but never really have just for yourself.
  5. I wondered what things what things became when you no longer needed them, and I wondered what the future would hold once we’d gotten past our personal tragedies and proven them ultimately survivable.
  6. “The funny thing about gold is how quickly it can tarnish
  7. The way I figured it, keeping quiet was safe. Words could betray you if you choose the wrong ones, or mean less if you used too many.
  8. The world tends toward chaos, you know
  9. It was like the part of me that had enjoyed those friends had evaporated, leaving behind a huge, echoing emptiness, and I was scrabbling on the edge of it, trying not to fall into the hole within myself because I was terrified to find out how far down it went.
  10. You can always tell when it’s Friday. There’s an excitement specific to Fridays, coupled with relief that another week has passed.
  11. She was achingly effortless, and she would never, in a million years, choose me. But, for the next few minutes, I contented myself with the magnificent possibility that she might.
  12. She was so gorgeous that it hurt.
  13. I’m not certain I can pinpoint the exact moment when i became irreparably different.
  14. Just once, I wan someone to be afraid of losing me.
  15. Not all nice things have happy endings.
  16. We’re like positively charged molecule, the rate we’re attracting tragedy.
  17. We move through each other’s ghosts, leaving behind haunting memories of people who never existed.

BOOK: THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU BY JONATHAN TROPPER


When I watched the movie’s trailer, I decided to read the book first before actually watching it.

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You know the movie? Well if you don’t you might want to click this link: this is where i leave you trailer

I would have probably killed my husband if he has been cheating on me. But this is not all about that. The book is about coming together as a family – all the bottled up emotions, hatred and all the secrets of a family.

Every family has a dysfunctional set up, it seems. We are all just good at hiding them and each of us deal with our family problems a little too differently. 

  1. Two people whose love became toxic, lobbing great regret grenades at each other.
  2. You get married to have an ally against your family.
  3. And where there was once the purest kind of love, there is now a snake pit of fury and resentment and a new dark and twisted love that hurts more than all the rest of it put together.
  4. I’ve never been shot, but this is probably what it feels like, that split second of nothingness, right before the pain catches up to the bullet.
  5. How the hell I could have been so damn oblivious.
  6. There’s nothing in life, really, to prepare you for the experience of seeing your wife have sex with another man.
  7. There would be a slew of painful questions that resolved nothing.
  8. I’d been forced into a movie, and there was nothing to do but follow the script.
  9. I was a whirling mass of outdated reflexes and violent impulses, and I had no idea what the hell I was supposed to do.
  10. A complete nervous breakdown was not out of the question.
  11. An irrevocable damage had been done, innocence had been lost and trust slaughtered, but still, it was the age old conundrum.
  12. My life was in a free fall and there was nowhere to turn.
  13. Rock bottom rose up to meet me.
  14. I feel his absence like a festering wound.
  15. At some point, you lose sight of your actual parents, you just see a basketful of history and unresolved issues.
  16. The first thing you do at the end is reflect on the beginning.
  17. But as you stand there shell-shocked in the charred ruins of your life, your mind will invariably go back to the time when it all started.
  18. You never forget your first time, no matter how much you’d like to.
  19. When does it all happen? In increments, so you can’t watch out for it, you can’t fix it.
  20. You learn not to think about what might have been, and to just appreciate what you have.
  21. It would be a terrible mistake to go through life thinking that people are the sum total of what you see.
  22. It’s just hard to see people from your past when your present is so catclysmically fucked.
  23. In real life, you don’t get to choose what you forget.
  24. Real life, it’s coming for us. Who knows where the hell we’ll end up?
  25. When you share all of the administrative headaches of life with someone else, small piles of unaddressed, quotidian resentments build up over time like plaque, lingering on the fringes of your consciousness even as you kiss, lick and fondle each other.
  26. Our minds, unedited by guilt or shame, are selfish and unkind, and the majority of our thoughts, at any given time, are not for public consumption, because they would either be hurful or else just makes us look like the selfih and unkind bastards we are. We don’t share our thoughts, we share carefully sanitized watered-down versions of them.
  27. You’ll never knoe if you keep indulging your hate and anger like the world owes you reparations.
  28. You’ll never know when it will be the last time. But if you could remember every last time, you’d never stop grieving.
  29. Never marry a beautiful woman. Worship them if you must, go to bed with them if you can – by all means, everyone should hava a carnal knowledge of physical perfection at least once in their life – but when it comes to marriage, it’s a losing proposition. You will never stop feeling like a gatecrasher at your own party. Instead of feeling lucky, you will spend your life on edge, waiting for the other stiletto to fall and puncture your heart like a bullet.
  30. I’m coming to the lonely conclusion that the only thing you can ever really know about anyone is that you don’t know anything abut them at all.
  31. We are ghosts, passing each other in a place, and it’s hard to say who pities whom more.
  32. The only thing more painful than not knowing is knowing.
  33. It’s a sad moment when you come to understand how truly replaceable you are.
  34. Even on the best of circumstances, there’s just something so damn tragic about growing up.
  35. That’s love in real life: messy and corrupt and completely unreliable.
  36. It would be nice to do that to just pick up from wherever you were that wasn’t working out for you and ride the winds to a better place.
  37. If only our conflicts could be resolved with a few grunts and a smack on the ass.
  38. Sometimes, contentment is a matter of will. You have to look at what you have right in front of you, at what it could be, and stop measuring it against what you’ve lost.
  39. There’s that leap you have to take, to shed your inhibitions and expose your naked impulses.
  40. Life is huge, but it can turn on a dime.
  41. We all start so damn sure, thinking we’ve got the world on a string. If we ever stopped to think about the infinite number of ways we could be undone, wed never leave our bedrooms.
  42. You can doo everything right and still end up alone, watching time run off the clock.
  43. Don’t get old, kid. That’s where I went wrong.
  44. Our past trails behind us like a comet’s tail, the future stretched out before us like the universe. Things happen. People get lost and love breaks.
  45. It’s amazing how harmless the world can sometimes seem.

