"This book shows the end of the world in its own breathtaking ways."
I Hope You Get This Message is a book about 3 teens all finding themselves in different situations of finding not only their long-lost loved ones, but themselves as well. Here is my take on it (since I had just recently finished it, and yes it did take me almost a year to read because I procrastinated too much, but recently I had managed to put myself onto a schedule of reading 30 minutes each day since I learned in Max Joseph's How to Read in the Golden Age of Content, reading 30 minutes everyday in one year can get you to reading 5 books within that year, which I think is good because I love books, just didn't have the same brain capacity as I used to.) *NOTE: Possible spoilers, but I plan on not spoiling as much, such as ending, etc. I will mainly be talking about character analysis and quotes:
Let's start off with the starting character, Jesse- a gay, teenage boy who is finding his humanity within the end of the world. For my first impression, I thought he was very misunderstood, but also very reserved or introverted, I would say which kind of made him that way. His relationship with himself was very tattered, he was very infamous when it comes to bad things in Roswell according to the book, but I chose to believe that due to his more reticent-self, his words did not speak, but his actions did. Within the book, people thought he was a bad guy who intercepted with people's hope just to gain profit off of it, he even thought he was a piece of shit himself. But, in reality, he just wanted to save money up to go to Cali with his mother and pay the debt his dead father had left him, regardless if he was to be beaten up and so on. One of my favourite quotes that they had mentioned about him was the one after him and his 'boyfriend' broke up: "And Jesse would stay here. Jesse would always stay here. Above him, the stars were winking. Gloating, maybe. Or maybe they felt sorry for him, too." He was my favorite (Not cause he's gay like me... I mean, kinda. I'm just kidding. Not really. No, I was.) because his lines and character development were the best ones in the book.
My second favourite was Adeem. He was technically abandoned and left behind by his older sister, which he loved very much. I love Adeem's story, it reminded me of Miles Morales' story. Although, this one slightly is in contrast because he is finding his sister who had come out as lesbian and then left, he had no way of finding her until he found a message from his radio by his sister that was meant for someone else, thus making him search for her days before the end of the world. From my perspective, he was one of the most reasonable ones out of the group, his feelings were valid. But, he was also very forgiving. Adeem was a smart character and his reasonable persona led him to one of my favorite quotes of his, "Everyone tells us we have to follow the same blueprint: You gotta go to school. Graduate. Go to college, if you want the best job. Get married. Make babies. Work some more, get promoted. Then, you retire. We want, and want, and want, and then we die. Then people say, Oh, what a great life that person led. But that's not living. It's just a way to exist."
Alright, so... last one is Cate. She's kind of my least favorite. Yes, her father did leave her and she has a psychopathic mom. But, most of her actions led her to some decisions that I think was poorly made, like being too... nice. Too nice to let strangers who believe in some type of cult to be their friend or maybe too adventurous that she would y'know try and kiss some boy who she barely knew and was obviously burning of alcohol. However, through it all, I did like her. I liked her because she was still caring and kind, even though she was a bit stubborn. She had a bucket list of what to do, even though she would do it at the end of the world which kind of messed up their plan. I did see a bit of character development, but.. not as much as the other two. But, I do like the quotes that the author adds into her story, such as: "Cate missed a man she'd never even met. Cling to memories she'd never had." Maybe Cate and I did have something in common, like y'know *our dads are dead* ahem, BUT I don't like a freshman... I swear,