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02/09/2013 01:29 pm ET | Updated Apr 11, 2013

You're a Really Good Story

You're a really good story. In fact, you used to be one of my favorite stories. I would awkwardly and obviously bring you up in conversation, not even making an attempt to segue from the last conversation topic. And, I know that you're obviously a real person, but to me, you're a story. Like, how in "Looking for Alaska," Alaska Young is Pudge's "Great Perhaps." That's kind of what you're like to me.

You're a really good teen romance story. You have all the makings of a typical teen novel: a summer away from home, the possibility of romance, and of course, some really cliché lines. I'd like to think that I won't be the typical teen girl who ends up fascinated with you, that I only read literary classics and Beat Generation poetry. But, even if you're pretty cheesy, I still like you. In fact, I like you a lot more than I'd want to admit.

You're a really good "coming of age story". You're "The Perks of Being the Catcher in the Rye Who's Looking for Alaska." You're what helps me deal with being the stereotypical teen who feels trapped in suburbia. You teach me what it means to grow up and why it's necessary. You're adventure and change and acceptance. And, even though I'm only halfway through, I already feel like I could reread you for the rest of my life.

You're a really good story about things falling apart. No, you're not like Chinua Achebe's "Things Fall Apart." But, you're one of those stories that just leaves the reader hanging. You don't even have a real ending; there's an attempt at closure, but it's incomplete and half-hearted. You're reminding me of how I felt when I read "A Farewell to Arms" when I was 13. I fell in love with Henry and Catherine's relationship and how it built up in every one of the five books within the novel. And, then at the end, I was just confused. Where did all those hundreds of pages of progress go? Why spend all this time to create something and then just go ahead and destroy it?

But, given some time, I've come to terms with the fact that I'm not the author of this story; I'm a side character whose role has been fulfilled. I don't make your decisions. It's your choice if you want to have a plot twist or become an entire series as your questions are still unanswered and your conflicts remain unresolved. You can leave off where you want and start anew wherever you please. And, maybe this should upset me or leave me wondering. But, it doesn't; I am surprisingly content. Because even though this didn't go as I had expected, you are still one hell of a story.