Franzen recognizes that in order to create checklists that you actually stick with, they need to fill a need beyond "getting things done." They need to help you live the kind of life you want to live.
What I liked about Sister Outsider is that it wasn't written for me as a straight, white woman.
I feel like I'm living a life well-lived, for the first time in a long time.
No other poet in the last ten years (or maybe ever) has been able to create such a powerful shift in the public opinion of poetry.
Going to college has changed immensely in the last 10-15 years, and writers from older generations are, frankly, unequipped to represent it in a genuine way. Alice Oseman is a Millennial herself, and has experienced the unique pressures that come along with higher education nowadays, and her expertise on the subject shows.
I would have appreciated this book if it was just a collection of stories about this particular family so rife with secrets, but Ng does more than that. The story itself in Everything I Never Told You is compelling in the way only real life can be.