BOOK: A LONG WAY DOWN BY NICK HORNBY


Another group of friends – or let’s say, acquaintance again in writing. 4 people crossed paths as they were all planning to jump of the famous suicide tower. Now their lives are interconnected to one another – and they feel a bond to each one stronger than the people who are close to them. The bond of desire to take their own lives. 

The characters:

1. Martin  a celebrity who was imprisoned for sleeping with a 15 year old lost his wife and never sees his children, who is also almost out of a job. Everyone, inevitably judges him.

2. Maureen, a 40 year old single home who has no life, no work besides taking care of his son who is not normal. She wants to kill herself because of the guilt and her conscience: her thoughts are eating her; she would rather die than to take care of her son her whole life and not to have a life of her own. ”I was crying because all I wanted in the world, the only thing that would make me want to live, is for Matty to die”.

3.JJ, a failed musician, whose biggest goal in life is to become a famous musician together with his band. He lost his band and girlfriend at the same time. What pushes him off the ledge is his fear that he’ll be delivering pizzas all his life, and not being able to do what he loves most: music.

4. Jesse, a teenager who was left by his boyfriend. Her biggest source of depression: her sister is nowhere to be found.

Here are some of the things I think is noteworthy:

1. There are lots and lots of factors that push people over the edge; none of these factors are likely to make you feel anything but fucking miserable.

2. Knowing that you want to die makes you less scared.

3. Wanting to die seems like it might be a part of being alive.

4. There’s more than one way to be a loser. There’s sure more than one way of losing.

5. The trouble with my generation is that we all think we’re fucking geniuses. Making something isn’t good enough, and neither is selling something, or teaching or even just doing something. We have to BE something.

6. Oscar Wilde once said, One’s real life is often the life one does not lead.

7. Everyone needs a little time out.

8. Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.

9. Why is it so much easier to leap into the void than to face up to what you’ve done?

10. Women are fucking maniacs, man.

11. She loved me, which struck me as an answer more likely to confuse and obscure than to illuminate.

12. Failure is a hurtful success, and is likely to provoke even more anger, because there’s no grief to water it down.

13. You know how if you lose something valuable, a wallet, or a piece of jewelry, you cant concentrate on anything else? Well, it feels like that all the time, everyday.

14. That was me, that was who I was, and I just feel empty and frustrated, and, and, See, when you know you’re good, you think that will be enough, that’ll get you there, and when it doesn’t.. What are you supposed to do with it all? There’s nowhere for it to go, and it was.. Man, it used to eat me up even when things were going okay, because even if things were going okay, I was’t on stage, and sometimes it felt like I needed to be, otherwise, I’d explode.

15. I’m dying of some disease that dries up all the blood in your veins and all your sap and everything that makes you feel alive.

16. You thought you were going to be someone, but now it’s obvious you’re nobody. You haven’t got as much talent as you thought you had, and there was no plan B, and you got no skills, no education, and now you’re looking at forty or fifty years of nothing. Less than nothing, probably. 

17. Every unhappy situation had an unhappy opposite situation.

18. Hard is trying to rebuild yourself, piece by piece, with no instruction book, and no clue as to where all the important bits are supposed to go.