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Have you ever walked down an empty street at night and not be able to help noticing the bright lights inside of the warm houses It s a cliche but people look sad, or happy, or anything else there is to feel It s that feeling of knowing that people are feeling something and it s got nothing whatsoever to do with you You re outside, alone, and no one notices you, or your freaking cute dog Other times are the best Listening to music on headphones and getting goosebumps from favorite songs Eve Have you ever walked down an empty street at night and not be able to help noticing the bright lights inside of the warm houses It s a cliche but people look sad, or happy, or anything else there is to feel It s that feeling of knowing that people are feeling something and it s got nothing whatsoever to do with you You re outside, alone, and no one notices you, or your freaking cute dog Other times are the best Listening to music on headphones and getting goosebumps from favorite songs Everybody s souls are parallel and perpendicular It s a tricky feeling to get a handle of When it s enough, when it s not There s possibilities in one and heartache in the other I fear coming up against the wall I m afraid that all that s ever going to be with almost everyone I ll ever meet is the lamp post communication, the there s no one better to talk to communication blankness Ever have a conversation with a person who gets up the moment someone better comes around Or constantly checks their cell phone Depressing I dread the token I see response I get so afraid of it that I stop talking altogether.This could have been that story for me The parallel hard to always grow up story Sadly, depressingly, it wasn t I felt left out of Owen and Natalie s connection It didn t really feel like a connection to me The narrarator, Owen, is a big part of the problem, from where I m sitting alone By choice He s theoretical boy You know how annoying it was when Winona Ryder announced an attempted alcoholism problem to give weight to her art Owen does that but with forced girl trouble and his art is coming of age I think I kinda hated him when he bursts into his parent s house screaming, I m an intellectual Not even the nonstop whining that they gasp had the gall to buy him a car, when he d rather the money be spent on something else he wanted Geez Louise Too much ass patting for my tastes I didn t like his generic world view Take any bad teen movie with a These are the jocks These are the preppy kids and you have his observations, pretty much The point of this story was being known, about finding that anchor in another person that you can be stupid or smart with Yeah Then why did I never know him He labeled himself Maybe it s me I ve never felt like poor me smart kid who is unappreciated by the unwashed masses I just felt alone Get through today and don t live for a dinner party dream I didn t become a well adjusted person on a birth date Wasn t he just using Natalie as a token teen experience of the girl who got away It wasn t ever about her He doesn t see her He doesn t even dream inside himself It s to say he has one That s the worst thing of all.My favorite part is when Natalie says Yeah in a real way that isn t a token I see way That was the time I felt that Le guin knew what it was to really want that something realer connection I don t know For these kinds of stories I feel too seperate because it s not something I decided to be Owen decides to be in love, he decides to be awkward with Natalie I felt bad for the girl I can t understand a girl who can t be silly without Owen, but I felt bad for her She wanted a friend to talk to and he craps out for no good reason I didn t buy the These things happen world view I don t wanna stare in the window and feel an aching loss I can t put a finger on This is something you DO get to decide It s okay to want things, right Dammit, Le guin The emotional experiences described in this book rang poignantly true and familiar even if a few superficial details didn t I have great admiration for the author s boldness and skill in articulating the fog of teenage psychological turnover without being vague, indirect, or simplifying it out of recognition I didn t read this when I was a teenager, and I m not sure what it would have meant to me then, because I hadn t yet really had the experiences it describes Reading it now, I was able t The emotional experiences described in this book rang poignantly true and familiar even if a few superficial details didn t I have great admiration for the author s boldness and skill in articulating the fog of teenage psychological turnover without being vague, indirect, or simplifying it out of recognition I didn t read this when I was a teenager, and I m not sure what it would have meant to me then, because I hadn t yet really had the experiences it describes Reading it now, I was able to imagine that a book like this could, for certain people, almost function as a substitute for the kind of clarifying, stabilizing personal encounter that it describes, and that seemed like a noble thing for a book to be I admire that she let so much of the text be essayistic, blatantly psychological talk, and that she let it be so short A lot to admire here And this is my favorite YA novel ever when it was out of print, I went to the New York Public Library and copied every page of it just so I d have a copy for myself There s very little story to it, and it s not for everyone, certainly, but if you were a sensitive teenager who loved reading and thinking and felt a little out of step with everyone else, THIS IS THE BOOK It s criminally underknown. If you d like a story about how I won my basketball letter and achieved fame, love, and fortune, don t read this I don t know what I achieved in the six months I m going to tell you about I achieved something, all right, but I think it may take me the rest of my life to find out what So begins this book by an author known for her intelligent adult science fiction novels and equally intelligent fantasy novels for young adults But Ursula Le Guin has also written a few contemporary young adult If you d like a story about how I won my basketball letter