My Brilliant Life

The library really came through for me this early summer. Book two off my can’t-wait-to-read-this-summer list was My Brilliant Life by Ae-ran Kim. It was a short and sweet read that I enjoyed, but didn’t LOVE. Apparently it also was a movie from 2014. Amazon describes: “Areum lives life to its fullest, vicariously through the stories of his parents, conversations with Little Grandpa Jang—his sixty-year-old neighbor and best friend—and through the books he reads to visit the places he would otherwise never see. For several months, Areum has been working on a manuscript, piecing together his parents’ often embellished stories about his family and childhood. He hopes to present it on his birthday, as a final gift to his mom and dad; their own falling-in-love story.” Perhaps a better description is from the movie: “Dae-soo and Mi-ra gave birth to their son Ah-reum when they were both 17 years old, and Ah-reum was diagnosed with progeria, which makes his body age prematurely. When Ah-reum turns seventeen, with his body that of an eighty-year-old, he decides to write a story about how his parents fell in love.” It’s a sweet story and worth a read.

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