This summer, I was giving myself the big present of reading grown-up books while on vacation. Most of the time, the only way I can begin to keep up on the books in my field is to read them more or less back-to-back. But vacation time is when I have the wonderful treat of reading books written not for children or teens, but for adults. So after getting recommendations far and wide, I set off to the cabin with my big bag of books, and amongst them was Jasper Fforde’s The Eyre Affair. Ironically, the copy I checked out was in the library’s YA section, so that took away a little from the feeling of reading an adult book but anyway…
So I’m reading along and inside the book is a little square of paper. I look at it, expecting to see someone’s shopping list or a scribbled note, and instead I see this:
It reads: “You are loved. Don’t ever forget that.”
The other side reads: ” P.S. You’re a totally made of awesome person. I can tell because you’re at a library. Best wishes from firstname.lastname@example.org”.
I still get kind of choked up when I read it. It’s so clearly the work of a teenager, and I find it deeply touching. I’ve never checked to verify it, but I’m guessing it will somehow trace back to YA author John Green and his brother Hank. I put it back in the book when I returned it, and I hope whoever finds it next gets the wonderful moment of surprise and tenderness that I got. Thank you, whoever you are!