“There will be other lives.
There will be other lives for nervous boys with sweaty palms, for bittersweet fumblings in the backseats of cars, for caps and gowns in royal blue and crimson, for mothers clasping pretty pearl necklaces around daughters’ unlined necks, for your full name read aloud in an auditorium, for brand-new suitcases transporting you to strange new people in strange new lands.
And there will be other lives for unpaid debts, for one-night stands, for Prague and Paris, for painful shoes with pointy toes, for indecision and revisions.
And there will be other lives for fathers walking daughters down aisles.
And there will be other lives for sweet babies with skin like milk.
And there will be other lives for a man you don’t recognize, for a face in a mirror that is no longer yours, for the funerals of intimates, for shrinking, for teeth that fall out, for hair on your chin, for forgetting everything. Everything.
Oh, there are so many lives. How we wish we could live them concurrently instead of one by one by one. We could select the best pieces of each, stringing them together like a strand of pearls. But that’s not how it works. A human’s life is a beautiful mess.”
Gabrielle Zevin is an amazing author! She has written two books called ‘Elsewhere’ and ‘Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac’. The above quote is from Elsewhere, which all of my friends love! It’s written so well. This is the basic plot:
Liz is nearly sixteen when she is involved in a hit-and-run accident and suffers a severe head injury. She wakes up on the bottom bunk of a ship’s cabin. In the top bunk is another teenage girl with beautiful braids and a hole in the base of her skull. Her name is Thandi, and the two girls become friends. It is only when the peculiar boat arrives at ‘Elsewhere’ that Liz begins to realise that she – and everybody else – is dead.
This story is beautiful. It’s so bittersweet it had me crying and laughing in equal measures. I would 100% reccomend that you read this wonderful book!