• This is not something anyone can teach you. Heartbreak you must learn on your own

    Chelsey Philpot
  • Childhood is not all candy stores and recess; it’s frustrations and confusions, too

    Chelsey Philpot
  • Illness can be undignified. Suffering does not have a purpose, and relationships are complicated. In the most painful way a person can, Hazel comes to realize, that love does not, cannot, conquer death. What it can do, however, is transcend it

    Chelsey Philpot
  • In the Empire, the Scholars are not allowed to read and, like so many bullies and power-seekers who hide behind ideologies to justify the terrible things they do, their oppressors wear masks. 'An Ember in the Ashes' suggests that such masks (literal or figurative) don’t work. Not forever, anyway. Masks only cover faces. It’s actions that show who we are

    Chelsey Philpot
  • The air was swollen with music, shouting, and something I could not quite place- a feeling of happiness, but happiness with an edge, a sense of joy that was all the more meaningful because it was so fleeting

    Chelsey Philpot
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