The Opposite of Loneliness is a collection of short stories and essays written by Marina Keegan, a student who graduated from Yale but died in a tragic car accident five days later. Her graduation essay, “The Opposite of Loneliness” went viral after her death, and was included in the book. One of her stories that stood out most to me was a short story called “Challenger Deep.” In this story, five people are trapped in a submarine at the bottom ocean and are living in complete darkness. Some of the characters are more optimistic about their rescue, while others have given up hope. The story is narrated by Patrick, and he describes the psychological toll that their living situation has on him.
The story was very intriguing, and she did an amazing job of describing Patrick’s experience. Keegan’s writing is very honest and somewhat hopeful, but also realistic. Her voice is very representative of our generation, and she writes things that are relatable to today’s youth. I would recommend this book to anyone aspiring to be a writer, and anyone who is in college and wants to read stories and essays written by a great college writer.