WHAT KISS THE SKY MEANS TO ME...
AS TOLD BY KRISTA
Some of you may not know, but I never planned on becoming an author, a writer, or anything in between. I started writing a little after Becca (when I was twelve, I guess). And they were horrible stories. No plot. All character-driven books. Between high school and college, I must have written over a hundred books. Nothing completed. And most between 20,000-70,000 words. I was just messing around. I liked to write, but nothing serious like Becca.
My path was medicine. It had been since I was thirteen. I was going to be a doctor. There was no other possibility in my head. It was tunnel vision. It was all I could ever see myself doing. So I get to college and I majored in Biology, and I pushed myself so hard to achieve my dream. I did Genetics research, volunteering, shadowing, and even an honors thesis my senior year. College was a marathon that literally left me winded by the end. I had "burned out" as so many other students do.
But I still took the MCAT. I still got a med school interview. I jumped through all those hoops, even though it felt really different. Why?
I started writing books with Becca. It changed everything. I actually finished a book, for starters. And we realized quickly how good of a team we actually are. We're twins, but all my strengths in writing are Becca's weaknesses. All Becca's strengths are my weaknesses. We compliment each other.
So here I was. The end of my senior year of college. I should have been so excited. I completed the hardest, most rigorous 4 years of my life, and all I could feel was dread. My dreams had slowly begun to change and I didn't even realize it until the very end. It's a weird, weird feeling.
Which brings me to my next point. Becca wrote something from Connor Cobalt's POV that literally made me start crying when I read it. It felt like she saw exactly what I went through, and just reached in and grabbed out my heart.
**There's a small SPOILER in the quote -- if you haven't read KISS THE SKY**
“I’m withdrawing from Wharton,” I deliver the lines with finality. It hardly topples me backwards. It doesn’t even make me sway. In fact, a weight rises off my shoulders— a heaviness that I didn’t even know was there before. Dragging me down.
It’s not as earth-shattering as I once believed it would be. Sometimes the dreams you construct for yourself at ten, twelve-years-old aren’t the same ones you thought they would be at twenty-four. And it just takes a while to finally make peace with that.
I think I just have.
So this is why I absolutely love Becca's writing. I was the one who experienced something much similar to Connor. And yet, she's the one who ultimately wrote those lines that express every sentiment about the situation.
So after, a huge lengthy explanation, KISS THE SKY means so much to me because I can relate to Connor. And because it proved, once again, that Becca is my perfect writing partner :)