Just to recap (who doesn’t love a good recap? It’s like on TV shows, when the episode starts, “Previously on…” I live for that stuff since my memory sucks.), I’ve shared that Lily and I share a profession, we have the same favorite book and love of romantic comedies, and we have opposing views on fate.
We also share a certain personality trait: living in the past.
I’ll be the first to tell you I hate being an adult. Hate. I know I’m not alone in thinking this, so that’s comforting in a way. But it doesn’t change anything. It doesn’t make being an adult suck any less.
Does it though? Lily says yes. I say no.
I’m taking a different approach this time. I wanted to talk about something Lily and I don’t see eye to eye on.
Lily and I both love romantic comedies. The main difference to note right up front, however, is that I know it’s just a movie. Lily sees a sort of reality in these movies and even wants to live in one. She wants to fall for the leading man–or change someone into a leading man. Sorry, Tyler.
For the most part, romantic comedies are all the same: boy meets girl, they fall in love, the end. It’s a formula. I think that’s part of the appeal.
“Here. This’ll change your life.”
“Catcher in the Rye? Really? That’s my favorite book.”
So in the career department, Lily and I are basically one in the same, but what else do we have in common?
We share the same favorite book, Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.
I sort of hate that this is my favorite because it’s pretty cliche, right? But it’s true. I first read it in high school, not for class but as a recommendation from a friend. There was something so real about the narration. I don’t really know how to explain it, nor can I remember what it was like reading it for the first time. Back then, I’d never read a first person POV with such a captivating voice.
I’ve read it several times since then, and as Tyler says, “I always find something new in it.” The last time I read it, I read the entire thing aloud. Looking back on it, I should’ve just searched for the audiobook. What a genius. Next time. But I think hearing a book and not just seeing the words on the page gives you a whole new experience.
Lily and I both collect copies. I don’t have as many as she does though. Here’s my very small collection, if I can get away with calling it that.
I never intended to write a novel. It happened accidentally. I certainly didn’t set out to write a main character who is almost more me than I am.
English teacher, romantic comedy fan, cat lover, funny (I can say that about myself, right?), music fan, doubter, pessimist but “working on it”, small town dweller, fall enthusiast…I may have taken the notion of “write what you know” a bit too literally.
But for this “What Lily and I Have in Common” series, I must start with teaching and what prompted this accidental novel in the first place.
The short version goes like this: I was a content high school English teacher whose dream job teaching ninth and tenth grade was bruised when I was involuntarily transferred to middle school. Like Lily, I was told at the end of the school year, my first official one (again, just like Lily), so I had all summer to mull it over. And even though this event happened in 2011, the wound remains as fresh as the day I sat in that office and heard my fate. So fresh that I must now excuse myself to find more gauze.