Revel in Star-Crossed Romance With “The Lost Marble Notebook of Forgotten Girl and Random Boy”
Unlike most other sappy YA novels, Marie Jaskulka’s The Lost Marble Notebook of Forgotten Girl and Random Boy is a realistic love story set to poetry. Forgotten Girl is a poetry-loving teenager who is going through a rough patch in life: her parents are getting a divorce and her mother is struggling with depression. However, she meets a good-looking popular teen named Random Boy who also secretly writes poetry in an attempt to make sense of his life. Their star-crossed love story is told in heart wrenching poems, and even if you’re not a teenager yourself, you can’t help but get swept up in their tale.
Both nameless teens bare their soul as they recount what it is like to have a first kiss, the devastating power of jealousy, and the sheer joy of finally meeting someone who truly understands you. Jaskulka also muses on the masks we wear for society. Forgotten Girl and Random Boy are both forced to put a pleasant smile on their faces while they interact with their peers and relatives, but deep inside their souls are crying out from all the emotional pain they are in.
The story of the two nameless teenagers is gritty and realistic—there’s no Twilight-style happy ending for the two lovebirds, only intense emotions and the knowledge that sometimes, love turns to hate.