I’ve been a little skittish around cars for the past few days. This is not a surprise, considering I’ve been immersed in If I Stay by Gayle Forman and Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. Both books feature main characters who hover between life and death after a car crash. (Also, both covers have giant lying-down girl heads.)
If I Stay and Before I Fall are both wonderful stories, and both reaffirm the kinds of thoughts about life that seem simple but are actually so profound that you have to think them over and over again, realizing anew each time how bone-deep true they are. Life is beautiful and horrible in equal measure. The small mistakes that seem to matter so much in the moment are not so important in the long run. Cars are really dangerous.
*The title of this post is a reference to the song Last Kiss, a song about a car crash that is truly bizarre when you contrast its tragic lyrics with its upbeat sound. Pearl Jam later covered this song (semi-ironically?), and I felt triumphant that I already knew it and angry that now everyone would think I only knew it because of Pearl Jam.