and achieved fame, love, and fortune, don t read this I don t know what I achieved in the six months I m going to tell you about I achieved something, all right, but I think it may take me the rest of my life to find out what So begins this book by an author known for her intelligent adult science fiction novels and equally intelligent fantasy novels for young adults But Ursula Le Guin has also written a few contemporary young adult fiction books with the same sensitivity and thought provoking material found in those other books In this book, Owen, aged seventeen, in the middle of his senior year in high school, tells his story to the reader while recording it on tape to be typed up later in book form Owen is a loner, an intellectual, but not a stereotypical nerd He is a thought filled, introspective young man who hasn t found any deep connections to anyone, only to his intellectual pursuits centering on science He does have two male friends he goofs around with on a regular basis, and he has joined groups at school But he knows he s living a pretend life in a pretend world no different than the one he invented as a child But that imaginary world called Thorn, a utopian place for Owen when he was younger, is no longer a viable residence now that he s on the brink of adulthood and on the brink of a breakdown Owen doesn t know who he is He only knows who he isn t He doesn t want to be defined by a group or by other people s expectations of him He wants space to find out how he fills up the space that will be his life He wants to cast his own mold instead of being molded But the pressure is on to conform and to please His mom wants him to go to the local state college the following year, for financial and safety reasons But Owen has dreams of going to MIT, and the decisions concerning his life seem to be out of his hands And it all comes to a head one day when his father gives him an extravagant present he doesn t want He fears his life will end up just like his parents And the problem with that is, he s not like them, or anyone else he knows That is, until he meets Natalie, an independent minded young woman in his grade whose musical talent and ambition to achieve her goals have Owen wondering if he might take control and achieve his own This book, which is aimed at young adults facing the same identity issues and insecurities as Owen, can actually be useful and appreciated by adults with children, as well as by adults who are going through transitions in their life at any age This book is written simply, though it was difficult to read, at times, with the pervading sadness and bouts of hopelessness that Owen faced But to the author s credit, there were no magical solutions to Owen s problems, nor was there any one magical person who became his solution except perhaps himself by the end, which was only the beginning Back in the late 90s and early 2000s, I subscribed to a literary magazine called Cicada that mixed realism and genre, stories by teenage authors with stories by professionals It s still in print, apparently Good for it Every two months issues appeared on my doorstep, introducing me to new works by Neil Gaiman, Patricia McKillip, Naomi Shihab Nye I didn t love everything they printed, but I loved a lot of it and I fell particularly hard and deep for Very Far Away from Anywhere Else, whic Back in the late 90s and early 2000s, I subscribed to a literary magazine called Cicada that mixed realism and genre, stories by teenage authors with stories by professionals It s still in print, apparently Good for it Every two months issues appeared on my doorstep, introducing me to new works by Neil Gaiman, Patricia McKillip, Naomi Shihab Nye I didn t love everything they printed, but I loved a lot of it and I fell particularly hard and deep for Very Far Away from Anywhere Else, which filled the better part of one issue and which I remember reading, all in one sitting, curled up in my aunt s living room chair.As works by Le Guin go, it s minor perhaps her most minor Published as a stand alone book, it doesn t even hit 100 pages and practically vanishes on my shelf I have read less than glowing reviews of it that dismiss its didacticism, simplicity, and quaintness, and I can t really argue But as a teenager, it hit me like a ton of bricks There s a concept that poly people are fond of talking about called the relationship escalator, the idea that first you date, then you become exclusive, then you marry, then you have kids, all these steps lined up one two three and the idea that you don t have to ride the relationship escalator, that you can step off and still build a relationship that s valid and meaningful and true Very Far Away from Anywhere Else was the first book to talk to me about, I guess, the life escalator, and to tell me it was okay to get off, not in a run away and hide in the forest kind of way but in a way that meant picking and choosing the parts that mattered to you and doing them in the order you wanted.When I was sixteen years old my grandparents wanted to buy me a car, and I said no thank you We negotiated I got a copy of the full and complete Oxford English Dictionary instead, all twenty volumes of it Almost eighteen years later, I still don t have a car and I still refer back to that dictionary I have no regrets And I have Owen and his conflict with his father to thank for that choice, to thank for showing me that there was a choice to make Very Far Away from Anywhere Else talked to me about other things, too, like the difference between loving someone and being in love with them, like what it meant to create your own meaning of life In many ways those are bigger things,important things Other books by Le Guin have told me other big things, other important things, have filled my heart and my mind But sometimes it s the little things, the little choices, that have the biggest impact on your life.I can t tell you how well this book reads for someone who doesn t first encounter it at the exact right moment of adolescence, because I was not that person But I can tell you that, even on reread, it touches my heart This book was a total cover buy window shopping for vintage covers on betterworldbooks because I am miles away from a used books