Bookeater's Journal


"Once and For All" Sarah Dessen













Courage to stop and endurance to keep on *

At last I have obtained "the courage to stop" ...but I may have lost it again.

"What the heck are you talking about?", you might think. What I'm talking about is whether it is possible to stop reading books which we have already started when it's boring. 

Thinking about the life ahead, I wonder how many books I would read from now on. It would be a waste of time to spend on books I don't like. Then, recently I've come to make it a rule to quit reading them immediately. Wow, I can do it. That's rational.

I found this book at the library and borrowed without any reason. It's a young-adult romance, and I had been thinking it is so boring that I should quit reading for almost the first three chapters, until the story became unstoppable and I finished reading.

Well, this experience will make me indecisive. I may return to the days when I kept on reading without enough courage to stop.

The story is about a girl who has ended her first and best one day's love because of a sad reason. She is getting over it in the course of time. I found it interesting the hero is a rare type as a hero. Their life seem very enjoyable though not all young Americans could live lives like these. 

We can learn various kinds of abbreviation used in their texts and conversations... let's try to ask Google. Interesting, they are. Young Americans use many abbreviations as often as young Japaneses. I wonder why. They are busy, aren't they?

This book hasn't been translated into Japanese yet. There is another book by this author which have already translated. If you prefer reading in Japanese, you can try that one.

I would like to encourage someone who start reading this book to sustain reading however boring it seems initially.