Krazy Katie (krazykatieart) wrote in lani_garver,
Krazy Katie

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Intro Post


{Three books (other than Lani Garver)}
Brave New World, Keeping You a Secret, The Lovely Bones.

{What do you think Lani Garver was?}
That really depends on my mood. Currently, I believe Lani Garver was a very special human. He possessed the ability to analyze and interpret the actions and appearances of many people, and accept them for what they really were. He was kind to all, even if they treated him with hostility. He understood things beyond his age, and his intelligence seemed to reach no end. I've come to believe that he was a floating angel, but not in a religious sense. In his own way he was of a higher power, and he used his empathetic nature to help those struggling around him.

{How did you feel after reading that book?}
The first time I finished the book, I felt as though I was looking down at my own body as I drifted down the stairs for dinner. It was the most frightening and amazing experience I've had to date. At first, I was completely and utterly depressed, but I retained an ounce of belief that Lani had no end. He was really the first character I could ever relate to in so many different ways. I felt like I'd met him personally, and he remains my favorite fictional character of all time. I've written many essays on Lani, even those that suggested using very well known works of fiction. Lani had a lot to say, even in his silence, and I'll forever use him as an example.

{Do you think What Happened to Lani Garver should be a banned book in libraries? Why or why not?}
Absolutely not. What Happened to Lani Garver is an amazing story about personal growth suitable for both teenagers and adults. The book touches base on every day issues in the world that are overlooked or avoided in discussions. Which topics are purposely avoided in many discussions, available novels, or projects? Illnesses, disorders, homosexuality, drugs and alcohol, hate crimes, and the line between religion and reality. This book brings all of those to the surface, sometimes in a very blunt way. The truth must be spoken, no matter how harsh it may be.

{Does Lani Garver deserve more attention, such as a film or otherwise?}
Lani Garver deserves a lot more attention, but I wouldn't want to see a film come about. It's wonderful to see a visual, but it was hard enough seeing a photograph on the cover of the book, let alone a feature film. I'd prefer to imagine the characters and settings in my own mind opposed to someone else's.

{What do you think exactly happened to Lani Garver?}
Depends on the moment I'm considering it all. In the end, I feel the same way Claire feels about the situation. Logically, it would make sense that he was indeed killed, but logical answers aren't always the most satisfying. They may not even be the most correct in some cases. Most days I choose to believe that Lani was some sort of supernatural being that walked in and out of Claire's life to help her. I'd say my feelings about Lani border on the line between religion and reality, creating more of a science fiction scenario. I guess in some ways I can relate to Claire, but in most ways I always felt I knew Lani best. There are plenty of clues throughout the novel that hint that Lani survived in some way and just needed to move on. We'll never really know. It's the question alone that is so haunting. The title itself represents that same question. What Happened to Lani Garver as in the story of what actually happened to him...or as a question we find ourselves asking...What Happened to Lani Garver?
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