I can not handle how talented Marina Keegan is. At age 22 she is an INCREDIBLE writer. That’s why it is devastating to learn that at age 22, just five days after graduating magna cum laude from Yale, Keegan died in a car crash. It’s so cheesy to call someone a bright star, but that’s exactly what Marina Keegan was. Thankfully, her family, friends, and professors noted her talent and published this collection of her fiction and nonfiction essays, posthumously.
Keegan’s work shows restraint – it is neither overly flowery nor dramatic. There is a subtlety to her work. Whether it is a fiction story about a girl recognizing her boyfriend’s flaws or a nonfiction essay about beached whales, she notices the emotional complexity in the everyday.
3.5 out of 5 stars.