I'm not crying, just got something in my eye
Okay, I am crying. It was such a beautiful story, told from such a pure heart and whimsical pen.The story seemed in the beginning to be about a girl struggling with depression. It was glaringly obvious that Tony was not real, and the father's outburst reminded me of how often fathers are more of a problem when dealing with mental illness in their children. The realization that Tony's world was real in its own way as a very sweet one. It alluded to how things which are not real, like a fictional realm, are more important, more heart-warming than things which solidly occupy matter and space. Chelsea's betrayal was a little nonsensical and abrupt, as if she were just realizing everything along with the unwitting Jessica. Jessica's moral dilemma in the following chapters was beautifully relayed to us, even though the gazillion rules about travelling from one world to the other were not amply clear. It was a truly remarkable concept to have Jessica exchange lives with her grandfather. The last chapter had me crying like a baby. First, the parents finally realize Jessica's truth. Jessica's devotion to her parents was the main thing which prevented her from staying with Tony in the other world. Then, Chelsea being accepted into Jessica's family was beautiful because it showed the value of forgiveness. What was Chelsea but a 14 year old girl when she took away Jessica's right to live? Chelsea transitioning into a total gossip girl later on made me smile, it was like a breeze of normalcy and happiness in the face of everything Jessica had been through. The icing on the cake was the perfectly timed return of Tony, who was perfect in every way, except for his name. The way that Tony and Jessica's union facilitated that of the grandparents was very well conceived. The ending was beautiful, with both Tony and Jessica having forgiven Chelsea, and Jessica finally finding the happiness she lost when she was 8 and her dog died. Jessica represented to me myself, and I was so touched by her strength and grace. It was a wonderful story and I would love to read more of you work. Thank you for existing in this cruel world, you give me hope in our future.
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