The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan

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Read The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories Online Free - 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.

Title : The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories
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ISBN : 147675361X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 208 pages


Lindy Loo rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 18, 2014

This book infuriated me. I'm sure it has infuriated others as well, but given the circumstances (and tragic death) of its writer, I suspect most folks feel uncomfortable panning it. So I'll take one for the team and be that asshole. When I jumped into this book, having read its hype, I was expect...

Mia rated it ★★★☆☆

March 04, 2015

I'm torn about this book. On one hand, it's an inspiration: at 22, Marina Keegan clearly had remarkable self-assuredness and work ethic. But her prose isn't particularly inspired and her observations don't feel all that precise or penetrating either. To think that she already had a job lined up a...

Ariel rated it ★★★☆☆

August 26, 2015

I LEARNED SO MUCH FROM THIS BOOK! Let's do a good old fashioned pros vs cons: PROS: - A new found enjoyment in non-fiction! Essays are fun! - When Marina wrote about topics she was really confident in and had first-hand experience with her essays and stories felt so true to life and honest. - As a wri...

Whitney rated it ★★★★★

November 06, 2015

One of the best books i've ever read. Some of the most beautiful writing i've experienced. Some of these quotes gave me chills so bad I had to stop reading. A few of these stories lost my interest, but the ones that blew my mind made up for it. A book that deserves every award and every 5 stars i...

Raeleen rated it ★★★☆☆

June 07, 2017

I really enjoyed the first two stories, but the rest of them really fell flat for me. I LOVED the introduction and the speech "The Opposite of Loneliness", but most of the other essays were just fine. VERY MIXED EMOTIONS ON THIS ONE.

Hank rated it ★★★☆☆

June 22, 2014

I was drawn to this book because of the tragic backstory and also because (this is a little embarrassing) I'm trying to understand the so-called millennial generation a little better than I think I do; there are noticeable differences, many of them rooted in stereotype. Anne Fadiman, who wrote one...

Riley rated it ★★★★☆

August 22, 2016

Wow these essays were beautiful. There are definitely a few I will go back to in the future and reread

eb rated it ★★★☆☆

April 28, 2014

This collection reads like what it is: the work of the most talented person in an undergrad writing class.

Lesley rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 19, 2014

In a perfect world, this book would have never been published because Marina Keegan wouldn't have died at age 22. There were a few decent stories and essays in here--writing that showed tremendous ability and potential if they were to appear in a college workshop. (If I had taught her in an introd...

Katherine rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 11, 2015

"We can't, we MUST not lose this sense of possibility, because in the end, it's all we have." Overall Rating: 2.7 out of 5 stars Before the haters drink their Haterade and troll me for being an unfeeling asshole, HEAR ME OUT. First of all, think what happened to Marina Keegan is absolutely tragic...

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