The Worst Person in the World

The Worst Person in the World ★★★★

Youth is a paradox. You’re free, but you aren’t. You can have it all, but you can’t. You’re the worst, but you’re also the center of so many people’s universes who must think about you enough to hate you. It’s a time of moving and being stuck. Of revelations and sameness. Of energy and exhaustion. And growth happens between it all. Julie doesn’t know what she wants, but she knows she wants something. Her dream of something takes her from medicine to psychology, from psychology to photography, and from love of her life to love of her life. Each choice she makes is deliberate, Julie is convinced of it like she’s never been convinced of anything before. But she also feels like her choices are made for her. Some would say she’s undecided; she never sees anything through. Others would say she’s brave because more than most, she’s willing to try, to take a leap and see where it leads. Sometimes, in order to understand what we want, we have to see what we don’t. And Julie grows over the course of her choices, of her mistakes, of the dead ends she is led to. She finds her own freedom and possibility, and learns to accept that she isn’t the worst, only young; and the something she’s so long longed for takes the form of a life.

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