I’d suffered from TEABS for most of my life and didn’t realize it. I never had a name for it. I thought I was the only one struggling with this affliction and I felt like I had no one to talk to.
Until Forever Young Adult came along. They gave a name to how I was feeling and now I’m able to handle TEABS, to process what I’m going through and manage it.
TEABS is The End of an Awesome Book Syndrome.
TEABS is what happens when you finish reading reading Harry Potter and you feel like you’ll never love a book like that again.
TEABS is getting to the end of Mockingjay and feeling like you have to stay in that world just a little bit longer. You read thinkpieces and write fanfic and buy T-shirts.
TEABS is reading “The End” and feeling paralyzed, unable to move on to another book.
I’m TEABS-ing right now.
I saw that The Duff was coming out in theaters and was getting decent reviews, so I decided to read the book. I was hooked right from the start. This book has everything I want in a YA novel: no instalove (Romeo & Juliet type romance), a romantic interest who lands just this side of jackass, a female lead who has more going on in her life than BOYS. Also, this book really spoke to my Duff-esque high school experience. And it was one of those books that made me so gloriously jealous that I wasn’t the one who wrote it.
I finished the book on Sunday night and was all, “Now what? Where do I go from here?”
I have a massive To-Read list that only gets bigger, never smaller, and none of those books sounded enticing. Then I turned on my Kindle and there was an ad for another book by the same woman who wrote The Duff and it was only $2.99. (I’ll have to write a post another day about the ghost in my Kindle machine, because it knows too much about me. The Kindle will kill us all.)
It’s not The Duff, meaning I haven’t fallen hard (yet) for this book like I did with the other book, but I think that’s a good thing. I don’t want another TEABS-triggering story right now. I want to be able to move on after this novel. And a less Duff-y Duff may be the perfect thing to get me over my TEABS, to bridge the gap between The Duff and every other book.
How do you cope with TEABS?
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