store This wasor less on point with my approximation of what a YA romance coming from Ms Le Guin would read like Poignant, wistful and really spoke to the heart mine at least And in K Le Guin fashion somehow also manages to touch on some pretty hefty social issues right alongside those growing pain issues without any weight throwing whatsoever and witho This book was a total cover buy window shopping for vintage covers on betterworldbooks because I am miles away from a used books store This wasor less on point with my approximation of what a YA romance coming from Ms Le Guin would read like Poignant, wistful and really spoke to the heart mine at least And in K Le Guin fashion somehow also manages to touch on some pretty hefty social issues right alongside those growing pain issues without any weight throwing whatsoever and without missing a beat Review lifted from my bookstagram blurb |READ KINDLE ♞ Very Far Away from Anywhere Else ⚆ Owen is seventeen and smart He knows what he wants to do with his life But then he meets Natalie and he realizes he doesn t know anything much at all A slender, realistic story of a young man s coming of age, Very Far Away from Anywhere Else is one of the most inspiring novels Ursula K Le Guin has ever published The scary thing about this story is the fact that Owen is a 17 year old teenager from a time before I was even born and I perfectly understand his thought process I can relate to him completely, despite of our age difference and the general time difference It surely says something about this book, the fact that I found myself in it Or it says something about meor both But whether that is a good thing or not, I m still not quite sure We talked about life.And the sea was there, forty f The scary thing about this story is the fact that Owen is a 17 year old teenager from a time before I was even born and I perfectly understand his thought process I can relate to him completely, despite of our age difference and the general time difference It surely says something about this book, the fact that I found myself in it Or it says something about meor both But whether that is a good thing or not, I m still not quite sure We talked about life.And the sea was there, forty feet away and getting closer, and the sky over the sea, and the sun going down the sky And it was cold, and it was the high point of my life I d had high points beforeBut always alone By myself.This time I was not alone I was on the high mountain with a friend There is nothing, there is nothing that beats that If it never happens again in my life, still I can say I was there once A children s literature professor recommended this book in a class I took years ago, and I wish I had read it then At first, I compared it somewhat unfavorably to newer YA novels I ve read, perhaps because the plot starts out relatively slowly I once took a personality test that determines whether you are a nerd, geek, or dork, and while I m not going to disclose my results, I m pretty sure Owen, the protagonist, would have gotten all of the above And back in the seventies, before nerd pride A children s literature professor recommended this book in a class I took years ago, and I wish I had read it then At first, I compared it somewhat unfavorably to newer YA novels I ve read, perhaps because the plot starts out relatively slowly I once took a personality test that determines whether you are a nerd, geek, or dork, and while I m not going to disclose my results, I m pretty sure Owen, the protagonist, would have gotten all of the above And back in the seventies, before nerd pride and geek culture were widespread on the internet, all three words or at least the related concepts were equally insulting Initially, I thought Owen s angst over living a boring suburban life with parents and classmates who don t understand his intellectual interests was rather petty compared to the issues discussed in contemporary YA literature I somehow overlooked the ominous foreshadowing found in the allusions to the Bronte family Midway through the novel, the plot picked up, and I was pleasantly surprised to find an author who understands what it s like to be a teen with only one friend you can really talk to What it s like to stop caring about the things you once valued most in life What it s like to create a world you want to live in, very far away from anywhere else Instead of existing only to save the main character or help him check a rite of passage off his to do list, the female lead, Natalie, has values and goals of her own, and the ensuing conflict turns the plot from bland to compelling Despite the occasional instance of dated slang and the dreary mid twentieth century suburban setting, this novel has a depth that is often lacking in the controversial issue of the week genre of teen literature Very Far Away From Anywhere Else is written by Ursula K LeGuin, best known for her fantasy sci fi books.But she also writes other material, and this slight novel a bare 87 pages,of a novella is really good I first read it in 1981, 27 years ago But time has not diminished this story of a young man who feels different that other high schoolers, and feels quite alone He finds a friend in a headstrong young womansomeone he really feels himself with But by his actions, he messes up th Very Far Away From Anywhere Else is written by Ursula K LeGuin, best known for her fantasy sci fi books.But she also writes other material, and this slight novel a bare 87 pages,of a novella is really good I first read it in 1981, 27 years ago But time has not diminished this story of a young man who feels different that other high schoolers, and feels quite alone He finds a friend in a headstrong young womansomeone he really feels himself with But by his actions, he messes up that important, life changing friendship.It is a work that really catches that feeling in high school of no one quite understanding you Of feeling alien It evokes a time in life before you have truly found yourself, and feel a bit lost And of a moment, when you begin to see who you are, or at least who you can be.Really nicely written, without being overdone The first person narrative is not whiny, but stays on an even keel, and isevocative because of that