Overview: “An affecting and hope-filled posthumous collection of essays and stories from the talented young Yale graduate whose title essay captured the world’s attention in 2012 and turned her into an icon for her generation. Marina Keegan’s star was on the rise when she graduated magna cum laude 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 twenty-two 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, like The Last Lecture, articulates the universal struggle that all of us face as we figure out what we aspire to be and how we can harness our talents to make an impact on the world (Barnes and Noble).”
My Review: This book is incredible. Marina was so talented. In the forward, Marina’s professor and mentor, Ann Fadiman wrote, “Marina wouldn’t want to be remembered because she’s dead. She would want to be remembered because she’s good.” She was extremely talented and was such an incredible writer. The fiction and non-fiction writing is detailed, eloquent, mature, and well-written. Marina wanted to be a writer and she definitely was one. Marina’s friends, professors, family, and parents put the book together by recovering her computer from the crash and editing some of her best work. Her essay, “The Opposite of Loneliness” gives me shivers every time I read it. It is a great reminder that it’s not to late to make a change, pursue something you love, and make an impact.