@OneTooManySpoons That is fantastic and I'm happy you found me. They strip the fanmail of names and sometimes identifying details, I guess because much of it is from 11-year-olds. I always wanted to ask if other (older) readers wanted to get in touch and be friends but I couldn't! So thanks, Hairpin.
Can you order the books from other branches or something? Hurry!
@Ellie Let me know when you start reading the new one!
Ahhh. I can't read the New Yorker article yet in case there are final book spoilers, but in summation: yes.
Here's the letter I wrote Phyllis this summer: http://alicemckinley.wordpress.com/2013/07/08/the-best-gift-ever/
I've tried many times to explain what I love about Alice to many people, most of whom have never heard of the series. I think it boils down to the joy I had in reading about a girl who was totally normal at best, painfully average at worst, and all-around kind of weird and in her own head.
I just re-read all the books to prep for the finale and the tone is truly amazing (even though they get a little too modern YA-y toward the end). Super accurate to the adolescent experience for me and brings me back so hard to whatever age Alice is in each one. Lots of LOL-ing and crying.
And yes, my boyfriend just devoured the whole series as well and now we are both twiddling our thumbs, waiting for the final book to come in the mail. If anyone else is reading and wants to form a book club, HOLLA.
Sorry, this was in reference to the inevitable Today show appearance to which I don't know why I clicked.
And the TV rounds begin!
"Oh, it's a very collaborative process." - this guy who even SOUNDS exactly just like Alexander Skarsgård
Haven’t looked at my yearbooks lately but I can guarantee that none of the messages contained semi-colons. HE USED A SEMI-COLON!
Ah, one of my favourite songs to karaoke, i.e. find an instrumental for on YouTube and sing along to it in the bathroom.
That bread better be crumbly and dense and bound together by xantham gum, just like mine!!!
LW4! I was stuck in a dead (on my end) relationship months before it ended, mostly on account of the classic/misguided "wait and hope that everything resolves itself during the visit". I did that for many visits, in fact. Like yours, mine had been long distance for a while and would be for a while longer, and I was spent, hurt and feeling taken for granted.
After weeks of alternating between emotionally exhausting circular discussions and pretend-nothing's-wrong chit chats, I totally gave up and went ahead with our scheduled Christmas trip. Guess what! Worst idea! Things did not resolve themselves, I was miserable, he missed his flight home and I couldn't even break up with him at the airport because we instead had to SPEND AN EXTRA NIGHT TOGETHER AT THE AIRPORT HOTEL. I was in tears of frustration when he finally left and we didn't even break up. I could only endure one more month after that, and ended it over the phone (sidenote: this is 100% acceptable in many LDR circumstances).
If your boyfriend has yet to give you reason to believe that things actually could improve in the near future, you're waiting for nothing. I waited for nothing and that's a holiday I could have spent having a Resident Evil movie marathon that I'll never get back. End it sooner than later, and make it less painful for both of you.
@Nicole Cliffe I...have the entire soundtrack on my iPod. And wake up singing the Grouch Anthem. I've also been recording a cover song that you would probably be interested in. Will keep you posted.