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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (1 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147675361X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476753614
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This book shows her prodigious talent already in full bloom. Keegan may have died before her time, but she was a writer who demonstrated a gift beyond her years' Observer

'It's moving to watch this young woman speaking about everything being 'so beautiful and short' knowing what happened to her afterwards... Her voice is so fresh, her enthusiasm so appealing, her ambition so great that you cannot help but wonder what she might have achieved' Financial Times

'An extraordinary figure, a young person of enormous potential, who had already achieved a great deal...Throughout the 18 pieces in the collection, [that] pathos is delivered with a striking emotional intensity, in sharp and witty prose' New Statesman

We'll never know what else the talented author of these wise, funny essays and stories would have gone on to write... she's open and self-aware... this book shows that she was wrong [in thinking she would never do anything]'

'The promise it shows is just heart-breaking'

'The Opposite of Loneliness won the Goodreads Choice Awards non-fiction book for 2014. Members of the reading social network cast more than three million votes across 20 categories ranging from fiction to horror, young adult writing to poetry. Keegan's writing was one of the standout winners. The Independent

'Hailed as a prodigious talent and an 'icon for a generation', Marina's work has been critically acclaimed since its release in April' --Stylist --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Marina Keegan (1989-2012) was an award-winning author, journalist, playwright, poet, actress and activist. Her non-fiction has been published in the New York Times; her fiction has been published on and read on NPR's Selected Shorts; her musical, Independents, was a New York Times Critics' Pick. Marina's final essay for the Yale Daily News, 'The Opposite of Loneliness', became an instant global sensation, viewed by more than 1.4 million people from 98 countries. For more information, visit --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Soairse on 15 May 2014
Format: Hardcover
Marina Keegan, who died in 2012, was a twenty-two year old graduate of Yale University. Even though her time on earth was short, the introduction to the book makes it clear that she was a person of humorous good will and irrepressible enthusiasm who lived her years to the full. She was a self-assured young woman because when a celebrated novelist visited the university and told her creative writing class that it was impossible for newcomers to make a living as an author, Marina was the one to stand up and challenge him; she was determined to be a success in the profession. It can never be fully known whether her self-confidence was justified as she died in a road accident only a few days after graduating with honours. Certainly her language is a little raw in places but this collection of her student essays and short stories goes some way to confirming that had she had time to mature and hone her talents, she would indeed have prevailed. The book comprises a section of nine fiction pieces followed by eight nonfiction essays. Like other reviewers, I preferred the latter section. Her essay, `The Opposite of Loneliness' which appeared in the graduation issue of `The Yale Daily News' is poignant and remarkably insightful for a twenty-two year-old or even for a mature writer for that matter. Her description of the imminent rupture of the comfortable `web of security' which supports university students, such as living on the same block as all your friends, the shared interests, partying together, group texts to discuss, is sweetly nostalgic. Yet, Marina was not backward looking or afraid to confront the real world. She appears to have been raring to go, `We're in this together, 2012.' she says, `Let's make something happen to this world.' Since her juvenilia is so readable, it seems likely that she would indeed have made something happen in her chosen profession. Requiescat in pace, Marina.
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Marina Keegan had just graduated from Yale and had a job waiting for her at the New Yorker. The Opposite of Loneliness is a beautiful collection of her essays and stories that show what a remarkable talent she was.

She writes about the value of community at Yale, how valuable youth is and how much time people have to live out their dreams and the ability they have to start over again. This is something we can all relate to as we wonder what life has in store for us when we leave somewhere, be it a place, a school or a university. We feel we have to decide what’s next for us but Marina is saying it’s OK not to have your house in order right away.

One of her stories has a girl dealing with the death of a boyfriend. She wonders if the relationship meant as much to him as it does to her now. She herself hadn’t fully appreciated what she may have had until it was gone. She’s brilliant at expressing the hopes and angst of youth, with another story telling us so much about a family during a Winter break, with the development of a young relationship contrasted with the deterioration of the relationship of the parents.

I loved the descriptions of the jealousy of a co-star in a boyfriend’s play. She goes through all the emotions as he continues to express his love while talking about the friendship with a fellow actor. The perception of him all changes in a single game, with a simple action saying so much about his character. Her short stories say so much in so little words, one of favourites being a beautiful story of a former ballet dancer reading to a blind man.

She covers many different types of relationships and seems to nail each and every one of them.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Denis Vukosav TOP 50 REVIEWER on 9 April 2014
Format: Hardcover
‘The Opposite of Loneliness’ is collection of essays and stories written by Marina Keegan, a tragically deceased young person who has gone too soon from this world.

In front of Marina was certainly a great career after she graduated from Yale, supposed to start working at the New Yorker while one of her texts planned to be turned into a play.

Unfortunately, the death was quicker but what is left as her legacy was collected in this interesting collection ‘The Opposite of Loneliness’ which certainly confirms that she was a talented young person who needed only to be provided with the right opportunity.

The collection consists of works that are both fiction and non-fiction while she speaks about various everyday issues - about the life that we live, about relationships that we establish with each other, about our feelings.

However, although her fictional texts are of good quality, far more impressive are her articles and most of all, Marina Keegan’s most known work “The Opposite of Loneliness” after which the collection is named. Precisely when the reader will read this text even more will be affected with the sad fact that this girl full of optimism and hope in life is no longer among us, even though through her text speaks the beauty of life and happiness, everything what is the opposite of loneliness that many people today feel.

Of course that at times the more experienced reader will notice that it is a work that was written by the young and not so experienced person, but in any case her talent in the years that were to follow would surely have brought her far.

Unfortunately, now we can only enjoy what left behind this young girl though I’m strong believer that anyone who likes to read short stories, especially young audience, will enjoy reading Marina’s collection - because of her optimism, desire and youthful vigor that speaks from every page she wrote.
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