This is my first time to join Memorable Monday, a meme hosted by Escape in a Book. Basically, participants must share a quote (or quotes) that they feel deserve(s) to be in the spotlight.
For my initial set of quotes, I am sharing words from Goth Girl Rising by Barry Lyga.
This is the sequel to The Astonishing Adventures of FanBoy and Goth Girl – a book a picked up just because, and ended up enjoying immensely. This is a YA book, and while you may think it is typical to dwell on teen angst, the two books presented a point of view in a deeper fashion. You will somehow root for the characters and understand where they are coming from, mostly the “dark” parts. Of course, as an adult, I also cringed at some parts, but only because I felt that in time, just you wait guys, you would eventually get it right, screw it up some more, or maybe find a halfway point, as you go through your lives! 🙂
Anyway, Goth Girl Rising is from the point of view this time of Kyra Sellers (“Goth Girl”), six months after being in a mental facility. She is trying to go back to where she left off before she was put in the facility (or where book 1 ended) and realized that things have changed. Here are her interesting thoughts about life:
When I was a little kid, I always thought that people who make themselves look different, who stood out, were freaks. Why anyone would want to stand out? I realized something one day, pretty much by accident. I realized this: standing out, sometimes it makes people stay away. They might laugh or gossip, but they stay away and that’s what I have always wanted.
Kyra’s mother died, she has a distant relationship with her father (even though the man was trying), and the friends she made — including a person she thought had feelings for her — kind of moved on. So when she came back, she realized:
You can’t rely on other people to be your strength. You have to be your own strength. You can’t rely on love. Love will let you down everytime. Every.single.time.
Here’s the thing I hate: his concern is like a really warm drink when your body is cold, and you feel it go all the way down your throat and then into your stomach where it pools and spreads out.
When she realized that it will take an effort to either bring things back to the way it was or move on like the others did, she got mad.
And there are no tears now. no sadness. No grief. I’ve chased it away with anger like I always do. Anger and sadness are like cats and dogs. One runs the other up into a tree and leaves it there.
Lastly, this is my most favorite lines from the book:
The world pretty much sucks most of the time. But the point of life isn’t to live in a world that doesn’t suck. The point is to try to make it suck a little bit less.