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Book Review: The Opposite of Loneliness

Book Review: The Opposite of Loneliness

You may hate short stories but you won’t hate this book. Here’s why.

We’ve all felt lonely, heartbroken, empty, lost, and have struggled (are struggling) to trudge through uni, while hopefully keeping our smiles on our faces and sanity intact. We complain about how life sucks and how uni sucks more, throwing us into a vortex of negativity. The Opposite of Loneliness is the answer to a happier uni life, a happier life.

Marina Keegan doesn’t dismiss the lows in life, but rather normalises them through her stories. She takes all our feelings, puts them into words and recreates those experience through her characters. If you never quite understood how words could have feelings, read this book and you will.

Reading Keegan’s words makes you feel like you have a friend in a stranger you’ve never met. She makes you feel less of a lonely island in the middle of the vast sea, giving you the sense of security in a period of uncertainty.

The best part of the book is that unlike other motivational books, it’s relatable in the most eloquent and subtle way possible, without throwing motivational quotes into your face.

A sense of hope is what everyone needs and Keegan provides that spark in a world marred by coldness and unhappiness. The feeling of not being lonely transcends immaculately through her words. The words come to life, letting you not only read the stories, but live them.

The Opposite of Loneliness is the most positive book about negative experiences. It’s a book written by a millennial, for millennials to get through a time that no one prepped us for. A definite must read!


Grade: High Distinction



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