“I get scared because things are finite, and I don’t want them to be finite with you.”
Just because everyone else thinks you should be over it doesn’t mean you are.
Last year, Sarah’s best friend Jamie died in a freak accident. Back then, everyone was sad; now they’re just ready for Sarah to get over it and move on.
But Sarah’s not ready to move on. She can’t stop reliving what happened, struggling with guilt, questioning the meaning of life, and missing her best friend. Her grades are plummeting, her relationships are falling apart, and her normal voice seems to have been replaced with a snark box. Life just seems random: no pattern, no meaning, no rules – and no reason to bother.
In a last-ditch effort to pull it together, Sarah befriends Jamie’s twin brother Emmett, who may be the only other person who understands what she’s lost. And when she gets a job working for the local eccentric who owns a Christmas tree farm, she finally begins to understand the threads that connect us all, the benefit of giving people a chance, and the power of love.
While I love Fantasy books, I have a soft spot for realistic fiction. It gives me a break in my life, and sends me into the life a person whose is extremely worse than mine. And I can sympathize, and sometimes empathize, with them. In comparison, my life is uncomplicated and awesome. And it makes me feel better.
The Theory of Everything is a beautiful novel showing the aftermath left behind by a death. It is about learning to move on, and let go. It takes a sliver of life and writes some 300 pages on it.
And that is why I like realistic fiction so much. Because, instead of being like an autobiography or biography, it takes a small sliver of life and writes extensively on that small portion of life. Because life is a series of moments. And to write a single book on every one of those moments is next to impossible. You can’t pick and choose which moments of life to write in a novel, either, because every moment is special. Every moment holds some sort of value to someone.
And J. J. Johnson takes a couple of those value-filled, special, unique, moments, and writes a beautiful novel that is close to my heart.
I want to read The Theory of Everything
*If you are unaware, I have a video on how to use Indie Bound as a resource on how to find books
**Also, if you have a Windows Phone, there is a really good EPUB reader app called Bookviser Reader. You can check out their website here. If you have an Android phone, you can check out an app called Lithium which is a similar EPUB reader.
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