The Terrible Truth and the Wonderful Lie
Oh damn you, Bio Girl, you and your book recommendations. I finally got to check I’ll Give You the Sun out of the library and spent a weepy week with it. It’s a good book. You can see the twists coming from many miles away but that doesn’t make the book any less enjoyable.
The book is about twins who are best friends at 13 and not speaking by 16, and you learn what drove them apart. I got the sense that the author both knew twins and that she has never spent real time with twins. These twins were like the John Green equivalent of twins. You know how John Green teenagers both act like teenagers and nothing like teenagers at the same time? These twins were like twins and nothing like twins at the same time.
And that is not a criticism. If I want real twins, I can walk into the kitchen. If I want real teenagers, I can call my niece. Most of the time, when I am turning to a book, I don’t want reality reflected back at me perfectly. I want a little hyperbole so I can notice things in my own life.
Anyway, a small fear I have — in the back of my heart — is that my twins will one day grow apart. I believe it is possible and I don’t believe it is possible. They have always been each other’s best friend, and that continues to this day even as they gravitate towards people outside the family. But I also know that relationships change. They wax and wane. Maybe one day they will grow apart. Or maybe they won’t. In any case, I told them the plot line, they collectively rolled their eyes and informed me that they would never destroy their relationship and did I know fact from fiction, Mum?
Um… yes. I was just checking.
I’m a little sensitive with twin-themed books.
Anyway, there were three passages I noted in the book that I will turn over to you for discussion. None of three actually require you to read the book. They’re just questions the text raised inside my brain. The first and third sort of loop together, but I think I’ll ask these questions separately so I can see how I want to phrase the last one after I see the answers to the first.
So here’s the first question:
Would you rather unknowingly have your life be a terrible truth or a wonderful lie? Meaning, you would never know that your life was a lie; there would be no horrible moment of knowledge. So with that fact in mind, would you rather unknowingly have your life be a terrible truth or a wonderful lie?