i know, i know.
i hate the hype and here i am writing about these books.
i promise i will not keep blogging about this.
i'm not like that.
i just have a few things to say.
there are three things that i love about katniss.
three things that i learned from her, if you will.
1. arrows are cool.
2. braids are cool.
3. she had her head screwed on straight.
most of the time.
hear me out.
if you haven't read the books and are planning to...you might not want to read this.
i'm gonna spoil.
i heard very mixed reviews on the 3rd book in this trilogy.
some people loved it.
some people really hated it.
i went into it a tad bummed and not knowing what to expect.
but i had to know the ending.
and listen up...I LOVED THE ENDING.
don't get me wrong...it was sad.
it was really, really sad.
and throughout the book, i kept wondering, is this whole thing about people dying?
and a lot of it was about that.
you get to the end of this tragic story expecting a tragic ending.
but instead i felt hopeful.
this is why:
i think the reason i loved the ending so much is that life is not a bowl of cherries all the time.
it's not always rainbows and butterflies.
LIFE IS HARD.
and there are a lot of days where you just survive.
and not everything has a happy ending.
most things don't, actually.
most of us have a lot of tragedy in our lives.
but it goes on...
and the thing that made me cry for a long time after i turned the final page was the fact that Jesus offers rebirth instead of destruction.
he offers the promise that life can go on, no matter how bad our losses.
he offers the dandelion in the spring after a brutally cold winter.
he offers a life that CAN be good again.
and when i read the ending of the book, i realized that in some ways, even though those books are crazy unrealistic,
they made me take a deep breath when i was done and say, "i need that dandelion, too."
listen. i'm not gonna stop shaving my legs and go buy a flaming bow & arrow.
i'm not gonna wish katniss & peeta were real.
i may never read these books again and i'll probably forget majority of the story line in a few months.
but contrary to a lot of opinions i heard about the 3rd book >> i loved it.
i had a big smile on my face and a full heart the rest of the night.
because Jesus offers us rebirth in a world of destruction.
and those odds are ever in my favor.